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French MotoGP™ race guide

French MotoGP™ race guide

All of the essential stats and information any fan needs to know ahead of the Monster Energy Grand Prix de France.

The MotoGP™ race at the 4.2km Le Mans Bugatti Grand Prix race circuit is due to start at 14:00 local time:

  • For the fourth successive race the three riders on the front row of the MotoGP grid are riding bikes from three different manufacturers.

  • Marc Marquez starts from pole for the third time in 2015 and for the third successive year at the French Grand Prix.

  • Andrea Dovizioso is in second place on the grid – his third front row start of 2015. Dovizioso was the first Ducati rider across the line last year at Le Mans in 8th place.

  • Jorge Lorenzo, who is in third place on the grid, will be aiming for his first podium at Le Mans since he won the French GP in 2012.

  • Heading the second row of the grid is Cal Crutchlow, who finished second two years ago at Le Mans to equal his best ever grand prix result.

  • Andrea Iannone has qualified in fifth place on grid at one of the five circuits on the current MotoGP schedule where he has not had a GP podium finish in any of the classes.

  • Bradley Smith starts from sixth place on the grid, which is his best qualifying result since he was fourth fastest qualifier at Phillip Island last year.

  • Heading the third row is Valentino Rossi, who has finished on the podium at the last eight races and will be aiming to win at Le Mans for the first time since 2008.

  • After missing the last three races, Dani Pedrosa, the winner at Le Mans two years ago, has qualified in eighth place on the grid.

  • In ninth place on the grid is Danilo Petrucci, who missed the French GP last year due to a wrist injury suffered at Jerez.

  • After a heavy crash in practice, Aleix Espargaro has qualified in tenth place on the grid and the best of the Suzuki riders.

  • Pol Espargaro, in twelfth place on the grid, finished fourth last year at Le Mans, his best result of his rookie year in the MotoGP class.

  • Nicky Hayden is in 14th place on the grid and is the top Open Class rider in qualifying for the first time this year.

Tags:
MotoGP, 2015, MONSTER ENERGY GRAND PRIX DE FRANCE, RAC

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