2012 French motorcycle Grand Prix

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France  2012 French Grand Prix
Race details
Race 4 of 18 races in the
2012 Grand Prix motorcycle racing season
Bugatti Circuit.svg
Date 20 May 2012
Official name Monster Energy Grand Prix de France
Location Bugatti Circuit, Le Mans
Course
  • Permanent racing facility
  • 4.185 km (2.600 mi)
MotoGP
Pole position
Rider Spain Dani Pedrosa Honda
Time 1:33.638
Fastest lap
Rider Italy Valentino Rossi Ducati
Time 1:44.614
Podium
First Spain Jorge Lorenzo Yamaha
Second Italy Valentino Rossi Ducati
Third Australia Casey Stoner Honda
Moto2
Pole position
Rider Spain Marc Márquez Suter
Time 1:37.710
Fastest lap
Rider Italy Claudio Corti Kalex
Time 1:53.855
Podium
First Switzerland Thomas Lüthi Suter
Second Italy Claudio Corti Kalex
Third United Kingdom Scott Redding Kalex
Moto3
Pole position
Rider Spain Maverick Viñales FTR Honda
Time 1:55.865
Fastest lap
Rider Czech Republic Jakub Kornfeil FTR Honda
Time 2:01.056
Podium
First France Louis Rossi FTR Honda
Second Spain Alberto Moncayo Kalex KTM
Third Spain Álex Rins Suter Honda

The 2012 French motorcycle Grand Prix was the fourth round of the 2012 Grand Prix motorcycle racing season. It took place on the weekend of 18–20 May 2012 at the Bugatti Circuit in Le Mans, France. In a press conference on the Thursday before the race, Casey Stoner announced his retirement from the sport at the end of the season.[1] He went on to finish third in the MotoGP race, handing the championship lead to Jorge Lorenzo, the race winner. Valentino Rossi took second place for his first podium since the previous year's race. Thomas Lüthi and Louis Rossi won the Moto2 and Moto3 races respectively. This was the 800th race to contribute to the Grand Prix motorcycle racing championship.

Classification[edit]

MotoGP[edit]

Pos. No. Rider Manufacturer Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 99 Spain Jorge Lorenzo Yamaha 28 49:39.743 4 25
2 46 Italy Valentino Rossi Ducati 28 +9.905 7 20
3 1 Australia Casey Stoner Honda 28 +11.298 2 16
4 26 Spain Dani Pedrosa Honda 28 +29.361 1 13
5 6 Germany Stefan Bradl Honda 28 +32.477 13 11
6 69 United States Nicky Hayden Ducati 28 +32.842 11 10
7 4 Italy Andrea Dovizioso Yamaha 28 +59.759 3 9
8 35 United Kingdom Cal Crutchlow Yamaha 28 +1:05.152 5 8
9 8 Spain Héctor Barberá Ducati 28 +1:07.846 9 7
10 19 Spain Álvaro Bautista Honda 28 +1:13.193 8 6
11 77 United Kingdom James Ellison ART 28 +1:26.663 16 5
12 54 Italy Mattia Pasini ART 28 +1:27.633 20 4
13 41 Spain Aleix Espargaró ART 27 +1 lap 17 3
14 51 Italy Michele Pirro FTR 27 +1 lap 14 2
15 68 Colombia Yonny Hernández BQR 27 +1 lap 15 1
16 11 United States Ben Spies Yamaha 27 +1 lap 6
17 7 Australia Chris Vermeulen Suter 26 +2 laps 21
18 22 Spain Iván Silva BQR 26 +2 laps 19
Ret 9 Italy Danilo Petrucci Ioda 24 Accident 18
Ret 14 France Randy de Puniet ART 22 Accident 12
Ret 17 Czech Republic Karel Abraham Ducati 11 Retirement 10
OFFICIAL MOTOGP REPORT

Moto2[edit]

Pos. No. Rider Manufacturer Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 12 Switzerland Thomas Lüthi Suter 26 50:02.816 2 25
2 71 Italy Claudio Corti Kalex 26 +6.354 9 20
3 45 United Kingdom Scott Redding Kalex 26 +12.162 4 16
4 29 Italy Andrea Iannone Speed Up 26 +16.338 5 13
5 36 Finland Mika Kallio Kalex 26 +19.278 6 11
6 40 Spain Pol Espargaró Kalex 26 +20.874 3 10
7 76 Germany Max Neukirchner Kalex 26 +28.117 26 9
8 14 Thailand Ratthapark Wilairot Suter 26 +38.317 28 8
9 38 United Kingdom Bradley Smith Tech 3 26 +40.940 19 7
10 80 Spain Esteve Rabat Kalex 26 +44.077 18 6
11 24 Spain Toni Elías Suter 26 +59.583 10 5
12 60 Spain Julián Simón Suter 26 +1:01.785 11 4
13 18 Spain Nicolás Terol Suter 26 +1:03.430 17 3
14 77 Switzerland Dominique Aegerter Suter 26 +1:10.341 12 2
15 44 Italy Roberto Rolfo Suter 26 +1:22.145 21 1
16 49 Spain Axel Pons Kalex 26 +1:46.994 16
17 72 Japan Yuki Takahashi Suter 25 +1 lap 20
18 10 Switzerland Marco Colandrea FTR 25 +1 lap 31
DSQ 95 Australia Anthony West Moriwaki 26 (+21.705)[2] 27
Ret 5 France Johann Zarco Motobi 21 Accident 8
Ret 82 Spain Elena Rosell Moriwaki 18 Accident 30
Ret 30 Japan Takaaki Nakagami Kalex 17 Accident 24
Ret 63 France Mike Di Meglio Speed Up 16 Accident 22
Ret 88 Spain Ricard Cardús AJR 13 Accident 15
Ret 93 Spain Marc Márquez Suter 11 Retirement 1
Ret 8 United Kingdom Gino Rea Suter 7 Accident 23
Ret 7 Sweden Alexander Lundh MZ-RE Honda 7 Retirement 25
Ret 15 San Marino Alex de Angelis Suter 3 Accident 7
Ret 47 Spain Ángel Rodríguez Bimota 2 Accident 29
Ret 3 Italy Simone Corsi FTR 2 Retirement 14
Ret 4 Switzerland Randy Krummenacher Kalex 1 Retirement 13
DNS 19 Belgium Xavier Siméon Tech 3
OFFICIAL MOTO2 REPORT

Moto3[edit]

Pos. No. Rider Manufacturer Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 96 France Louis Rossi FTR Honda 24 49:12.390 15 25
2 23 Spain Alberto Moncayo Kalex KTM 24 +27.348 7 20
3 42 Spain Álex Rins Suter Honda 24 +28.899 26 16
4 27 Italy Niccolò Antonelli FTR Honda 24 +33.195 27 13
5 61 Australia Arthur Sissis KTM 24 +36.989 14 11
6 11 Germany Sandro Cortese KTM 24 +45.312 6 10
7 53 Netherlands Jasper Iwema FGR Honda 24 +58.645 25 9
8 89 France Alan Techer TSR Honda 24 +1:05.022 18 8
9 21 Spain Iván Moreno FTR Honda 24 +1:09.194 29 7
10 30 Switzerland Giulian Pedone Suter Honda 24 +1:45.751 19 6
11 94 Germany Jonas Folger Ioda 23 +1 lap 11 5
12 77 Germany Marcel Schrötter Mahindra 23 +1 lap 32 4
13 86 Germany Kevin Hanus Honda 23 +1 lap 30 3
14 19 Italy Alessandro Tonucci FTR Honda 22 +2 laps 23 2
15 31 Finland Niklas Ajo KTM 20 +4 laps 13 1
Ret 63 Malaysia Zulfahmi Khairuddin KTM 17 Accident 10
Ret 25 Spain Maverick Viñales FTR Honda 16 Accident 1
Ret 44 Portugal Miguel Oliveira Suter Honda 15 Accident 3
Ret 39 Spain Luis Salom Kalex KTM 13 Accident 9
Ret 55 Spain Héctor Faubel Kalex KTM 12 Accident 8
Ret 84 Czech Republic Jakub Kornfeil FTR Honda 12 Accident 4
Ret 32 Spain Isaac Viñales FTR Honda 12 Accident 20
Ret 26 Spain Adrián Martín FTR Honda 8 Accident 12
Ret 8 Australia Jack Miller Honda 8 Retirement 22
Ret 15 Italy Simone Grotzkyj Suter Honda 7 Accident 24
Ret 99 United Kingdom Danny Webb Mahindra 7 Retirement 31
Ret 52 United Kingdom Danny Kent KTM 5 Accident 17
Ret 5 Italy Romano Fenati FTR Honda 2 Accident 21
Ret 10 France Alexis Masbou Honda 1 Accident 5
Ret 51 Japan Kenta Fujii TSR Honda 1 Accident 28
Ret 41 South Africa Brad Binder Kalex KTM 0 Accident 16
Ret 3 Italy Luigi Morciano Ioda 0 Retirement 33
DNS 7 Spain Efrén Vázquez FTR Honda 2
DNS 9 Germany Toni Finsterbusch Honda
OFFICIAL MOTO3 REPORT

References[edit]

  1. ^ "MotoGP champion Casey Stoner to retire at end of season". BBC Sport. 17 May 2012. Retrieved 17 May 2012. 
  2. ^ "Decision of the FIM International Disciplinary Court (CDI) in the matter of Anthony West (AUS)" (PDF). fim-live.com. Fédération Internationale de Motocyclisme. 29 October 2012. Retrieved 12 November 2012. [...] the CDI decided to disqualify Anthony West from the French round of the 2012 FIM Moto2 World Championship, held on 20 May in Le Mans. 


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