After completing a one-day test last Thursday at Mugello, in which factory riders Andrea Dovizioso and Jorge Lorenzo concentrated mainly on preparation work for the Italian GP, the Ducati Team has now arrived in France for the fifth round of the championship, scheduled for the iconic Le Mans circuit.
The track where the bike race takes place – the Bugatti circuit – forms part of the history of motorsport and even though it only shares a small section of the Sarthe circuit where every year the famous 24 Hours car race is held, it offers a fascinating spectacle for the packed crowds who flock to the French circuit every year for the GP.
Andrea Dovizioso has often produced good form at Le Mans, qualifying five times on the front row in ten races, and he has climbed onto the podium three times in MotoGP, the last time in 2015 when he finished third, while twelve months ago the Italian crossed the finish line in fourth place.
Jorge Lorenzo has a truly extraordinary record at Le Mans. Since his MotoGP debut in 2008 he has scored a total of five wins at the Bugatti circuit, the last two in 2015 and 2016. In addition, in his ten races in the French GP, he has qualified five times on the front row, while last year he finished the race in sixth.
The French GP weekend programme gets underway on Friday morning with the first free practice session at 9.55am, while the 27-lap race is scheduled for 14.00.
Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati Team #04) – 5th (46 points): “If we look at how competitive we were at Jerez, I’m convinced we can also go well at Le Mans, and so from this point of view I’m pretty unfazed. In today’s MotoGP you can’t afford to lose too many points, and so the zero we picked up in Spain is a big setback, but after the performance we demonstrated in the race on a track that on paper was not favourable for us, I believe that we have put the frighteners on our rivals just a little bit more. So I’m confident we can also do a good race in France