MotoGP hits fifth round at Le Mans

After the previous round, Reigning Champion Marc Marquez intends to continue the winning momentum at the Le Mans track.

With a dominating start-to-finish victory at Jerez, Marquez banished his Austin demons at the Spanish GP to walk away with 25 points and the lead in the riders’ standings. The Le Mans Circuit has offered the Repsol Honda Team rider somewhat mixed results in the premier class with two wins and a total of three podiums to his name.

Team mate Jorge Lorenzo is still finding his rhythm on the RCV. Lorenzo has five premier class victories to his name at Le Mans and hopes to make an impression in a Honda.

After finishing with both its riders in the top five at Jerez), Ducati riders are ready to resume action at Le Mans. Andrea Dovizioso won the French GP in 2004 in the 125cc class. Should he finish within the top three on Sunday, Dovizioso would score his 95th podium in the Premier class, equalling Mick Doohan in 12th place all-time for career podium finishes. The Italian has the most starts at Le Mns after the great ‘#46’. Dovizioso’s best result with Ducati at Le Mans is third (2015). When he reached the checkered flag in France, Dovizioso has always finished within the top five with Ducati in France. 

Team mate Danilo Petrucci scored his best result in dry conditions in MotoGP at Le Mans, finishing second with the Desmosedici GP with Pramac. The Italian rider took three more second-place finishes in his MotoGP career, but always in wet conditions. 

Rossi is currently fourth in the championship rankings, but only nine points from the top. Knowing that the Le Mans circuit is usually well-suited to his Yamaha’s nimble character, the Italian is looking to score his third podium finish of the season, and the odds are in his favor. The Doctpr has three victories at Le Mans (2002, 2005, and 2008), six second places (2003, 2010, 2012, 2014, 2015, and 2016), and four third places (2000, 2001, 2011, and 2018).

Maverick Viñales returned to the podium at the previous round in Jerez, which is essentially a difficult track for him. The third-place confidence boost made him determined to also pay a visit to the French rostrum again, of which he has fond memories. In 2017 the Spaniard secured a hard-fought win there on his YZR-M1, and one year earlier he also scored a MotoGP third-place race result.

After last week’s test he approaches the race in Le Mans with a positive mindset and will be giving his all to further fight his way up the standings.