Jorge Lorenzo broke clear of Valentino Rossi to take his second win in a row at Le Mans on Sunday.
Rossi led for the first eleven of the 28 laps, at which point Lorenzo's second attempt to overtake the reigning seven time MotoGP champion into the first chicane handed him a lead he would never lose.
Lorenzo was simply too fast for Rossi, who struggled with grip problems on corner exit and was left a distant 5.672sec behind the victorious Spaniard at the flag.
"I am so happy to win for the second race in a row, it's the first time for me in MotoGP and it makes me feel very confident in myself,” said Lorenzo, who too a very different kind of victory on the last lap of the previous Spanish GP, after Rossi had won in Qatar.
“Finally I did a good start, which I'm really happy about, then I easily got past Pedrosa,” continued Lorenzo. “Passing Valentino wasn't so easy because he was braking so deep and I had to be very patient, something that I might not have managed one year ago! Finally I overtook him but I didn't expect to be able to go away in that way, my bike and Bridgestone tyres just felt so good and it wasn't difficult for me to keep this pace up.
“I have had a good time in Le Mans since I joined Yamaha; one second and two victories, so I think I can say I enjoy racing here in France! It is fantastic to be leading the championship but there is a long way to go and now we go to Mugello, a track that I love but where my rivals are very strong. Thank you to my team and everyone at Yamaha for this great weekend."
Lorenzo has now extended his lead from four to nine points heading into Rossi's home Italian Grand Prix.
“I thought, coming here, that the pressure from leading the championship might worry him but this wasn't the case at all, he just kept his head down and this win is a fantastic reward for such good work,” said Lorenzo's team manager Wilco Zeelenberg.