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The season so far: full GP review for France

Friday, 1, August 2008

The Alice Grand Prix de France is the subject of Friday´s Full Review as motogp.com looks back on another fantastic Valentino Rossi win at Le Mans. read more »

Le Mans:

Track image of Le Mans

Circuit info

Length: 4.185 m / 2.600 miles

Width: 13m

Left corners: 4

Right corners: 9

Longest straight: 674 m / 0.419 miles

Constructed: 1966

Modified: 2008

Race Length: MotoGP Moto2 Moto3
Laps 2/3 of laps Total Distance
28 - 117.2 km - 72.8 miles

Introduction:

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.


Records Season Rider Motorcycle Time Speed
MotoGP
Fastest Lap2008Dani PEDROSA (SPA)Honda1'32.647162.6 km/h
Circuit Record2011Dani PEDROSA (SPA)Honda1'33.617160.9 km/h
Best Pole2008Dani PEDROSA (SPA)Honda1'32.647162.6 km/h
Top Speed2012Hector BARBERA (SPA)Ducati309.1 km/h
Moto2
Fastest Lap2012Marc MARQUEZ (SPA)Suter1'37.710154.1 km/h
Circuit Record2011Marc MARQUEZ (SPA)Suter1'38.533152.9 km/h
Best Pole2012Marc MARQUEZ (SPA)Suter1'37.710154.1 km/h
Top Speed2011Marc MARQUEZ (SPA)Suter263.5 km/h
Moto3
Fastest Lap2013Maverick VIÑALES (SPA)KTM1'43.696145.2 km/h
Circuit Record2013Maverick VIÑALES (SPA)KTM1'43.916144.9 km/h
Best Pole2013Maverick VIÑALES (SPA)KTM1'43.696145.2 km/h
Top Speed2013Alex MARQUEZ (SPA)KTM215.6 km/h

Time Schedule

FRENCH GRAND PRIX

16 May 2008

125ccFP1

MotoGPFP1

250ccFP1

125ccQP1

MotoGPFP2

250ccQP1

17 May 2008

125ccFP2

MotoGPFP3

250ccFP2

125ccQP2

MotoGPQP

250ccQP2

18 May 2008

125ccWUP

250ccWUP

MotoGPWUP

125ccRAC

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250ccRAC

MotoGPRAC

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2008 - Event Results

Podium

1ndROSSI V.ITA44'30.799
2dLORENZO J.SPA+4.997
3dEDWARDS C.USA+6.805

Records:

Pole Lap:  PEDROSA D.1'32.647162.6 Km/h
Fastest Lap: Lap: 11ROSSI V.1'34.215159.9 Km/h

Podium

1ndDEBON A.SPA47'27.406
2dSIMONCELLI M.ITA+4.816
3dPASINI M.ITA+4.998

Records:

Pole Lap:  DEBON A.1'38.478153.0 Km/h
Fastest Lap: Lap: 26SIMONCELLI M.1'39.666151.2 Km/h

Podium

1ndOLIVE J.SPA24'35.519
2dTEROL N.SPA+0.162
3dBRADL S.GER+0.603

Records:

Pole Lap:  GADEA S.1'43.515145.5 Km/h
Fastest Lap: Lap: 0 . Km/h