Daniel Pedrosa claimed the 250cc victory in a thrilling battle at Bugatti Le Mans circuit in France after a head to head with second finisher Randy de Puniet. Andrea Dovizioso took the final podium step.

The Spaniard took a great victory in a very disputed race from the green flag start to the chequered flag. The current champion initiated from the pole position but lost it and ended up in sixth place at the beginning until his recovery on his Honda Movistar team bike.

"Today it didn't worth it to be second. I wanted the victory and we worked very well with the team for this achievement", commented the winner when the action was over.

This is the third consecutive time that Pedrosa wins the French Grand Prix. In 2003 he scored the victory in the 125cc race and repeated last season on his road to the championship of 250cc.

"It's been a great race and very exiting in the end, when the tyres were the key. From the start I knew it and I wanted to keep the tyres in a good level. In the last part I pushed harder in every lap to give it all after de Puniet passed me. It's great, may be one of my greatest victories in 250cc", mentioned Pedrosa.

With his second victory in four rounds, Pedrosa is back in the lead of the standings after loose it two weeks ago at China.

French rider de Puniet completed his best result so far in the season. The Aprilia man finished the race after two times with DNFs, in Estoril and Shanghai. "It was a great day, despite the victory escaped for us in the last lap. Knowing the problems we had in the practice, this is a good result for us", de Puniet said.

The 20 year old repeated the same position for the third time at his home Grand Prix. In 2003, 2004 and 2005, de Puniet finished in second place and the victory in Le Mans has became in a personal issue for the Frenchman.

"The bike wasn't on a 100% today, but I pushed hard from the start, The beginning was a little complicated, but during the race I saw that I could pass Dani (Pedrosa)", mentioned the Repsol Aspar team rider.

About the moment that cost him the victory, de Puniet commented: "I was convinced I can win, but I made a mistake in the last lap and Dani took advantage of it."

Dovizioso, the 125cc current champion, finished again in the podium for the third time this season. The Italian of just 15 years old was again in the battle for the victory, something that seems close for the Honda rider.

Top ten places were completed by: Casey Stoner, Jorge Lorenzo, Hiroshi Aoyama, Héctor Barberá, Alex Debón, Sylvain Guintoli and Yuki Takahashi.

After four rounds, the championship has Pedrosa in the lead with 73 points followed by Dovizioso, 69; Stoner, 63; Alex de Angelis, 40; Sebastián Porto, 38 and de Puniet with 36 units in top six places.