Round 5 at Le Mans await MotoGP competitors

  Following the most recent test in Mugello, riders prepare for Round 5 of the MotoGP at the Le Mans track this weekend. Reigning Champion Marc Marquez is set to continue his fine form after two impressive rounds in the USA and Spain.

Marquez has a good record at the Bugatti circuit and currently holds the top sport in the riders standings with a 12-point advantage.

Team mate Dani Pedrosa looks forward to taking advantage of the positive feeling he has with his RC213V, at a track where he has been quite successful over the course of his career. He’ll play the supportive role for Marquez, as always.

The combination of Maverick Viñales, his YZR-M1, and the French circuit proved to be a winning formula last year, when the youngster secured Yamaha it’s 500th Grand Prix win. He already realized a third place race result in 2016 and had his heart set on making it a podium hattrick this weekend.

9-time champion Valentino Rossi is eager to start the fifth round of the championship as he’s looking to set things right with the thousands of fans that visit the French MotoGP round each year. He was fighting for the win in last year’s race when he crashed out of second place. This year he is keen on a do-over, so he can step onto the French rostrum and celebrate with the crowds.

Traditionally, the Doctor scores competitive results at the Grand Prix de France. Throughout his premier class career he has collected three victories at Le Mans (2002, 2005 and 2008), six second places (2003, 2010, 2012, 2014, 2015 and 2016) and three third places (2000, 2001 and 2011). He currently sits in sixth place in the championship standings, 10 points behind his teammate.

In the Ducati camp, Andrea Dovizioso and Jorge Lorenzo are eager to get their championship aspirations underway at Le Mans.Dovizioso has often produced good form at Le Mans, qualifying five times on the front row in ten races, and he has climbed onto the podium three times in MotoGP, the last time in 2015 when he finished third, while twelve months ago the Italian crossed the finish line in fourth place.

Lorenzo has a truly extraordinary record at Le Mans. Since his MotoGP debut in 2008 he has scored a total of five wins at the Bugatti circuit, the last two in 2015 and 2016. In addition, in his ten races in the French GP, he has qualified five times on the front row, while last year he finished the race in sixth.