The Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP Team is all set and ready to get to work again this weekend at the Le Mans Bugatti Grand Prix race circuit in France. Weather forecasts predict mixed conditions, so Fabio Quartararo and Maverick Viñales and their crews will have to stay on their toes and be ready to adapt to whatever the track conditions may be.
Quartararo is reunited with his crew for the first time since the successful surgery for Chronic Exertional Compartment Syndrome (CECS or ’arm pump‘) he underwent at the CH Aix en Provence hospital on Tuesday, 4th May. He is looking forward to getting back on the bike and assess his current level of fitness.
Knowing that the Bugatti track suits the YZR-M1‘s nimble character, the local hero is optimistic that he can make the French fans proud this weekend. He‘s currently in second place in the standings, 2 points behind the leader, and won‘t rest until he has reclaimed the top position.
After four rounds, Viñales holds third in the championship standings, 16 points from first. The number-12 rider‘s goal for this weekend is to pay a visit to the French rostrum again, of which he has fond memories. In 2017 the Spaniard secured a hard-fought premier class win there with Yamaha, and one year earlier he scored a third-place race result.
However, the Spaniard is also familiar with the changeable conditions in Le Mans. He is hoping for an entirely dry or wet GP this weekend, so he can fully concentrate on one set-up of his bike.
The Bugatti Grand Prix race circuit was built in 1965, just a few kilometres from the city of Le Mans. MotoGP made its first visit to the iconic French track in the late sixties, and it remained a fixture until 1996. After some safety modifications, the 4.2km-long circuit was added back to the calendar in 2000. Its lay-out of five left and nine right corners places the emphasis on late braking, hard acceleration, and rear-end traction, which makes for some great battles.