Grand Prix de France
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 1995 saw it struck off the calendar until 2000 whilst stringent safety improvements were carried out. Le Mans 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. With the capacity to comfortably accommodate up to 100,000 spectators, the Bugatti circuit also plays host to the 24 hour truck race, the FIA GP2 Championship, French Touring Car and GT races.
|Length||4.185 kilometres / 2.6 miles|
|Longest straight||0.674 kilometres / 0.419 miles|
|Resurfacing||Resurfaced before 2017 round|
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|Pole Position||1m 31.185s (165.2km/h) Johann Zarco (Yamaha, 2018)|
|Race Lap||1m 32.309s (163.2km/h) Maverick Viñales (Yamaha, 2017)|
|Race Time||41m49.773s (162 km/h) Marc Marquez (Honda, 2018)|
|2020 Race Winner||Danilo Petrucci (Ducati)|
Ever-changing conditions made for a demanding day in France, Alex Marquez and Stefan Bradl adapting throughout the day and pleased with the work done in Free Practice 4. Times were immediately faster despite the cold conditions on Saturday morning, riders setting their best times of the weekend just a few… read more.
A wet morning and drying afternoon presented ever-changing conditions for the Repsol Honda Team, Alex Marquez quickly adapting and posting competitive times with Stefan Bradl. It was a cold and wet start to the day in Le Mans, France as overnight and early morning rain left the circuit wet. With… read more.
A week of rest followed by a test in Portimao and the penultimate triple-header of the year begins the closing stages of the 2020 MotoGP season for a determined Repsol Honda Team. With an informative weekend in Barcelona and a brief chance to rest after another intense three weeks of… read more.
Marc Marquez took his third win of the 2019 season with another dominating performance as teammate Jorge Lorenzo took his best finish of the season with 11th. Cold conditions from morning Warm Up carried through until the start of the French Grand Prix at 14:00 local time, a track temperature… read more.
Even a crash during Q2 couldn’t stop Marc Marquez from claiming his third pole position from five races, teammate Lorenzo taking a season-best eighth. Wet and cold conditions, the track just 14°C and a brisk air temperature of 12°C, provided a gloomy welcome to the Le Mans circuit for Saturday’s… read more.
Marc Marquez and teammate Jorge Lorenzo completed a positive opening day of practice in France, taking second and fourth respectively. Building on the work done in Free Practice 1, Marc Marquez was immediately able to lap in the low 1’32s and quickly moved to top the time sheets during the… read more.
The French GP will offer Honda the first opportunity to take win number 300 in the premier class as Marquez looks to extend his lead and Lorenzo prepares to bounce back. With a dominating start-to-finish victory, Marc Marquez banished his Austin demons at the Spanish GP to walk away with… read more.
Marc Marquez enjoyed another fantastic race weekend, taking his third consecutive victory this season, the 64th of his career, and his 38th in MotoGP, equalling Casey Stoner’s Premier Class GP win tally and extending his own Championship lead to 36 points over second-place rider Maverick Viñales. The only rider on… read more.
Marc Marquez’s stunning 1’31.293 in today’s qualifying at Le Mans was 0.790” faster than the previous circuit-best lap (Lorenzo – 2016) but just a fraction down on the new pole record set by Johann Zarco in front of his home crowd. A confirmation of the team’s strong work leading up… read more.
Day one of the French Grand Prix concluded positively for the Repsol Honda Team at the Bugatti Circuit, with both Marc Marquez and Dani Pedrosa making it into the provisional top 10 in a very tight combined classification. The Championship leader in particular enjoyed a very successful start to the… read more.
Marc Marquez and Dani Pedrosa are en route to France for round 5 of the MotoGP World Championship, to be held at historic Le Mans circuit on Sunday. Marquez dominated the last two MotoGP rounds, in the USA and Spain, where he helped Michelin celebrate their 400th Grand Prix victory.… read more.
Marc Marquez and Dani Pedrosa will start tomorrow’s French GP from the fifth and 13th places on the grid, respectively, despite both being quite fast during the course of the day. Marc’s progression in his work to find the best setup has been affected by the limited dry track time… read more.
Cold temperatures and intermittent rain showers throughout the opening day of the French GP produced mixed results for the Repsol Honda Team in Le Mans. Marc Marquez, who used the new exhaust on both his bikes, was second fastest in wet-but-drying FP1 and then again in fully wet FP2, showing… read more.
Marc Marquez and Dani Pedrosa are en route to France for round 5 of the MotoGP World Championship after each scoring one win and one additional podium finish in the last two races. Marc and Dani, who have moved up in the standings to third (-4 points) and fourth (-10)… read more.
The French GP was a tough race for Dani Pedrosa and Marc Marquez, who nevertheless showed grit and determination to overcome their difficulties and bring home as many points as the situation allowed. Pedrosa started from 11th on the grid and struggled at the beginning to get a good pace,… read more.
There were mixed feelings for Repsol Honda today at Le Mans, with Marc Marquez emerging second-best from a demanding qualifying session and Dani Pedrosa forced to settle for 11th place after slipping off at turn 4 halfway through the session. Marquez had found quite a good pace in the morning… read more.
Marc Marquez and Dani Pedrosa started working on the setup of their RC213V on the French GP’s opening day, which took place in fine albeit a bit cool weather conditions, with max air and ground temperatures of 22° and 27° C, respectively. Marquez set the third-fastest time both in the… read more.
Marc Marquez and Dani Pedrosa are en route to France after scoring solid third- and fourth-place finishes, respectively, in the Spanish GP, which was immediately followed by a positive one-day post-race test. The Repsol Honda riders look forward to trying to make the best use of the data gathered there,… read more.
Today in qualifying for the GP of France, Repsol Honda’s Marc Marquez stormed to an impressive pole position – half a second faster than second place Dovizioso. His teammate, Dani Pedrosa, who has just returned back from injury, put in a valiant effort and earned himself and third row start… read more.
Repsol Honda’s Marc Marquez and teammate Dani Pedrosa (returning to the team after a three race absence) have had a productive first day at the French GP, with twelve riders within a second of each other. After heavy rain fall yesterday, the weather stayed dry for the first day of… read more.
After a three race absence, this weekend Dani Pedrosa will return to race alongside Marc Marquez for the Repsol Honda Team in Le Mans. Dani received surgery to his right arm to alleviate discomfort from arm pump and as a result missed the races in the Americas, Argentina and Spain,… read more.
Repsol Honda sensation, Marc Marquez, has enjoyed a perfect weekend in Le Mans taking pole position (with a new record), setting a new fastest race lap (1’33.548 on lap 8) and crowning it with the victory (in a record time) in front of 88,222 spectators. He also became the youngest… read more.
In an unusually sunny Le Mans, it was Championship leader and reigning World Champion, Marc Marquez, who was fastest in both sessions today with teammate Dani Pedrosa finishing second this morning and 5th in the combined times. After a chilly morning with and ambient and track temperatures of just 12ºC and… read more.
Repsol Honda’s Marc Marquez and Dani Pedrosa are en route to France after an incredible start to 2014, with Marc winning the first four races from pole position and Dani scoring a very positive 72 points from a possible 100, with two 2nd places and two 3rd place finishes. Thankfully… read more.
Repsol Honda’s Dani Pedrosa and Marc Marquez stormed to their third successive double podium of 2013 in tough wet conditions at the GP of France. Dani, starting from 6th, performed his trademark lightning fast start and was up to 3rd by the first corner. He managed to pass Lorenzo on… read more.