If you're a fan of motorsport, you'll already know that it's bloody weird seeing bikes race around the Le Mans circuit, rather than the 24 hour GT cars that usually do their business there.
Fortunately for those who think four wheels should be religiously abided by, the bikes run on the smaller, inner track (called the Bugatti circuit) and not the full 24 hour track. Well, it would take a while to go round it.
Parts of the big circuit are used, but it's predominantly its own track. It's a fun weekend, and the races are pretty good.
Here's a lap on board a Yamaha to show you round.
In The News
- Dani Pedrosa's back! He returns to ride his Repsol Honda after recovering from arm pump surgery.
- That said, Andrea Iannone may well be absent, having crashed during a private test in Mugello, and dislocating his shoulder. He'll be having some treatment before the weekend, and is expected to line up (because motorcyclists are mentalists) but there's a chance he won't be.
- Le Mans is the site of the last Suzuki victory, and the only victory for Suzuki in the 4-stroke era, when Chris Vermeulen won in 2007. More GP facts for the weekend here.
- Johann Zarco heads into his home GP at the top of the Moto2 pile, but he has never finished higher than fifth in Le Mans. He did a Q&A with MotoGP.com heading into the weekend, and you can find more stats about the Moto2 race here.
- None of the current Moto3 field have won at Le Mans before, and championship leader Danny Kent (who I waxed lyrical about at this link) has never finished higher than 13th. Who's going to change that? Facts and stats here.
Last Time Out
Jorge Lorenzo claimed his first win of 2015, breezing the entire weekend and finishing five seconds ahead of Marc Marquez in second. Valentino Rossi was a very comfortable third, with Cal Crutchlow and Pol Espargaro rounding out the top five.
|MotoGP Championship Top 5|
|1||Valentino Rossi||Movistar Yamaha||82|
|2||Andrea Dovizioso||Ducati RT||67|
|3||Jorge Lorenzo||Movistar Yamaha||62|
|4||Marc Marquez||Repsol Honda||56|
|5||Andrea Iannone||Ducati RT||50|
Jonas Folger picked up his second win of the season, winning at a canter from Johann Zarco, who pipped Tito Rabat on the last corner. Thomas Luthi got his best finish of the year in fourth, with Xavier Simeon in fifth.
|Moto2 Championship Top 5|
|1||Johann Zarco||Ajo Kalex||73|
|2||Jonas Folger||AGR Kalex||57|
|3||Alex Rins||Paginas Amarillas HP 40 Kalex||49|
|5||Franco Morbidelli||Italtrans RT Kalex||43|
Danny Kent. Danny Kent. Danny Kent. He said he wanted a race for a change, and he got one, but he still won, 0.097sec ahead of Miguel Oliveira in second, and a further two tenths up on Brad Binder. Fabio Quartararo was fourth, with Efren Vasquez two seconds back in fifth, in what actually seemed like a proper Moto3 race for once.
|Moto3 Championship Top 5|
|1||Danny Kent||Leopard Honda||91|
|2||Efren Vasquez||Leopard Honda||60|
|3||Fabio Quartararo||Estrella Galicia Honda||40|
|4||Enea Bastianini||Gresini Honda||39|
|5||Brad Binder||Red Bull KTM||44|
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