Le Mans is one of Marco Melandri’s most successful circuits during his time in the premier-class, with several good results; 4th in 2005, a victory in 2006 and 2nd in 2007. Last year he was 15th after his bike stalled on the grid. His 5th place finish at Jerez equalled his best result from last year that he achieved in China, and also equals the best result achieved last year by a Kawasaki rider.Chris Vermeulen’s win in 2007 at Le Mans is the only victory for Suzuki since the introduction of the four-stroke MotoGP machines at the start of 2002.Loris Capirossi’s only podium finish from nine premier-class starts at Le Mans is 2nd in 2006. He won the 250cc GP at Le Mans back in 1994 on a Honda.Mika Kallio had a couple of podium finishes on a 125cc machine at Le Mans. His 5th place last year was his best result at the circuit in the 250cc class.Toni Elias had three podium finishes in the smaller classes at Le Mans, including victory in the 250cc race in 2003; however he has never finished higher than 9th in his four starts in the MotoGP class at Le Mans.