Rossi tops Lorenzo to tie GP win record at Le Mans

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Jorge Lorenzo’s daring and skilful riding in the rain saw him manoeuvre from 12th place to finish in second on the slippery Le Mans track.

19 May 2008

MADRID  - MotoGP veteran Valentino Rossi won the French Grand Prix on Sunday, a result that makes the Italian the championship leader. Rossi's 90-career Grand Prix wins tie the record held by Spanish legend Ángel Nieto, and position him only four victories away from Giacomo Agostini's record 68 MotoGP wins.

Rossi finished ahead of Yamaha teammate Jorge Lorenzo, whose daring and skilful riding in the rain saw him manoeuvre from 12th place to finish in second on the slippery Le Mans track. Colin Edwards, also on a Yamaha, finished third.

Lorenzo, who fractured both ankles when he was catapulted from his bike at the Chinese Grand Prix two weeks ago, was cleared to ride, although he needed crutches to stand on the podium after the race.

Pedrosa's spill
A pre-race favourite until he suffered a fall with only 10 laps from the finish was last season's MotoGP runner-up Dani Pedrosa, who recovered from the spill to finish in fourth place.

Former champion Rossi leads the standings with 97 points, while Spanish rivals Lorenzo and Pedrosa are tied at 94.

In the 250cc category, Spain's Alex Debon of Aprilia took his first Grand Prix win, finishing ahead of the Italians Marco Simoncelli.

[El Pais / Madrid]

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