MotoGP

Le Mans

French Grand Prix
Even though the Bugatti circuit uses only a short section of the track made famous by the 24-hour endurance sportscar race, the 4.180 km (2.597-mile) circuit is still a daunting race track and has a character all of its own.

The French GP first ran in 1951, but has since been on and off the calendar, and chased around circuits ranging from classic public road courses like Rouen, Reims and Clermont-Ferrand to the modern autodromes of Le Castellet and Magny-Cours.
Race Track Details
Creation date
1965
First MotoGP
Grand Prix held
Spectactor capacity
100,000
Race Date
May 17
Le Mans
Le Mans
Address
Le Mans International Circuit
Les Raineries
Cedex 2 - 72019
Le Mans Cedex
France
Telephone
02 43402424
Fax
02 43402425
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Le Mans All Time Records
Track length
4180m
Number of laps
Number of corners
Left Turns - 4 Rignt Turns - 9
Track Width
13m
Pole Position
Left
Longest Straight
450m
Best lap
Record Pole
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Rider
Valentino Rossi
Chris Vermeulen
Marco Melandri
Valentino Rossi
Sete Gibernau
Sete Gibernau
Valentino Rossi
Max Biaggi
Àlex Crivillé
Àlex Crivillé
Àlex Crivillé
Michael Doohan
Michael Doohan
Michael Doohan
Michael Doohan
Wayne Rainey
Wayne Rainey
Kevin Schwantz
Eddie Lawson
Eddie Lawson
Randy Mamola
Eddie Lawson
Freddie Spencer
Freddie Spencer
Freddie Spencer
Michel Frutschi
Marco Lucchinelli
Kenny Roberts
Barry Sheene
Kenny Roberts
Barry Sheene
Barry Sheene
Giacomo Agostini
Phil Read
Jarno Saarinen
Giacomo Agostini
Giacomo Agostini
Giacomo Agostini






Gary Hocking
John Surtees
John Surtees
Jacques Collot
Geoff Duke
Pierre Monneret
Geoff Duke
Jack Brett
Alfredo Milani
Leslie Graham
John White
Georges Cordey
E A (Ted) Mellors
Sunnqvist
René Milhoux
Percy Hunt
Stanley Woods
Percy Hunt
Stanley Woods
Charlie Dodson
Stanley Woods
Joe Craig
Alec Bennett
Jimmie Simpson
Alec Bennett
Jim Whalley
Alec Bennett
Alec Bennett
Georges Jolly