Le Mans, seconds out, third round This weekend the French circuit of Le Mans hosts the third round of the World Championship, a race where the title contenders cannot afford to make any mistakes: Finishing among the leaders at the start of this...
Le Mans, seconds out, third round
This weekend the French circuit of Le Mans hosts the third round of the World Championship, a race where the title contenders cannot afford to make any mistakes: Finishing among the leaders at the start of this season will be a decisive factor when the riders present their credentials for the world title because the championship is promising to be, after just two GP races, a very tightly fought battle.
Dani Pedrosa will go to Le Mans with a simple objective, to win. The Repsol rider, who has been a frequent visitor to the podium in France, still has not won here in MotoGP, but has been third (2009 & 2006) two times and fourth twice (2008 & 2007). In the lower categories, Dani won three races: two in 250cc (2005 & 2004) and once in 125cc (2003). A year earlier when he made his first ever World Championship appearance in France, he also finished in third position.
Le Mans is, then, a venue that has been kind to Dani Pedrosa and over the last few years a circuit where he has become the 'poleman' at the French track: Pedrosa has been at the head of the grid in MotoGP three times out of the four times that this GP been held (2009, 2008 & 2006). And the Repsol rider will be racing in his 150th GP this weekend. A milestone that he will without a doubt want to celebrate with a victory and so extend his run of good results here.
Meanwhile, his teammate Andrea Dovizioso will go to the French venue with the intention of repeating the brilliant podium he got in the inaugural race earlier this year in Qatar and so hold on to his position among the frontrunners at the top of the classification. The Italian Repsol Honda Team rider has had some good results at Le Mans, he won here in 2004 in 125cc and got five consecutive podium finishes between 2003 - 2007 in 125cc and 250cc.
Keeping an eye on their rivals
As Dani Pedrosa explained last Monday on his blog, the weather is one of the most decisive factors at this circuit: "It is a circuit where it is sunnny and then suddenly it starts to rain: it is very unstable. And with the track wet it has little grip. That always worries us".
As well as keeping one eye on the sky the Repsol Honda Team riders will have to keep another on their rivals. Jorge Lorenzo, the current leader of the championship and his teammate Valentino Rossi, will be tough opponents on the Le Mans track. But not the only ones either: Casey Stoner must react if he is not to lose touch with the title contenders. His teammate Nicky Hayden will also be out to get be crowned in France, a podium which has more pretenders than ever. A great show is on the cards!