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Old 17th May 2018, 13:02   #1
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Moto GP : The 2018 French Grand Prix (May 18th - May 20th)

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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 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.

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 1995 saw it struck off the calendar until 2000 whilst stringent safety improvements were carried out.

Le Mans is a tight track dominated by first gear corners that place the emphasis on late braking and hard acceleration, whilst rear end traction is also a key area. With the capacity to comfortably accommodate up to 100,000 spectators, the Bugatti circuit also plays host to the 24 hour truck race, the FIA GP2 Championship, French Touring Car and GT races.

Read more at: http://www.motogp.com/en/event/France

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Amazing pole by Zarco! The more I see him outperform factory teams, the more I'm upset by Yamaha for losing him. Here's what Rossi has to say.

“I don’t know how Johann is so fast. I just know that he’s faster than us. Today he was fast, but he did the same thing in recent races too. He rides very well and has a good pace.”

For question on looking at Zarco's data

“We’ll need to look at all aspects to improve. It seems like Zarco wears the tyres less. He is able to go faster lap after lap, whereas I begin to struggle.”

This coming from a 9 time world champion with 17 years in MotoGP speaks a lot about the Frenchman's talent.

https://www.gpone.com/en/2018/05/19/...r-than-us.html
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Another superb ride by Marquez. He sits now with 36 points lead over Vinales in championship. Both Zarco and Dovizioso crashed out. Marquez looks like in a league of his own.
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Marquez made it look so easy. Looks like he can win 2018 title with 1 or 2 races to spare. Commendable rides by Petrux and Rossi but it was more or less a procession after mid race distance. I wonder why Lorenzo goes for the softest tires, make a break at start and then drop back mid race. Gutted for Zarco but this can happen when you are pushing to the limits.
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MM #93 represents the current era, the ever dominating list of WC which once used to elude the Moto-GP championships. From Agostini, Rainey, Doohan, Gardner, Kenny to Rossi. Marquez is in that form. He is the GOAT for now.

That was a superb race and I doubt, others stand a chance for the entire 2018 championships, speaking too soon...? In this case, maybe not.

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Doesn't matter who takes the pole anymore. If Marquez is on track he will win it and in the course of winning he has these mini crashes where he uses his elbow and knee to pick the bike up and keep going, amazing talent. I think the comment that him being dangerous to the sport has riled him up and now he just gets to the front and rides off. Suddenly MotoGP has become boring.
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