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MotoGP riders have fun go-karting ahead of Le Mans

MotoGP riders have fun go-karting ahead of Le Mans

In advance of the Monster Energy Grand Prix de France, 11 riders from all three classes took part in the pre-event go kart race at the Alain Prost circuit within the Le Mans 24 hour circuit, to have a taste of four wheel competitive action!

Thursday afternoon saw a one hour challenge for the riders to switch from their two wheeled machines, to racing wheel to wheel in go karts. Riders including Andrea Dovizioso (Repsol Honda), Karel Abraham (Cardion AB Motoracing), Andrea Iannone (Speed Master) and Efrén Vázquez (Avant-AirAsia-Ajo Motorsport), were a few of the many riders to take part in the enjoyable promotional activity.

Proceedings started with a 10 minute free practice, two laps for qualifying and a five lap race. The racing was held in glorious sunshine as the riders had to run to their go-karts and set off as quick as possible. In free practice there were crashes for Abraham and Iannone. There was also contact between Jules Cluzel (Forward Racing) and Vázquez when they were unable to avoid each other and had an accident. Simone Corsi (Ioda Racing Project) had a spin and Valentin Debise (Speed Up) also had an excursion off track.

It was Frenchman Cluzel who set the fastest lap time and secured pole position in the go-karting race ahead of his rivals. Louis Rossi started second, ahead of Iannone. It was the Matteoni Racing rider who grabbed the early lead on the first lap, with him and Cluzel gaining a healthy gap, over the chasing pack to control the race.

Cluzel was the eventual winner and took his place on top of the rostrum after holding off Rossi. Vázquez finished a comfortable third. The Forward Racing rider, who lies 13th in the Moto2 Championship standings, will be hoping for similar form in the race this weekend. The battle for fourth was close between Julián Simón (Mapfre Aspar) and Mike di Meglio (Tech 3) but it was the Spaniard who got the better of the Frenchman. The Italian duo of Iannone and Corsi fought aggressively for positions at the back of the field, after the man placed second in the Moto2 Championship, dropped down the order. Dovizioso was tenth across the line.


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