MotoGP: a flawless weekend for Viñales at Le Mans

Maverick Viñales (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP) produced a grand-slam performance at the HJC Helmets Grand Prix de France, round five of the 2017 MotoGPTM World Championship. The Spaniard added pole position and fastest race lap to his third win of the season. Second and third were local star Johann Zarco (Monster Yamaha Tech3) and Dani Pedrosa (Repsol Honda Team). 


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MotoGP: next stop Le Mans, France

Round five of the 2017 MotoGPTM World Championship, and the second to take place on European soil, is this weekend’s HJC Helmets Grand Prix de France at Le Mans-Bugatti.


With top four riders covered by just 10 points in the provisional standings (in order: Valentino Rossi/Movistar Yamaha MotoGP, Maverick Viñales/Movistar Yamaha MotoGP, Marc Marquez/Repsol Honda Team and Dani Pedrosa/Repsol Honda Team), the French fixture promises to be particularly close.

After winning motorcycle racing’s 3,000th grand prix two weeks ago at Jerez, Spain, Dani Pedrosa will be targeting a second straight victory, just as he did in 2013 when he came first in Andalucía and at Le Mans.

Meanwhile, Marc Marquez will be eager to go one better than his second-place finish at Jerez, with the Repsol Honda Team pair sitting respectively third and fourth in the championship, four and 10 points behind leader Valentino Rossi.

The nine-time world champion is only two points clear of his team-mate Maverick Viñales, however, so he will be keen to add a fourth Le Mans success to his personal record. At the same time, Viñales would love to celebrate the anniversary of his maiden MotoGP podium finish with another strong run in France.

And nobody will be ruling out Jorge Lorenzo who notched up his first top-three result with Ducati at Jerez. The Majorcan tends to be quick at Le Mans where he is the most successful rider with a score of six wins, including the last two visits. Ducati team-mate Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati) is another potential front-runner, especially as the Italian has always gone well around Le Mans’ Bugatti configuration.

All eyes will be on Johann Zarco (Monster Yamaha Tech3), too. Monster Yamaha Tech3’s young recruit has sprung several surprises since the beginning of the season and, after coming fourth in Spain, would dearly love to go at least one spot better at his home race.

The grid will feature two other Frenchmen, namely Loris Baz (Reale Avintia Racing) and Sylvain Guintoli (Suzuki Ecstar) who has been named to stand in for Alex Rins.

The MICHELIN Power Slick range for Le Mans features a choice of soft-, medium- and hard-compound front and rear tyres. The rears and the hard-compound front are asymmetric, with a harder right-hand shoulder. For wet weather, the riders will be able to choose between soft (blue marking) and medium (no marking) versions of the MICHELIN Power Rain.

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