He appeared to be in trouble at the start of the weekend but was in fact quietly working away in preparation for the race: Alex Rins, the Catalan rider with Sito Pons' team, emerged during Saturday's qualifying and then used Sunday's race to show the effectiveness of the work he and his expert team had carried out, proving how talent is nothing if it isn't well supported.
This is Rins' second win of the season, but the best news is that he's now moved into the lead in terms of the championship, ahead of Englishman Sam Lowes, in difficulty here at Le Mans.
Winner Rins, smiling after the race, commented: “I knew Corsi wanted to pass me, but I pushed throughout each lap without knowing my precise advantage. I'm pleased with the work completed by the team and now we lead the championship”.
In second position today was a very strong Simone Corsi, who put together a great race, closing ahead of Thomas Luthi, so dominant in practice. Fourth for Morbidelli, followed by Nakagami and Lowes, fifth and sixth. The other Italians were further back; twelfth for Luca Marini and an unlucky end for Baldassarri who crashed out while fighting for the podium.
Rins now leads the championship with 87 points, followed by Lowes with 82 and Luthi on 69.