MotoGP: Race Results from Le Mans

05/18/2014 @ 1:36 pm, by Jensen Beeler12 COMMENTS

MotoGP: Race Results from Le Mans 2014 Sunday Le Mans MotoGP French GP Scott Jones 12 635x422

MotoGP Race Results from the French GP at Le Mans, France:

Pos.RiderTeamBikeKM/HDiff.
1Marc MARQUEZRepsol Honda TeamHonda159.544’03.925
2Valentino ROSSIMovistar Yamaha MotoGPYamaha159.4+1.486
3Alvaro BAUTISTAGO&FUN Honda GresiniHonda159.3+3.144
4Pol ESPARGAROMonster Yamaha Tech 3Yamaha159.3+3.717
5Dani PEDROSARepsol Honda TeamHonda159.3+4.077
6Jorge LORENZOMovistar Yamaha MotoGPYamaha159.1+7.088
7Stefan BRADLLCR Honda MotoGPHonda158.8+11.527
8Andrea DOVIZIOSODucati TeamDucati158.2+22.103
9Aleix ESPARGARONGM Forward RacingForward Yamaha158.1+22.626
10Bradley SMITHMonster Yamaha Tech 3Yamaha158.1+23.108
11Cal CRUTCHLOWDucati TeamDucati158.0+25.780
12Scott REDDINGGO&FUN Honda GresiniHonda157.2+39.523
13Yonny HERNANDEZEnergy T.I. Pramac RacingDucati157.0+42.544
14Hiroshi AOYAMADrive M7 AsparHonda157.0+42.736
15Karel ABRAHAMCardion AB MotoracingHonda156.2+56.644
16Michael LAVERTYPaul Bird MotorsportPBM155.2+1’14.123
17Colin EDWARDSNGM Forward RacingForward Yamaha154.8+1’19.723
18Broc PARKESPaul Bird MotorsportPBM154.2+1’30.934
19Mike DI MEGLIOAvintia RacingAvintia154.0+1’34.521
Not Classified
Andrea IANNONEPramac RacingDucati148.927 Laps
Hector BARBERAAvintia RacingAvintia141.827 Laps
Not Finished 1st Lap
Nicky HAYDENDrive M7 AsparHonda0 Lap

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Comment:

  1. L2C says:

    Just what you wouldn’t expect is what was expected and delivered, as usual. Le Mans.

    Personally? *sigh*

  2. Eyvind says:

    hmmm….
    I think either Marc, or his team let MM get behind on purpose… kind of time it so that he puts on a show…
    I absolutely think he gets behind on purpose.
    1- To put on a show so that people don’t get bored.
    2- To aid MM with his concentration. When he gets in front early on, he kinda looses concentration, and not fun…

    So, Marc is even greater than we think…

    I was concerned about his mental state this race at LeMans…
    He said that he expected more resistance when he reached the front, but it was really easy to overtake Rossi as he was making mistakes.
    Guess, it was about time when he showed his true personality. All this smile ‘n shine… well… the guy is aggressive, and his personality will start to show as he grows older, and better…

  3. Jose Polanco says:

    Great Race! Marquez reign of terror continues. Truly dominating performance.

  4. Gutterslob says:

    Same winner, but this race was actually quite a fun watch. Too bad Rossi made that mistake. We might have had at least a lap of scrapping if he didn’t.

    Bautista finishing ahead of Pedrosa and the younger Espargaro finishing ahead of Lorenzo. Interesting times.

  5. DuckDuckBang says:

    all this year, but especially in this race, you can literally see the extra power & aggression in marquez riding. it’s not racing, it is bowling. i literally cannot see how you could even hope to contain someone riding behind you like that. every corner entry, every turn, every apex, every exit, it looks like he’s on another bike with twice the juice of everyone else.

  6. Xan says:

    Good race. First time this season I’ve thought “hmmm well maybe Marquez can get to podium position before it’s over”. After the first couple of passes, it became apparent that he was just going to pick his way through everyone though.

    What is it with Rossi? EVERY race he goes wide like 10 times. I suppose his speed is what keeps him at the top, but you rarely see the other top guys just randomly going crazy wide on turns. If they’re in traffic, sure it can happen, but Rossi just seems to do it to himself over and over.

    It seems like Pedrosa is a bit useless if he doesn’t qualify on the first row. That bike is significantly better than a lot of the bikes he struggled to pass the whole race. Lorenzo just seems to be having trouble with consistency. One lap he’s dominating people, the next he loses 2 seconds.

    Overall a good race though. Nice to see something other than a Movistar or Repsol doing more than competing for 5th+. With Marquez handily coming back from 10th, it seems like the only way he is going to lose is if he crashes. I wonder what the record for earliest championship clench is…..

  7. FafPak says:

    So…where are all the internet “experts” and self proclaimed “pundits” who kept on chanting that Rossi was merely “best of the rest|should retire|is embarrassing himself in MotoGP|etc etc etc”…

    Oh yeah, that’s right, every single one of them has lost his/her voice this season. Thanks Rossi for silencing your critics!

    I wonder how long before the vultures replace the name “Rossi” with “Lorenzo” and start spewing the same old baseless vitriol…

  8. DuckDuckBang says:

    few things:

    pedrosa was racing post surgery for arm-pump, so he was struggling away. he looked destroyed at the end so you cannot be too hard on him. that said, the apples and apples comparison of his and marquez on the best machinery from 10th place does not look good. there have been other races where similar things have happened — both been back in the pack and marquez has leapfrogged to the front while pedrosa takes forever.

    some action in front of lorenzo stood him up and ran marquez wide. marquez’s skills saved him from being very close to an incident. you can’t really fake that to put on a show but it played out nicely.

    that said, marc absolutely sucks off the launch. he literally has not had a whole shot ever, it kinda makes pole irrelevant. given his skills tho, i can’t help but think it is a deliberate ploy as someone else said to avoid the pressure of concentration required to lead an entire race start to finish. his racing wisdom has evolved exponentially every race, but i think blowing the start and allowing others to beat themselves has been deliberate the whole way. thats the problem for everyone else, the psychological component of marquez being on the grid has been huge without him having to bat an eyelid. after this run, i can’t imagine what it’s doing to the others.

    good to see rossi’s performance this year, i hope he can find that extra bit of consistency with braking or whatevers sending him wide and making lil mistakes. next few races are a good run for him.

  9. vman2957 says:

    The best thing about this season… Rossi haters/detractors pwned .

    Maybe they can now talk how Pedrosa and Lorenzo are all done, how about Crutchlow ? Or waiting for Stoner to come and rescue Duc. Ok sorry rant over…

  10. crshnbrn says:

    re: “the psychological component of marquez being on the grid has been huge without him having to bat an eyelid. after this run, i can’t imagine what it’s doing to the others.”

    I wonder which is more demoralizing; watching Marquez ride off into the horizon, or him picking his way thru the pack at will.

  11. Jw says:

    History in the making. I am glad to be a pert of it in a small way.

  12. a tom says:

    +1 on what Duck said with regards to Pedrosa. He had the surgery ~1.5 weeks before the race weekend, yet placed 5th and was still on the charge (was faster than Rossi towards the end). Looked completely wiped after the race though, you could see it on his face.

    On his passing… Well, he did sit behind Lorenzo for a bit, but once he got past he dropped the hammer such that Lorenzo looked like he completely gave up.