Landing in Le Mans: <b>MotoGP heads to France</b>

Landing in Le Mans: MotoGP heads to France

We’re getting ready to fire up the bikes in France as MotoGP lands in Le Mans.
05-17-2019
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The Le Mans Bugatti Grand Prix Track

Built around the iconic and already existing 24 hour racetrack in the mid-sixties, the Bugatti GP track was reintroduced to the MotoGP calendar at the beginning of this century after safety updates were made. The tight, 4.2-kilometer-long track has a stop-and-go nature that favors late braking and those who are able to get the power down quickest.

THE LE MANS BUGATTI GRAND PRIX TRACK
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Le Mans holds great memories for Danilo Petrucci, taking a second-place finish last year. With a further improved Ducati now prepared by the Factory squad, he is looking to go one up on a track that suits him very well. Danilo has proven to be Mr. Consistency so far this season, scoring well on each outing to firmly hold 5th place in the championship standings. But we know Danilo; and 5th isn’t what he’s after.

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DANILOPETRUCCI

DUCATI FACTORY TEAM

Jerez RESULT: P5
CHAMPIONSHIP POSITION: P5

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"Overall, I'm happy with the way we managed the race in Jerez; one that proved to be a bit trickier than what we expected. Early on, I simply tried to stay calm and tried to preserve the tires for the final laps. And honestly, I thought the podium was within our reach, but unfortunately it wasn't the case despite the fact that both Andrea and I gave our 100% effort until the very end.

I lacked a bit of corner speed and I couldn't be as efficient as I would have liked under braking. To finish in the top-three, this year, it's necessary to iron out every single detail and, in my case, to start from a better position on the grid. That said, it's been a positive weekend. We collected important points for our championship and tested some important things after the race. We’re ready for Le Mans, and we’re working as hard as ever to get closer to the front.”

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With our Moto2 lineup at full strength for the first time this season, the Jerez GP saw Augusto Fernández climb onto the Moto2 podium for the first time in his career despite still suffering from injury, and after taking the hole shot and leading the race for quite some time. Bo Bendsneyder ended the shortened race with points in sight, closely followed by Steven Odendaal who made a great return on his first race aboard the new Triumph-powered NTS bike.

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AUGUSTOFERNANDEZ

PONS HP40

JEREZ RESULT: P3 
CHAMPIONSHIP POSITION: P8 

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“Very, very happy for the whole weekend in general. From the first practice, we had been on top. We were also on the front row for the first time, and today, my first podium, so I cannot ask for more. It has cost a lot, I felt a lot of pain, but I endured as best as I could, and I got the podium.

I want to thank the team for the work done, my family for the support from always, and also congratulate Balda for his victory. He did a great job. Now, we are extremely motivated for Le Mans, and I am looking to fight at the front again this weekend.”

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BOBENDSNEYDER

NTS RW RACING GP

JEREZ RESULT: P16
CHAMPIONSHIP POSITION: P21 

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“My start was not good at all, so I lost a lot of places. That was crucial for the final result. My pace was good, but the shortened race made it difficult to ride to the points. It is certainly important to start working on the starts.

That was one of the topics on the schedule for the test in Aragon. Now, we will focus on Le Mans, and I am aiming to get much closer to the front for this weekend.”

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STEVENODENDAAL

NTS RW RACING GP

JEREZ RESULT: P18 
CHAMPIONSHIP POSITION: P30 

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“We could not have expected much more for a first race back after a long injury with two surgeries. During the race, I also noticed that my physical condition was not yet 100%, which is also not so strange.

But it felt good to be back racing again and I am happy with the bike, the package, and the work of the team. That’s okay. Now I have to get completely fit again and make miles, starting with the weekend in Le Mans.”

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Coming into the race as a championship leader, local hero, Jaume Masià, got a case of bad luck when he was hit from behind. That meant he had to end his race without any points. Fellow REV’IT! rider, Lorenzo Dalla Porta, had a similar problem when contact with another rider saw him lose his clutch handle and the chance of a victory in the latter stages of the race. Fresh and with a great base looking at the championship standings, both Moto3 riders pressed the reset button prior to Le Mans.

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JAUMEMASIÀ

BESTER CAPITAL DUBAI

JEREZ RESULT: DNF 
CHAMPIONSHIP POSITION: P3 

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“It was a difficult weekend, from Friday to Sunday, but I was happy and confident with the feeling for the race. Unfortunately, when starting from behind, there are plenty of risks.

I had my second crash of the season, getting hit from behind. Luckily, it was just a DNF, and I will be able to fight again in Le Mans this weekend without further injury. Vamos!”

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LORENZODALLA PORTA

LEOPARD RACING

JEREZ RESULT: P8 
CHAMPIONSHIP POSITION: P5 

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“P8 in the race, what can I say? I'm very sorry because I fought the whole race in the front and the podium was within our reach. Unfortunately, on the last lap, due to a contact with another rider, the clutch lever was damaged and, consequently, I was not able to shift down before the next corner, finishing very wide and losing many positions.

Thanks to the team that did a great job this weekend. We deserved more but I am sure that our luck will soon also be on our side! Now we just have to take the positive of the Jerez GP, and we’ll be using the positive vibes this weekend for Le Mans!”

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