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29 days ago
By motogp.com

#StatAttack: Moto2™ lift off for Le Mans

Some stats and facts about the intermediate class as MotoGP™ flies to France

- In Jerez, Alex Marquez (EG 0,0 Marc VDS) won his first Moto2™ race after 39 starts. He became the 30th Moto2™ winner and the ninth Spanish rider to achieve this feat.

- Championship leader Franco Morbidelli (EG 0,0 Marc VDS) didn't cross the line in Jerez for the first time since Sachsenring last year, when he crashed twice during the race in wet conditions.

- Francesco Bagnaia (Sky Racing Team VR46) finished second in Jerez in what was his fourth Moto2™ race, becoming the ninth Italian rider to stand on the podium in the class. 

- In the Moto2™ era, starting in 2010, only four rookies have scored more points than Bagnaia (33 points) over the opening four races of the year: 2014 - Maverick Viñales (49), 2015 – Álex Rins (49), 2010 – Sergio Gadea (46) and Andrea Iannone (38).

- In Jerez, Miguel Oliveira (Red Bull KTM Ajo) stood on the podium for the second time this year. He finished ninth in Le Mans last year from 14th on the grid, his best result at that time during his rookie year.

- Tom Lüthi (CarXpert Interwetten), Miguel Oliveira, Luca Marini (Forward Racing Team) and Dominique Aegerter (Kiefer Racing) are the only riders who have scored points in all four of the Moto2™ races in 2017.

- Lüthi has won twice in Le Mans in the Moto2 class. With Simone Corsi (Speed Up Racing) and Xavier Siméon (Tasca Racing Scuderi Moto2), he is the only rider on the current grid to have stood on the podium at the track in Moto2™.

- None of the seven previous Moto2™ races at Le Mans have been won by the rider starting on pole position.

- Fourth across the line in Jerez, Mattia Pasini (Italtrans Racing Team) equalled his best Moto2™ result. At Le Mans he will be aiming to get his first podium finish in 85 Moto2™ starts.

- Luca Marini crossed the line in fifth in Jerez, his best result so far in Moto2™. He finished 12th in Le Mans last year, from tenth on the grid.

- Jean-Louis Tournadre in 1982 is the last French rider to have won in the intermediate-class at the French Grand Prix. That race was boycotted by top riders due insufficient safety measures.

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