By Lisa Lewis
Frenchman Louis Rossi took his first grand prix victory in his home French Moto3 race, at a very wet Le Mans on Sunday.
Rossi becomes the first French rider to take a home win since Mike Di Meglio in 2008. The 22 year old stormed to the front after many riders crashed out of the lead in a race that only 15 riders finished.
Alberto Moncayo brought home the Bankia Aspar in second while fellow Spaniard Alex Rins finished third on the Estrella Galacia 0,0 Suter Honda.
The top five finishers all recorded personal best results. Many of those who crashed out of podium positions were able to rejoin and circulate to get world championship points in the cold, wet weather.
Italian rider Niccolo Antonelli raced sensibly in the conditions to take fourth on the San Carlo Gresini, benefiting as many ahead of him struggled in the rain.
Arthur Sissis lost positions earlier in an incident with Danny Kent but managing to stay on the bike served him well as he finished fifth for Red Bull KTM.
Title leader Sandro Cortese recovered from his nightmare qualification to run in the top three, after a late crash he rejoined the race to finish in sixth on his Red Bull KTM Ajo. He remains the championship leader.
Jasper Iwema finally got a strong result for the Moto FGR Honda team in seventh while Frenchman Alan Techer performed well at his home race in eighth For the Technomag TSR Honda team.
Ivan Moreno came ninth for the Andalucia JHK Laglisse team with Guilian Pedone rounding out the top ten for the Ambrogio team on their new Suter Chassis
Folger, Schrotter, Hanus, Tonucci and Ajo were the remaining finishers. Niklas Ajo managed to claim 15th despite crashing twice.