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MotoGP Le Mans: A Legacy of Weather

Le Mans Weather

This weekend the MotoGP motorcycle racing teams visits Le Mans for the 23rd time. Part of the French circuit’s rich heritage (which has contributed to its somewhat infamous allure) is its unpredictability when it comes to weather. The French racing round has come under the wet weather flag to flag rule the last three years.

In 2007 a light shower in the early laps of the event brought out the flag, allowing riders to change to bikes fitted with rain tires. The light sprinkles turned to heavy rain, forcing bike changes for the entire field.

The following year, in 2008, the wet weather flag came out at the midway point. The only rider that came in to switch bikes however was Marco Melandri (Stoner made the switch but it was for mechanical reasons).

In 2009 the Le Mans race was the exact opposite of the 2007 event. It started wet and gradually dried out during the course of the race, forcing an interesting strategy of when teams decide to pull their riders in.

Overall, Valentino Rossi is the all-time premier class winner at Le Mans with 3 followed by a list of retired racing legends with 2 and other (active & non-active) riders with 1. Current points leader and teammate, Jorge Lorenzo, has 1 win but with fewer tries than Rossi.

The rain wreaks havoc with teams, riders and crew chiefs as they try to outsmart the weather gods, prompting decisions, which can prove either brilliant or disastrous.

The one constant; everyone has to deal with the same conditions.

All-Time: MotoGP/500cc Le Mans – Number of Wins

  3 Rossi, Valentino ITALY
  2 Doohan, Mick AUSTRALIA
  2 Schwantz, Kevin UNITED STATES
  2 Spencer, Freddie UNITED STATES
  2 Gibernau, Sete SPAIN
  2 Sheene, Barry GREAT BRITAIN
  2 Agostini, Giacomo ITALY
  1 Lorenzo, Jorge SPAIN
  1 Lawson, Eddie UNITED STATES
  1 Vermeulen, Chris AUSTRALIA
  1 Mamola, Randy UNITED STATES
  1 Melandri, Marco ITALY
  1 Biaggi, Max ITALY
  1 Criville, Alex SPAIN

2010 Le Mans Rider Entry List (r=Rookie)

  4 Andrea

DOVIZIOSO

ITA Repsol

Honda Team

Honda
  5 Colin

EDWARDS

USA Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha
r 7 Hiroshi

AOYAMA

JPN Interwetten

Honda MotoGP

Honda
r 11 Ben SPIES USA Monster

Yamaha Tech 3

Yamaha
  14 Randy DE

PUNIET

FRA LCR Honda

MotoGP

Honda
r 19 Alvaro

BAUTISTA

SPA Rizla Suzuki MotoGP Suzuki
  26 Dani

PEDROSA

SPA Repsol Honda

Team

Honda
  27 Casey

STONER

AUS Ducati Marlboro Team Ducati
  33 Marco

MELANDRI

ITA San Carlo

Honda Gresini

Honda
  36 Mika KALLIO FIN Pramac

Racing Team

Ducati
r 40 Hector

BARBERA

SPA Paginas

Amarillas Aspar

Ducati
r 41 Aleix

ESPARGARO

SPA Pramac Racing Team Ducati
  46 Valentino

ROSSI

ITA Fiat Yamaha

Team

Yamaha
r 58 Marco

SIMONCELLI

ITA San Carlo Honda Gresini Honda
  65 Loris

CAPIROSSI

ITA Rizla Suzuki

MotoGP

Suzuki
  69 Nicky

HAYDEN

USA Ducati Marlboro Team Ducati
  99 Jorge

LORENZO

SPA Fiat Yamaha

Team

Yamaha

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