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Tricky chicane outfoxes riders at Le Mans

Tricky chicane outfoxes riders at Le Mans

Tricky chicane outfoxes riders at Le Mans

Whilst the total number of fallers during the Grand Prix Polini de France was down on previous seasons thanks largely to the improved weather and freshly re-laid track surface, the riders' eternal desire to push their machines to the absolute limit of what the conditions will allow saw some typically over-exuberant riding at Le Mans last week.

A point of focus during the weekend became the Dunlop Chicane, where the riders arrive out of the fastest corner on the MotoGP calendar grasping desperately at their front brake levers as they steady themselves for the right-left-right kink.

No fewer than twelve riders got their calculations wrong at this point of the track over the course of the weekend, a figure not previously seen in the four years since MotoGP returned to the famous French circuit and up seven on the total number of crashes in the same series of corners last season.

Top MotoGP riders of the calibre of Valentino Rossi, Max Biaggi, Colin Edwards and Troy Bayliss were amongst those to be outfoxed by the tricky chicane, whilst 250cc frontrunners Roby Rolfo and Manuel Poggiali saw their races end there and 125cc title contender Roberto Locatelli was lucky to start after a dangerous spill in qualifying.

Of course, not all of the incidents were caught on camera, but you can enjoy a selection of those that were by clicking on the video link at the top of the page.

Tags:
MotoGP, 2004, GRAND PRIX POLINI DE FRANCE

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