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Le Mans

Der 1965 um die 24-Stunden-Strecke gebaute Bugatti Grand Prix Race Circuit liegt 5 Kilometer südlich der Stadt Le Mans und 200 Kilometer süd-westlich von Paris. Der Veranstaltungsort war seit Ende der Sechzigerjahre Grand-Prix-Gastgeber, aber aufgrund eines schweren Unfalls des spanischen Piloten Alberto Puig 1995 verschwand er bis 2000 aus dem Kalender. In dieser Zeit wurden die Sicherheitsmaßnahmen streng verbessert.

Le Mans ist eine schmale Strecke mit vielen Kurven, die im ersten Gang gefahren werden müssen. Damit liegt der Schwerpunkt auf spätem Bremsen und hartem Beschleunigen, während der Hinterradgrip ein weiterer Schlüsselbereich ist. Mit einer Kapazität von 100.000 Besucherplätzen beherbergt der Bugatti Circuit auch das 24-Stunden-Truck-Rennen, die FIA GP2 Meisterschaft, die französischen Touring-Cars und GT Rennen.

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Strecke nach Kategorie

Kategorie Runden Gesamtdistanz Ende im Falle einer roten Flagge
MotoGP™ 27 113 Km / 70,21 Miles 20
Moto2™ 22 92,07 Km / 57,21 Miles 17
Moto3™ 20 83,7 Km / 52,01 Miles 15
MotoE™ 8 33,48 Km / 20,8 Miles 6


  • Gesamtlänge

    4,19Km / 2,6 Miles

  • Streckenbreite

    13m / 42,65ft

  • Längste Gerade

    674m / 2211.29ft

  • Rechtskurven


  • Linkskurven


The French city and circuit of Le Mans are synonymous with motorsport - having hosted two and four wheel races and endurance events for many years

Le Mans, France

Le Mans first held a motorcycle Grand Prix event in 1969, when the great Giacomo Agostini won the 500cc race, lapping all the other riders on his MV Agusta. The modern circuit has been a permanent fixture on the MotoGP™ calendar since 2000. Local French fans are knowledgeable and passionate about their racing, with a boisterous atmosphere at races. French riders of different eras and in different classes such as Johann Zarco, Christian Sarron, Olivier Jacque, Arnaud Vincent, Guy Bertin, Randy de Puniet and Mike Di Meglio have brought their country race wins and titles, adding to France’s significant racing heritage.

Why we love Le Mans and Sarthe

A large modern European republic with centuries of epic history - a country of elegant cities, miles of beaches, towering mountains, wonderful local food and vast areas of unspoiled countryside, France has a romance all of its own. Paris is a powerful and enchanting capital city and it’s hard not to fall in love as you take in its trendy wide tree-lined boulevards. The River Seine, the Eiffel Tower, the Notre-Dame cathedral, the Arc de Triomphe, the Champs-Élysées, and the countless charming cafes and designer boutiques along the Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré add to the its intrigue. In the wider Paris region, the Palace of Versailles is one of the world’s architectural masterpieces. Elsewhere, cities such as Marseille, Lyon, Toulouse, Nice, Nantes, and Montpellier have rich histories, cuisine and local cultures to be discovered. Explore the beautiful regions of Rhône-Alpes, Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur, Languedoc-Roussillon, Midi-Pyrénées, Burgundy and Champagne-Ardenne and your love affair with France will grow stronger. A visit to Le Mans - a city of just under 150,000 people on the Sarthe River - is also a real treat, with plenty to keep you entertained.

Finding the right accommodation

Le Mans is the capital of the Sarthe department, and is a big enough place to provide a wide variety of accommodation options for visitors. Away from the city there are many quieter places for camping which can be found within a few km of Le Mans. In the city-centre itself you will find some typical business-style hotels and a range of basic to luxury hotels. Another option is to hire an apartment in the city for a few nights or if you prefer to experience the French countryside then rent a typical gîte for an authentic Gallic stay.

Tips for visiting Le Mans and Sarthe

History, style, fine dining and wine are abundant in the Loire Valley, little wonder then that it is sometimes referred to as the ‘Garden of France’, given the plethora of orchards, farms and vineyards here. Great local produce such as artichoke and asparagus are to be treasured, whilst the Rillettes pork pate you will find in many Le Mans bars, restaurants or butchers shops tastes excellent on a fresh French baguette. The Loire Valley is serious wine territory with local wine regions including Sancerre & Pouilly-Fumé, Anjou-Saumur, Vouvray and Touraine, Chinon and Muscadet, from which Chenin blanc and Sauvignon blanc wines are produced in great quantity and excellent quality. There may be no better place to enjoy a glass of French wine than an elegant château. Naturally, this area of France features some of the country's most extravagant fortresses, including Le Lude which is perhaps the easiest to reach from Le Mans - just 45km away from the city.


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