CASEY Stoner has lost top spot in this year's MotoGP series, finishing third to Jorge Lorenzo at a wet French Grand Prix in Le Mans.
The Aussie, who last week announced he would retire from the sport at the end of the season, had a battle with the Lorenzo early, but the Yamaha rider gave a flawless display in the difficult conditions to win by almost eight seconds.
Ducati rider Valentino Rossi worked his way through the field after starting from seventh, eventually passing Stoner on the final lap to take second.
Stoner, who now trails Lorenzo by eight points, said he thought he could challenge for the lead while it was wet, but once it stopped raining it was just a matter or trying to keep the others at bay.
"As soon as the rain stopped and the track was less wet, our tyre temperatures got too high, we started spinning and there wasn't anything I could do about it," he said.