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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.[2] 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.

France  2012 French Grand Prix
Race details
Race 4 of 18 races in the
2012 Grand Prix motorcycle racing season
Bugatti Circuit.svg
Date20 May 2012
Official nameMonster Energy Grand Prix de France[1]
LocationBugatti Circuit
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

ClassificationEdit

MotoGPEdit

Pos. No. Rider Team Manufacturer Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 99   Jorge Lorenzo Yamaha Factory Racing Yamaha 28 49:39.743 4 25
2 46   Valentino Rossi Ducati Team Ducati 28 +9.905 7 20
3 1   Casey Stoner Repsol Honda Team Honda 28 +11.298 2 16
4 26   Dani Pedrosa Repsol Honda Team Honda 28 +29.361 1 13
5 6   Stefan Bradl LCR Honda MotoGP Honda 28 +32.477 13 11
6 69   Nicky Hayden Ducati Team Ducati 28 +32.842 11 10
7 4   Andrea Dovizioso Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 28 +59.759 3 9
8 35   Cal Crutchlow Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 28 +1:05.152 5 8
9 8   Héctor Barberá Pramac Racing Team Ducati 28 +1:07.846 9 7
10 19   Álvaro Bautista San Carlo Honda Gresini Honda 28 +1:13.193 8 6
11 77   James Ellison Paul Bird Motorsport ART 28 +1:26.663 16 5
12 54   Mattia Pasini Speed Master ART 28 +1:27.633 20 4
13 41   Aleix Espargaró Power Electronics Aspar ART 27 +1 lap 17 3
14 51   Michele Pirro San Carlo Honda Gresini FTR 27 +1 lap 14 2
15 68   Yonny Hernández Avintia Blusens BQR 27 +1 lap 15 1
16 11   Ben Spies Yamaha Factory Racing Yamaha 27 +1 lap 6
17 7   Chris Vermeulen NGM Mobile Forward Racing Suter 26 +2 laps 21
18 22   Iván Silva Avintia Blusens BQR 26 +2 laps 19
Ret 9   Danilo Petrucci Avintia Blusens Ioda 24 Accident 18
Ret 14   Randy de Puniet Power Electronics Aspar ART 22 Accident 12
Ret 17   Karel Abraham Cardion AB Motoracing Ducati 11 Retirement 10
Sources: [3][4][5]

Moto2Edit

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

Moto3Edit

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

Championship standings after the race (MotoGP)Edit

Below are the standings for the top five riders and constructors after round four has concluded.[7]

  • Note: Only the top five positions are included for both sets of standings.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "2012 French MotoGP". Motorsportmagazine.com. 13 June 2017. Retrieved 22 May 2018.
  2. ^ "MotoGP champion Casey Stoner to retire at end of season". BBC Sport. 17 May 2012. Retrieved 17 May 2012.
  3. ^ "2012 French MotoGP - Motor Sport Magazine Database". Motorpsortmagazine.com. 13 June 2017. Retrieved 30 September 2018.
  4. ^ "MONSTER ENERGY GRAND PRIX DE FRANCE · MotoGP Race Classification 2012". Motogp.com. Retrieved 30 September 2018.
  5. ^ "MONSTER ENERGY GRAND PRIX DE FRANCE : Race Classification after 28 laps = 117.18 km" (PDF). Resources.motogp.com. Retrieved 30 September 2018.
  6. ^ "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. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2012-11-19. 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.
  7. ^ "Standings" (PDF). resources.motogp.com. 2012. Retrieved 2019-08-25.


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