- Associated Press - Sunday, May 8, 2016

LE MANS, France (AP) - Jorge Lorenzo led from the start to win a crash-filled French Moto Grand Prix on Sunday and move to the top of the world championship standings.

Lorenzo, who set a new fastest lap record on the 4.2-kilometer (2.6-mile) Le Mans circuit in qualifying, was in total control and won ahead of Yamaha teammate Valentino Rossi. Maverick Vinales completed the podium on his Suzuki.

It was Lorenzo’s second win this season and Vinales’s first podium finish in the top category.

“A perfect day, especially for the championship,” Lorenzo said. “I wanted to keep a high pace and not to lose the concentration, so I kept pushing.”

In dry conditions, previous championship leader Marc Marquez crashed with 13 laps to go along with Andrea Dovizioso during a fierce three-way battle for second place with Rossi. The Italian rider was on the attack from the off after starting from 7th place and moved to second in the space of 13 laps.

“When you start from the third row and you arrive second, it’s always great,” Rossi said.

Both Marquez and Dovizioso skidded off the track at the same time on the same corner although there was no contact between them.

Lorenzo, the defending champion now has a five-point lead over Marquez, who was able to rejoin the race and finished 13th. Rossi is third overall, trailing the championship leader by 12 points.

“If Marquez finished 2nd I would have recovered five points, but now I’ve recovered more than 20, so it’s a great result,” Lorenzo said.

Alex Rins won the Moto2 race for his second win this year while Brad Binder won in the Moto3 category to remain at the top of the standings.

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