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Louis Rossi reflects on emotional first win in front of home crowd

Tuesday, 22, May 2012

In horrendous weather conditions at the Monster Energy Grand Prix de France, Le Mans local Louis Rossi recorded his first ever win in front of an ecstatic home crowd in the Moto3™ class. read more »

Le Mans:

Track image of Le Mans

Circuit info

Length: 4.185 m / 2.600 miles

Width: 13m

Left corners: 5

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 Lap2014Marc MARQUEZ (SPA)Honda1'32.042163.6 km/h
Circuit Record2014Marc MARQUEZ (SPA)Honda1'33.548161.0 km/h
Best Pole2014Marc MARQUEZ (SPA)Honda1'32.042163.6 km/h
Top Speed2014Dani PEDROSA (SPA)Honda313.8 km/h
Moto2
Fastest Lap2014Jonas FOLGER (GER)Kalex1'37.619154.3 km/h
Circuit Record2014Maverick VIÑALES (SPA)Kalex1'37.882153.9 km/h
Best Pole2014Jonas FOLGER (GER)Kalex1'37.619154.3 km/h
Top Speed2011Marc MARQUEZ (SPA)Suter263.5 km/h
Moto3
Fastest Lap2014Efren VAZQUEZ (SPA)Honda1'42.491146.9 km/h
Circuit Record2014Francesco BAGNAIA (ITA)KTM1'42.636146.7 km/h
Best Pole2014Efren VAZQUEZ (SPA)Honda1'42.491146.9 km/h
Top Speed2014Efren VAZQUEZ (SPA)Honda223.9 km/h

Time Schedule

Monster Energy Grand Prix de France

18 May 2012

Moto3FP1

MotoGPFP1

Moto2FP1

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Moto2FP2

19 May 2012

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Moto2QP

20 May 2012

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2012 - Event Results

Podium

1ndLORENZO J.SPA49'39.743
2dROSSI V.ITA+9.905
3dSTONER C.AUS+11.298

Records:

Pole Lap:  PEDROSA D.1'33.638160.9 Km/h
Fastest Lap: Lap: 21ROSSI V.1'44.614144.0 Km/h

Podium

1ndLUTHI T.SWI50'02.816
2dCORTI C.ITA+6.354
3dREDDING S.GBR+12.162

Records:

Pole Lap:  MARQUEZ M.1'37.710154.2 Km/h
Fastest Lap: Lap: 21CORTI C.1'53.855132.3 Km/h

Podium

1ndROSSI L.FRA49'12.390
2dMONCAYO A.SPA+27.348
3dRINS A.SPA+28.899

Records:

Pole Lap:  VIÑALES M.1'55.865130.0 Km/h
Fastest Lap: Lap: 6KORNFEIL J.2'01.056124.5 Km/h