“Jorge Lorenzo really is back.”

Well, shit. Round 5 of the MotoGP Championship hit Le Mans this week for the French Grand Prix, and Jorge Lorenzo showed the field what’s what with another dominant performance, led from start to finish, with Valentino Rossi keeping track in 2nd, and Andrea Dovizioso on the podium again for Ducati. On top of that, we had the return of Thomas Luthi on the podium in Moto2, and Romano Fenati winning in Moto3, but Danny Kent taking yet more headlines. All that and more, as I review Le Mans… On bikes!


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Jorge Lorenzo dominates, Marquez scraps

The one thing I was hoping – Jorge Lorenzo to NOT take the holeshot. He did, and then eventually would suck the life out of the GP and go on to win again, this time by 3.8 seconds over Valentino Rossi, who cleared the Ducati’s into 3rd and 5th respectively, with a struggling Marc Marquez getting into an all-time cataclysmic tussle with Andrea Iannone who fell back in the 2nd half of the race.

Someone should have strapped a GoPro on the front of Bradley Smith’s bike and have him film the footage. Imagine the YouTube money! But seriously, go find that scrap, it’s worth a 2 point bonus to the entire race rating alone and it was magnificent to watch as they ripped each other a new one… for 4th!

A boring main event, but MAN the midfield brought the hammer. Also, a scary amount of fallers with Redding, Crutchlow, Bradl, Miller, Abraham, and Aleix Espargaro hitting the deck.

Props to Jorge Lorenzo too, his 56th GP win takes him into 5th on the all-time wins list, ahead of 5-time Champion Mick Doohan, a special accomplishment from one of the sport’s all-time consistent greats.

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Moto2 – Luthi, The Swiss Watch of The Class

Look out, Thomas Luthi’s cracked the Kalex code! A textbook performance from Luthi, as I’m desperate to avoid any cliched Swiss accuracy references. A performance where he took care of Zarco in the early going and never looked back, breaking the lap record in the process en route to a two-second victory in dominant fashion.

Tito Rabat pulled off his best performance of the season in 2nd, the reigning Champion finally seeming to get to grips with that 2015 Kalex chassis, winning the better of a narrow exchange with Johann Zarco in third, who was consistent but fell behind towards the end.

Sam Lowes was 4th, but showed frustration in the post race interview with BT Sport’s Gavin Emmett for choosing the wrong, softer compound tyre, losing too much time in the early going to the leading four.

In the midfield a great scrap as Franco Morbidelli resumed his tradition in