Pedrosa wins French MotoGP to take overall lead
LE MANS, France (AP) — Dani Pedrosa won the French Grand Prix on Sunday for his second victory of the season and took over the MotoGP championship lead from Marc Marquez.
Pedrosa started sixth on the grid after crashing in qualifying but the Spanish GP winner powered to the front to win in 49 minutes, 17.707 seconds.
Cal Crutchlow managed to finish second despite fracturing his shin bone on Saturday. Marquez was third after recovering from a poor start.
Pedrosa, who finished as runner-up last year, moved six points ahead of Marquez with defending world champion Jorge Lorenzo third in the overall standings.
Lorenzo had started second on the grid but had a poor day and finished seventh. Italian ace Valentino Rossi also had a miserable race as he fell toward the end.