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Lorenzo reclaims MotoGP championship lead with Le Mans win

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Jorge Lorenzo moved back into the lead of the MotoGP riders’ championship after keeping his head while all about him lost theirs to win the French Grand Prix at Le Mans.

Defending champion Lorenzo arrived in France trailing Honda rider Marc Marquez by 17 points, but sent out a statement of intent on Saturday by claiming pole position.

Lorenzo managed to hold onto his lead off the line with a good start as the Ducati duo of Andrea Dovizioso and Andrea Iannone shot up into second and third place.

A fall on Lap 7 brought Iannone’s race to an early end, while Dovizioso soon found himself coming under significant pressure from Valentino Rossi as the nine-time world champions sought to make up for a poor qualifying display.

Rossi eased past into second place at half distance to leave Dovizioso in the clutches of Marquez, only for the pair to both fall simultaneously in unrelated incidents. Dovizioso retired, and although Marquez was able to continue, he would only finish the race 13th.

Up front, Lorenzo had no such problems as he eased to his second victory of the season, heading up a Yamaha one-two as Rossi followed 10 seconds behind in P2.

The flurry of falls allowed rising MotoGP star Maverick Vinales to score his first podium finish in the series and the first for Suzuki since 2008.

Dani Pedrosa finished fourth for Honda ahead of Pol Espargaro and Aleix Espargaro, while Danilo Petrucci’s return from injury was a success as he ended the race seventh. Hector Barbera, Alvaro Bautista and Stefan Bradl rounded out the top 10.

The MotoGP season continues in two weeks’ time with the Italian Grand Prix at Mugello.

Steve Torrence takes NHRA points lead with Gatornationals victory

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Two-time defending NHRA Top Fuel champion Steve Torrence took the points lead Sunday in the AMALIE Motor Oil Gatornationals, beating his father, Billy, in the final round at Gainesville Raceway.

Torrence had a 3.809-second run at 322.11 mph to win for the third time this year and 39th overall. He is now on track for another championship despite missing the season opener.

“We’ve got some good momentum and to be in the points lead, it’s a testament to how hard these guys work,” Steve Torrence said after the NHRA Gainesville victory. “We’ve just got to stay focused and concentrate on what the task at hand is, and that’s trying to win a championship. These guys give me an unbelievable race car and you just try not to screw it up.”

Ron Capps won in Funny Car, Alex Laughlin in Pro Stock and Matt Smith in Pro Stock Motorcycle.

Capps raced to his second win this year and 66th overall, beating Tim Wilkerson with a 3.937 at 323.12 in a Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat.

Laughlin topped Aaron Stanfield with a 7.068 at 204.76 in a Chevrolet Camaro for his first win this season and fourth in his career. Smith rode to his first victory in 2020 and 25th overall, topping Andrew Hines with a 6.843 at 196.99 on an EBR.