Jorge Lorenzo claimed his second race win of the 2015 MotoGP season in the French Grand Prix on Sunday after dominating proceedings at Le Mans to lead home teammate Valentino Rossi for a Yamaha one-two.
Racing on the Bugatti version of the Circuit de la Sarthe, Lorenzo made a great start from third place on the grid to move into the lead on the first lap.
From there, the Spaniard never looked back, leading the entirety of the race before crossing the line with a 3.8 second advantage over Rossi, whose championship lead now stands at 15 points.
Pole-sitter Marc Marquez endured a miserable afternoon at Le Mans, dropping down to fourth at the start before making another mistake to lose a further two places. Although the Spaniard did fight his way back up to P4 at the finish, he is now 33 points behind Rossi in the standings.
On his comeback from injury, Dani Pedrosa sustained a crash in the early stages of the race, but was able to continue and complete the full race distance, even if he did finish outside of the points in 16th place.
Ducati’s strong start to the season continued as Andrea Dovizioso finished third for the Italian team, whist teammate Andrea Iannone finished fifth on the sister bike.
American rider Nicky Hayden scored his best result of the season to date, finishing 11th on the Aspar Honda.
The next round of the MotoGP season is the Italian Grand Prix, taking place at Mugello in two weeks’ time.