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Le Mans ready for French showdown

Le Mans ready for French showdown

Le Mans ready for French showdown

The famous racing city of Le Mans today put the finishing touches to preparations for one of the biggest dates on the French sporting calendar as the MotoGP World Championship rolled into town carrying the promise of an unforgettable weekend of motorsport action. After the washout at Jerez two weeks ago, the majority of teams and riders looked up anxiously at the fleeting clouds which swept across the Bugatti circuit today hoping positive early weather forecasts remain firm for the rest of the weekend.

With record crowds expected to descend on the venue from tomorrow onwards, boosted by thousands of youngsters taking advantage of free entry for children under the age of sixteen, circuit organisers will also be keeping their fingers crossed that the blue sky reigns come race day, when the intriguing battle for early supremacy in the MotoGP class will be ably supported by the distinct chance of home success in the 250cc and 125cc races.

Sete Gibernau celebrated his tenth day as leader of the MotoGP World Championship, having moved to the top of the standings for the first time in his career with victory in Spain, and admitted that, whilst he is enjoying the spoils of early supremacy in the series, the pressure is on to reproduce the goods at a circuit where he also clinched victory one year ago.

"I've waited a long time to be in a situation like this and it feels good," smiled Gibernau, who lies just one point ahead of Max Biaggi and three ahead of reigning World Champion Valentino Rossi.

"Hopefully we can deal with the extra pressure it brings and have a good Grand Prix here. I didn't used to like Le Mans but I won here last year and tested on the day after the race and decided I really like it. If it rains I won't be too disappointed because I have shown I can be very competitive in the wet, but I want to show that I can be just as competitive in the dry and, after some positive tests in Jerez after the race last week, I am confident we can do that."

Tags:
MotoGP, 2004, GRAND PRIX POLINI DE FRANCE

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