Monster Energy Grand Prix de France - Le Mans - Preview
Date : 14/05/2013        

Repsol Honda Team head to Le Mans leading the Championship

After the fantastic 1-2 result in Jerez just over a week ago, Honda has now won 12 out of the last 15 races and Repsol Honda's Dani Pedrosa and Marc Marquez will be hoping for another solid weekend in Le Mans.

Built in 1965 around the existing 24-Hour track, the Le Mans Bugatti Grand Prix race circuit lies 5km south of the city of Le Mans and 200km south-west of Paris. It is a tight track dominated by first gear corners that place the emphasis on late braking and hard acceleration, whilst rear end traction is also a key area.

Dani has finished on the podium 6 times in Le Mans, with three victories in the lower classes - 2003 in 125cc, 2004 and 2005 in 250cc, but success in the MotoGP class eludes him. Marc has had mixed results at this circuit but took a podium in 2010 (125cc) and a victory in 2011 (Moto2). This is a new track for Marc to learn on the bigger 1000cc MotoGP machines.

Marc Marquez  Marc Marquez - Championship Standing: 1st - 61 points
"We go to Le Mans and again we arrive there starting from zero, as I haven't done any tests there. I'll do my best and I'll try to make the most of the situation. I hope it doesn't rain so we can prepare the bike on a dry track, this is very important to find the right set up. I'm very happy at the moment but we have to keep our feet on the ground as the coming circuits are new for me in MotoGP. A huge part of our success in this first part of the season is down to the help that Honda and the team have given me and it had helped my riding a lot"
Dani Pedrosa  Dani Pedrosa - Championship Standing: 2nd - 58 points
"After a fantastic weekend in Jerez and a productive test on the Monday, I'm looking forward to going to Le Mans. I had good results in the past and I enjoy the circuit, so I'm hoping that the bike works well there. Practice management in Le Mans can sometimes be difficult and complicated due to the weather but I'm finding my comfort again on the bike and I'm working well with the team. I will go to France and aim to use all of my experience and remain focused for the whole weekend"

Championship standings

1 Marc Marquez 61 pts SPA HONDA Repsol Honda Team
2 Dani Pedrosa 58 pts SPA HONDA Repsol Honda Team
3 Jorge Lorenzo 57 pts SPA YAMAHA Yamaha Factory Racing
4 Valentino Rossi 43 pts ITA YAMAHA Yamaha Factory Racing
5 Cal Crutchlow 35 pts GBR YAMAHA Monster Yamaha Tech 3
6 Alvaro Bautista 28 pts SPA HONDA Go & Fun Honda Gresini
7 Andrea Dovizioso 26 pts ITA DUCATI Ducati Team
8 Nicky Hayden 24 pts USA DUCATI Ducati Team
9 Aleix Espargaro 17 pts SPA ART Power Electronics Aspar
10 Andrea Iannone 13 pts ITA DUCATI Energy T.I. Pramac Racing Team
11 Stefan Bradl 11 pts GER HONDA LCR Honda MotoGP
12 Bradley Smith 10 pts GBR YAMAHA Monster Yamaha Tech 3
13 Ben Spies 9 pts USA DUCATI Ignite Pramac Racing Team
14 Hector Barbera 7 pts SPA FTR Avintia Blusens
15 Randy De Puniet 6 pts FRA ART Power Electronics Aspar
16 Michele Pirro 5 pts ITA DUCATI Ducati Test Team
17 Michael Laverty 3 pts GBR PBM Paul Bird Motorsport
18 Yonny Hernandez 3 pts COL PBM Paul Bird Motorsport
19 Danilo Petrucci 2 pts ITA IODA-SUTER Came IodaRacing Project
20 Colin Edwards 1 pt USA FTR-KAWASAKI NGM Mobile Forward Racing
21 Hiroshi Aoyama 1 pt JPN FTR Avintia Blusens
22 Lukas Pesek 0 pts CZE IODA-SUTER Came IodaRacing Project
23 Blake Young 0 pts USA APR CRT Attack Performance
24 Claudio Corti 0 pts ITA FTR-KAWASAKI NGM Mobile Forward Racing
25 Bryan Staring 0 pts AUS FTR Go & Fun Honda Gresini

Circuit information

First race 1969
GPs held 24
Laps 28
Race distance 117.18km / 72.8 miles
Track length 4.185km / 2.600 miles
Track width 13m
Longest straight 0.674km / 0.419 miles
Corners 13 (4 left, 9 right)
Pole position Left


Circuit records

Pole position 1m 32.647s (162.617km/h) Dani Pedrosa (Honda, 2008)
Race lap 1m 33.617s (160.932km/h) Dani Pedrosa (Honda, 2011)
Race time 44m 03.955s (159.551km/h) Casey Stoner (Honda, 2011)
2012 Winner Jorge Lorenzo (Yamaha)
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