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 racing, the Repsol Honda Team now begin another focused push for the penultimate triple-header of the unique 2020 MotoGP World Championship. A week in Le Mans, France will be followed by two races in Aragon, Spain. Weather at the French circuit could produce some of the most difficult conditions of the season so far. Last year Marc Marquez raced to victory at the historic French track, claiming Honda’s 300th premier class win as a result.
In 2019, the 4.2-kilometers long Le Mans circuit saw Alex Marquez take the first of his five wins on his way to the Moto2 World Championship title. The aim of the weekend is to capture the form the MotoGP rookie showed in Misano and at the start of the Barcelona weekend, challenging for a spot in Q2 and battling for the top ten in the race. Alex has traditionally gone well in the wet but is yet to have much time on the Repsol Honda RC213V in the rain. Alex will head to Portimao for a single day to familiarize himself with the new circuit on a road bike.
Stefan Bradl arrives in France from a two-day test in Portimao in preparation for the season-closing round, a demanding schedule for the HRC Test Rider. Traditionally Bradl has achieved consistent results in France, never finishing a premier class race outside of the top ten in Le Mans. Like many riders, Bradl is waiting to see what the weather will do.
This weekend the MotoGP race is scheduled to start at 13:00 Local Time as opposed to the usual 14:00 Local Time.
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|
|Longest straight||0.674 kilometres / 0.419 miles|
|Resurfacing||Resurfaced before 2017 round|
Automobile Club de l'Ouest, Le Mans, France - View in Google Maps
|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)|