Today’s GP of France was a tough race for the Repsol Honda riders, Marc Marquez and Dani Pedrosa. Marc dropped back to 4th from pole position with Dani moving up one place to 7th as the 28 lap race got underway. Unfortunately, Dani lost the front in turn three on the second lap, but was able to rejoin the race – albeit in last place.

As Marc began to experience difficulty with the front, he lost places and by lap five he had dropped down to 6th place. He and 5th place Smith – who rode together for the majority of the race – finally caught up with 4th place Iannone and with six laps remaining, Marc launched one final attack. He passed both Smith and Iannone into 4th place, then a battle ensued with Iannone with the two riders fighting for five laps and passing each other several times. Marc finally held on to take 4th and 13 important Championship points.

Dani showed grit and determination by continuing to ride in order to test his physical ability after his surgery six weeks ago. He worked his way through the field, posting consistent lap times and clinched 16th place on the final lap. It was a relief for him to finish the race without too much discomfort and he can now rest ahead of the Italian GP in two weeks time.

Marc Marquez

4th Championship Standing: 4th - 69 points

"Today the temperature rose sharply; we had not ridden in such conditions at any time this the weekend. On the fourth lap I started to notice that I had a lot of problems with the front end. I think all the Hondas had the same trouble; in fact a lot crashed after losing front grip because we were really suffering. We knew that with a rise in temperature, conditions change, but we expected it to be for the better and this time it was for the worse. We must learn from this race and especially from the data we have gathered."

Dani Pedrosa

16th Championship Standing: 15th - 10 points

"It was a shame to crash so early in the race; I don't understand much about the crash, because I just lost the front end. I tried to restart the engine and get back in the race, even though the handlebars were bent, because I wanted to try completing an entire race. It was a positive test for me, although there is still room for improvement, but fitness-wise things are a little better. Hopefully we can improve even more over the coming weeks.”

MotoGP 2015
Race Round 5   France

Results Session

Sunny
Humidity
45%
Track Temp
32°C
Air Temp
18°C
Pos. Rider Num Nation Points Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 Lorenzo Jorge 99 SPA 25 Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 43'44.143
2 Rossi Valentino 46 ITA 20 Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha +3.820
3 Dovizioso Andrea 4 ITA 16 Ducati Team Ducati +12.380
4 Marquez Marc 93 SPA 13 Repsol Honda Team Honda +19.890
5 Iannone Andrea 29 ITA 11 Ducati Team Ducati +20.237
6 Smith Bradley 38 GBR 10 Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha +21.145
7 Espargaro Pol 44 SPA 9 Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha +35.493
8 Hernandez Yonny 68 COL 8 Pramac Racing Ducati +39.601
9 Vinales Maverick 25 SPA 7 Team Suzuki Ecstar Suzuki +41.571
10 Petrucci Danilo 9 ITA 6 Pramac Racing Ducati +42.789
11 Hayden Nicky 69 USA 5 Aspar Team Honda +53.636
12 Baz Loris 76 FRA 4 Athina Forward Racing Forward Yamaha +1'00.617
13 Barbera Hector 8 SPA 3 Avintia Racing Ducati +1'04.272
14 Laverty Eugene 50 IRE 2 Aspar Team Honda +1'05.259
15 Bautista Alvaro 19 SPA 1 Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia +1'05.515
16 Pedrosa Dani 26 SPA 0 Repsol Honda Team Honda +1'20.907
17 De Angelis Alex 15 RSM 0 E-Motion IodaRacing Team ART +1'21.663
18 Melandri Marco 33 ITA 0 Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia +1 lap
19 Miller Jack 43 AUS 0 LCR Honda MotoGP Honda DNF
20 Abraham Karel 17 CZE 0 AB Motoracing Honda DNF
21 Crutchlow Cal 35 GBR 0 LCR Honda Honda DNF
22 Redding Scott 45 GBR 0 Team EG 0,0 Marc VDS Honda DNF
23 Di Meglio Mike 63 FRA 0 Avintia Racing Ducati DNF
24 Espargaro Aleix 41 SPA 0 Team Suzuki Ecstar Suzuki DNF
25 Bradl Stefan 6 GER 0 Athina Forward Racing Forward Yamaha DNF
Location Information

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. The venue has hosted Grand Prix since the late sixties but a serious accident to Spanish rider Alberto Puig in… read more.

Length 4.185 kilometres / 2.6 miles
Width 13 metres
Left corners 5
Right corners 9
Longest straight 0.674 kilometres / 0.419 miles
Constructed 1966
Modified 2008

Automobile Club de l'Ouest, Le Mans, France - View in Google Maps

www.lemans.org

Records

Pole Position 1m 31.975s (163.8km/h) Jorge Lorenzo (Yamaha, 2016)
Race Lap 1m 32.309s (163.2km/h) Maverick Viñales (Yamaha, 2017)
Race Time 43m 29.793s (161.6km/h) Maverick Viñales (Yamaha, 2017)
2017 Race Winner Maverick Viñales (Yamaha)