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Pedrosa wins at Le Mans to regain Championship lead

Pedrosa wins at Le Mans to regain Championship lead

Pedrosa wins at Le Mans to regain Championship lead

Dani Pedrosa (Telefonica Movistar Honda) has won the 250cc Grand Prix Alice de France to regain his Championship lead after a ferocious last minute battle with Frenchman Randy de Puniet (Aprilia Aspar).

The race got off to a flying start with Dani Pedrosa starting in pole position and it wasn't long before a front group was formed with a fierce battle ensuing between Pedrosa, Casey Stoner (Carrera Sunglasses – LCR) Randy de Puniet, Andrea Dovizioso (Team Scot) and Jorge Lorenzo (Fortuna Honda).

The lead changed several times throughout the race, with Stoner, De Puniet and Lorenzo all making a good charge for the front spot.

Pedrosa bid his time before charging into first place on lap 18. The last few laps were all about Pedrosa and De Puniet, with De Puniet charging into first place to thunderous applause from his home crowd with a few laps to go.

De Puniet appeared to be unstoppable until the back of the last lap where Pedrosa charged back into first place to win the French GP, forcing de Puniet to settle for second place.

The third podium position was taken by Dovizioso, who has now been relegated to second place in the Championship standings on 69 points, four behind Pedrosa on 73 points.

Casey stoner finished off the podium in forth position, breaking a two-race winning streak, and Jorge Lorenzo took fifth place ahead of Hiroshi Aoyama (Telefonica Movistar Honda) in sixth.

Spanish riders Hector Barbera (Fortuna Honda) and Alex Debon (Wurth Honda BQR) finished in seventh and eighth respectively; while Frenchman Sylvain Guintoli (Equipe GP de France – Scrab) and Japanese Team Scot rider Yuki Takahashi completed the top ten.

Tags:
250cc, 2005, GRAND PRIX ALICE DE FRANCE, RAC

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