Jorge Lorenzo won the French Grand Prix on Sunday to take the overall Moto GP championship lead from Valentino Rossi, whose decision to make an early tire change backfired when he fell on the Le Mans circuit.

The Spanish rider finished 17.71 seconds ahead of Marco Melandri of Italy, with Dani Pedrosa of Spain overtaking Andrea Dovizioso of Italy to take third place with a late burst of speed.

Lorenzo leads Yamaha teammate Rossi in the standings by one point after four races.