The Le Mans Bugatti Grand Prix race circuit was built in 1965 around the existing 24-Hour track and 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. There are 4 left corners, 9 right corners, and is 2.597 miles in length. 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.
Dani Pedrosa takes pole position to start the 4th Grand Prix of the season. Casey Stoner recently announced his plans for retirement at the end of the seaso Stoner starts second on the grid. Off the start, Randy DePuniet crashes at the start. Valentino Rossi gets a great start and moves into 4th position by the end of the first lap.
Jorge Lorenzo took the lead from Pedrosa. The rain sure does show how riders’ skills vary from wet to dry. Rossi was looking great and ppasses Pedrosa with 26 to go.
With 16 to go Cal Crutchlow makes a move on Rossi and then Dovizioso makes his movve on Rossi and then passes Cruthlow. The battle for 3rd was where eyes were glued for many laps.
With 14 to go Rossi passes on Crutchlow putting Dovizioso in his sites.
With 10 to go Crutlow crashes and Rosssi takes over 3rd!
As each lap of the last 10 go by Rossi shaves off time between him and Stoner. With 5 to go Rossi brings down the gap to 0.5 seconds.
Dovizioso crashes out with 3 to go. Rossi takes over 2nd for a brief corner and Stoner reclaims 2nd in the next corner.
Rossi takes over second position on the last lap and drops the hammer to claim 2nd in the race!
Lorenzo won the race and took over the championship point lead over Stoner, but the biggest story of the day is Valentino Rossi back on the podium!