French GP: West Honda Pons preview

Le Mans, a tough task for the 2-strokes The legendary French circuit of Le Mans is host this weekend to the fourth Grand Prix of the World Championship and the West Honda Pons riders are looking to be in the thick of the action once more in the...

Le Mans, a tough task for the 2-strokes

The legendary French circuit of Le Mans is host this weekend to the fourth Grand Prix of the World Championship and the West Honda Pons riders are looking to be in the thick of the action once more in the MotoGP class. With Loris Capirossi currently in fourth place in the Championship, only 5 points behind second, and Alex Barros seventh and getting better every time, the riders are now getting ready to face one of the toughest tests of the season for there are many points around the circuit where acceleration is critical and the 4-strokes can open the throttle earlier. The Bugatti track has been slightly modified this year

Loris Capirossi:
"I have had a difficult last few days, but my thoughts are now firmly concentrated on the race in Le Mans and doing my best there. In Jerez I just missed out on my second podium of the season and I am ready to fight again for it in France. It won't be easy because the characteristics of the circuit favour the 4-stroke bikes".

Alex Barros:
"After two difficult races where it took me time to feel comfortable on the bike, I found my form again in Jerez and I enjoyed riding once again. We can still improve, but I feel very different now and I am much more optimistic about my chances".

Sito Pons:
"In Jerez we narrowly missed out on a top three finish, but our riders were always in the lead group of riders and they showed that they are in great form. We know that Le Mans is a difficult circuit for the 2-stroke bikes but we hope to be competitive and make the best use of the material that we have. Even though there are times when it seems otherwise, races are always unpredictable and you must never throw the towel in."

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Series MotoGP
Drivers Loris Capirossi , Alex Barros