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Motor Racing

Motorcycling: Pedrosa roars to top of table


Dani Pedrosa won the French Grand Prix yesterday, his second victory of the season, to take over the MotoGP championship lead from Marc Marquez.

Pedrosa, the Spanish GP winner, started sixth on the grid after crashing in qualifying but powered to the front to win in 49minutes, 17.707 seconds. Britain's Cal Crutchlow managed to finish second despite fracturing his shin on Saturday. Marquez was third after 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.