Pedrosa masters the rain to take MotoGP win

Dani Pedrosa (photo by MotoGP)Repsol Honda rider Dani Pedrosa took his second win of the season at the Monster Energy Grand Prix de France.

The Spaniard who now leads the World Championship after today’s win came in wet weather conditions. Taking his highest position on the podium and proving his doubters wrong was Monster Yamaha’s Cal Crutchlow after taking second place at his teams home GP. With rumours circulating that Moto2 rider Pol Espargaro will join the Tech3 team next year leaving Crutchlow out of a seat for the 2014 season, the British rider showed just what he could do even with a fractured Tibia.

After a bad start to the race Marc Marquez was able to climb through the field to end up in third place. Ducati’s Andrea Dovizioso had looked set to take the win but had to settle for fourth place, with team-mate Nicky Hayden following on behind in fifth. GO&FUN Honda Gresini rider Alvaro Bautista finished in front of factory Yamaha’s Jorge Lorenzo.

Ignite Pramac Racing’s Michele Pirro crossed the finish line in eighth, elsewhere Monster Yamaha’s Bradley Smith finished where he qualified in ninth and rounding out the top ten is LCR Honda’s Stefan Bradl who crashed out but managed to rejoin the race. Power Electronics Aspar’s Aleix Espargaro took the CRT honours after finishing in thirteenth.

MotoGP World Championship Standings –
• Dani Pedrosa – 83 Points
• Marc Marquez – 77 Points
• Jorge Lorenzo – 66 Points
• Cal Crutchlow – 55 Points
• Valentino Rossi – 47 Points By Laura Turner

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