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Repsol Honda Team head to historic Le Mans for Round 5

posted May 3, 2016, 6:32 PM by Takanobu Matsuki   [ updated May 22, 2016, 7:10 PM ]





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Preview Report

Tuesday, May 3rd 2016

  Grand Prix de France

MotoGP 2016   Round 5

Repsol Honda Team head to historic Le Mans for Round 5

Marc Marquez and Dani Pedrosa are en route to France after scoring solid third- and fourth-place finishes, respectively, in the Spanish GP, which was immediately followed by a positive one-day post-race test. The Repsol Honda riders look forward to trying to make the best use of the data gathered there, and to start the French GP on the right foot beginning with the FP1 session, which will start Friday morning at 9:55 local time.

Marc has had mixed results at the historic Le Mans Circuit. He took the MotoGP victory in 2014 and the Moto2 win in 2011, as well as podium finishes in 2013 (MotoGP) and 2010 (125cc). Last year he earned pole position but experienced difficulty with his front tyre during the Sunday race after temperature significantly increased compared to the rest of the weekend. He made the best of the situation, managing to finish fourth after a hard-fought battle with Andrea Iannone during the final five laps.

Dani has finished on the Le Mans podium seven times, including a MotoGP win in 2013 and three victories in the smaller-displacement classes (250cc in ’04 and ’05, 125cc in ’03). Last year he returned to racing in Le Mans after missing the Americas, Argentine and Spanish GPs (having received surgery to his right arm to alleviate discomfort from arm pump); unfortunately, he crashed out of the race on the second lap. The Spaniard showed grit and determination by re-joining the race in last place and finished in 16th.

Marc Marquez  93

Championship Standing: 1st - 82 points 

“I like the Le Mans track although it requires that you be ready to deal with many variables. To begin with, the weather: you never know what it will do there. Last year the temperature rose significantly on Sunday and we suffered a lot with front grip in the race. Rain also isn’t unusual there. In addition, the track has a stop-and-go layout, with many slow turns where braking and acceleration are crucial. We’ll see if we find ourselves in a situation similar to Austin, where acceleration out of slow corners was a lot better than expected, or if we have to face a bigger challenge. During the last test in Jerez, we worked a lot on electronics and the chassis setting to find more grip, and on the balance of the bike to reduce wheelying. It’s always a compromise but I think we’ve gathered useful info for Le Mans and, knowing how far we’ve come since this winter and how quickly we’ve been able to react to many situations, I feel confident and look forward to starting the next racing weekend.”

Marc Marquez

Marc Marquez Statistics

Date of Birth

17/02/1993

Birthplace

Lleida, (Catalonia) – Spain

Height

168 cm

Weight

59 kg

Hobbies

Mountain Biking, Video games

Racing Number

93

First Race

1998 “Enduro per nens”

Grand Prix Debut

2008 125cc Portugal GP (KTM 125 FRR)

GPs raced

136

GP pole positions

60 (14 in 125cc, 14 in 250cc, 32 in MotoGP)

Total GP podiums

82 (14 x 125cc, 25 x Moto2, 43 x MotoGP)

Total GP wins

52 (10 x 125cc, 16 x Moto2, 26 x MotoGP)

First GP Win

2010 125cc Italian GP (Derbi RSA 125)

World titles

4 (1 x 125cc - 2010, 1 x Moto2 - 2012, 2 x MotoGP - 2013, 2014)

More Statistics

Dani Pedrosa  26

Championship Standing: 4th - 40 points 

“I enjoy the Bugatti circuit, and we’ve had good results there in the past, but this year there are some factors to consider. In the last race I couldn’t go full-throttle on the straights because the rear tyre was spinning too much, and I think that also in Le Mans a lot will depend on how the tyre will get grip from the track. Normally this isn’t a ‘super-grippy’ track, so we’ll have to continue working on that side in order to make it better. In the Jerez test, we tried to improve our feeling, testing different things such as suspension and some other solutions thought to provide more grip out of the turns and to make the bike faster into the tight corners. We’ll see if the info collected will be useful on a practical level in Le Mans. Finally, let’s hope the weather will be kind to us.”

Dani Pedrosa

Dani Pedrosa Statistics

Date of Birth

29/09/1985

Birthplace

Sabadell, (Catalonia) – Spain

Height

160 cm

Weight

51kg

Hobbies

Cycling, Motocross, Windsurfing, Cinema

Racing number

26

First race

1997 Pocket bike race

Grand Prix debut

2001. 125cc Japanese GP, Suzuka – (Honda RS125R)

GPs raced

248

GP pole positions

46 (9 in 125cc, 9 in 250cc, 28 in MotoGP)

Total GP podiums

142 (17 x 125cc, 24 x 250cc, 101 x MotoGP)

Total GP wins

51 (8 x 125cc, 15 x 250cc, 28 x MotoGP)

First GP win

2002. 125cc Dutch GP, Assen – (Honda RS125R)

World titles

3 (1 x 125cc - 2003, 2 x 250cc - 2004, 2005)

More Statistics

Rider Standings

Pos.

Rider

Num

Nation

Points

Team

Constructor

1

Marquez Marc

93

SPA

82

Repsol Honda Team

Honda

2

Lorenzo Jorge

99

SPA

65

Movistar Yamaha MotoGP

Yamaha

3

Rossi Valentino

46

ITA

58

Movistar Yamaha MotoGP

Yamaha

4

Pedrosa Dani

26

SPA

40

Repsol Honda Team

Honda

5

Espargaro Pol

44

SPA

36

Monster Yamaha Tech 3

Yamaha

6

Vinales Maverick

25

SPA

33

Team Suzuki Ecstar

Suzuki

7

Espargaro Aleix

41

SPA

32

Team Suzuki Ecstar

Suzuki

8

Barbera Hector

8

SPA

31

Avintia Racing

Ducati

9

Laverty Eugene

50

IRE

28

Aspar MotoGP Team

Ducati

10

Iannone Andrea

29

ITA

25

Ducati Team

Ducati

11

Dovizioso Andrea

4

ITA

23

Ducati Team

Ducati

12

Smith Bradley

38

GBR

20

Monster Yamaha Tech 3

Yamaha

13

Bradl Stefan

6

GER

17

Aprilia Racing Team Gresini

Aprilia

14

Redding Scott

45

GBR

16

Octo Pramac Racing

Ducati

15

Bautista Alvaro

19

SPA

14

Aprilia Racing Team Gresini

Aprilia

16

Pirro Michele

51

ITA

12

Ducati Team

Ducati

17

Rabat Tito

53

SPA

11

Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS

Honda

18

Crutchlow Cal

35

GBR

5

LCR Honda

Honda

19

Baz Loris

76

FRA

4

Avintia Racing

Ducati

20

Hernandez Yonny

68

COL

3

Aspar MotoGP Team

Ducati

21

Miller Jack

43

AUS

2

Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS

Honda

 

Team Standings

Pos.

Team

Points

1

Movistar Yamaha MotoGP

123

2

Repsol Honda Team

122

3

Team Suzuki Ecstar

65

4

Monster Yamaha Tech 3

56

5

Ducati Team

48

6

Avintia Racing

35

7

Aspar MotoGP Team

31

8

Aprilia Racing Team Gresini

31

9

Octo Pramac Racing

16

10

Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS

13

11

LCR Honda

5

Constructor Standings

Pos.

Team

Points

1

Yamaha

90

2

Honda

82

3

Ducati

58

4

Suzuki

39

5

Aprilia

20

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Pedrosa and Marquez in action - Le Mans 2015

 

 

Location Information

Built in 1965 around the existing 24-Hour track, the Le Mans Bugatti Grand Prix race circuit lies 5km south of the city of Le Mans and 200km south-west of Paris. The venue has hosted Grand Prix since the late sixties but a serious accident to Spanish rider Alberto Puig in… read more.

Automobile Club de l’Ouest Le Mans

Length

4.185 kilometres / 2.6 miles

Width

13 metres

Left corners

5

Right corners

9

Longest straight

0.674 kilometres / 0.419 miles

Constructed

1966

Modified

2008

Circuit Records

Pole Position

1m 32.042s (163.6km/h) Marc Marquez (Honda, 2014)

Race Lap

1m 32.879s (162.2km/h) Valentino Rossi (Yamaha, 2015)

Race Time

43m 44.143s (160.7km/h) Jorge Lorenzo (Yamaha, 2015)

2015 Race Winner

Jorge Lorenzo (Yamaha)

Automobile Club de l'Ouest, Le Mans, France –  View in Google Maps

www.lemans.org

 

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