Many riders in the intermediate class have a number of podium finishes in Le Mans, none more so than Tom Luthi.
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- Sam Lowes took his first win of 2016 at the Jerez to add to his previous GP win at Austin last year. He is the first British rider to win intermediate-class GP races in successive seasons since Chas Mortimer in 1974 & 1975. Last year Lowes qualified in second place on the grid at Le Mans and just missed out on a podium, finishing fourth but just a quarter of a second behind Zarco.
- Alex Rins finished on the podium in each of his three starts at Le Mans in the Moto3™ class: 3rd in 2012 and 2nd in both 2013 & 2014. His third at Le Mans in 2012 was his first grand prix podium finish, in only his fourth GP start. Last year he was on pole for the Moto2™ race at Le Mans but ended up finishing 17th after crashing out of 6th place at the Dunlop Chicane on the 24th lap and re-starting.
- Johann Zarco’s third place in the Moto2™ race at Le Mans last year was his first podium finish at his home grand prix.
- Le Mans is the most successful circuit for Tom Luthi, and was the only circuit at which he had two grand prix victories when racing in the 125cc class; he won at Le Mans on his way to taking the 125cc world title in 2005 and repeated the win a year later. He has also had two wins at Le Mans in the Moto2™ class, in 2012 and 2015 – the only circuit he has had more than a single Moto2™ victory.
- Jonas Folger finished sixth at Le Mans two years ago, after qualifying in pole position for the first time in the Moto2™ class. Last year he crashed out of the race on lap ten. Folger finished 2nd in the 125cc race in his rookie grand prix season in 2009 – his first grand prix podium finish.
- Other than Tom Luthi, the only rider competing full-time in the Moto2™ class who has won a GP at Le Mans is Julian Simon, who won the 125cc race at the French GP in 2009.