Strong Return, the second choice ridden by Yuichi Fukunaga, took care of unfinished business from a year ago to cut a winning time of 1 minute, 31.3 seconds, taking one-tenth of a second off the previous record held by Danon Chantilly.
The Grand Prix of France at a packed St Jean D'Angely circuit saw some bright news for Monster Energy Yamaha as Arnaud Tonus made a positive first FIM Motocross World Championship outing of the season and showed some promising speed and Mel Pocock dominated both races in the opening round of the European EMX250 series on his YZ250F.
Kitajima, who last raced at April's Japan championships, continued his preparations for the London Olympics in a pedestrian 2 minutes, 13.10 seconds.
The 25-year-old right-hander, who was making his 10th major league start, allowed three runs on seven hits in the Rangers' 12-6 win. He struck out three and walked three in his 93-pitch effort.
Heavy overnight rain had made conditions treacherous but Pourcel was in superb form, winning the opening race by nearly a minute and a half despite slackening his pace in the final laps. He again took the lead in the second moto, but a couple of incidents as he caught up to lap the tailenders cost him the race win; however a 1-4 scoreline in the two motos was more than enough to clinch overall honours on the day and move Christophe up to third place in the series.
Spain's 2010 world champion Jorge Lorenzo won the French MotoGP here on Sunday and took the overall lead in the championship. The 25-year-old Yamaha rider, recording his second win of the season and 19th MotoGP in all, came home clear of Italian great Valentino Rossi on a Ducati while defending world champion Casey Stoner of Australia was third on a Honda.
Alastair Seeley was a hat trick hero at the International North West 200 in Northern Ireland, taking his stable of Tyco Suzuki GSX-R machinery to success in Superstock, Supersport and Superbike classes.
The British Superbike regular stood on all six podiums during Thursday and Saturday's races, taking his win tally at the North Coast showpiece in Northern Ireland to eight victories.
Steve Moody, Fleet World editor and chair of the judging panel for the 2012 awards, said: "In the last 18 months Toyota has come back – with a bang. Its fleet department has made massive strides, ensuring it can offer fleets better terms and service, communicating better in a number of ways, including its excellent new online customer portals. And with new products, the Japanese giant is a major force in fleet again. No wonder sales have rocketed as a result."
Fukumi, 26, took the honors with three judges' flags to win her first title in two years and fourth overall, but two-time world champion Haruna Asami was left shell-shocked after suffering a defeat in her first match at the hands of Okamoto at Fukuoka Kokusai Center.
Despite completing a handful of laps at the Thruxton circuit a fortnight ago, Cookstown was Martin's first time on a motorcycle since his win at the Ulster Grand Prix in August last year, proving that despite a varied and often criticised schedule, the Kirmington truck mechanic has kept himself in top-top condition.
Created by Acura's agency of record, rp&, a division of RPA, the campaign relied on visual metaphors to communicate the refined yet bold performance of the 2012 Acura TL sedan—"aggression in its most elegant form."