Dovizioso and Petrucci start at Le Mans the final part of the MotoGP season

Six races in seven weeks in France, Spain and Portugal to finish the MotoGP championship

The coming weeks will be a real “tour de force” for MotoGP riders and teams as they take to the track on six weekends starting at Le Mans, followed by Aragon and Valencia – where two events are scheduled – and then moving on to Portugal where the final act will be staged in Portimao.

The Ducati Team riders will be going into the final rush with different objectives: While for Dovizioso the imperative is to try to make up for the unlucky day at Barcelona where he was forced out of the race through no fault of his own, Petrucci's goal is to finish out his contract with Ducati as strong as possible since he's back in racing form, as it was clear in Barcelona.

The French track of Le Mans is the first stop of the Grand Prix series, a "cursed” track for the Ducati Team since a Desmosedici GP has never recorded a victory on the circuit since the team's début in 2003. But it must also be said that last year both Ducati team riders earned a spot on the podium, so there's no reason why we can't hope for the same or better this year. 

The "Bugatti" circuit in Le Mans track has an excellent surface for MotoGP bikes. It alternates long straights and sudden braking followed by slow corners, or rather demanding changes of direction that put a strain on brakes and chassis. The French track is considered to be a "stop and go" type even if in reality there are no particularly slow points except for the last corner into the final straight. The tyres shouldn't be an issue given that, unlike the previous editions held in mid-May, this year's race is being run in the fall in cooler temperatures and with a possibility of rain that's far from remote.

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SHARK HELMETS Grand Prix de France
Circuito Bugatti (SHARK HELMETS Grand Prix de France)
13 May - 15 May 2022 Circuito Bugatti
General Info

The ‘Bugatti’ circuit lies about 5 km south of the town of Le Mans. Built in 1965 around the Le Mans 24 Hours car racing circuit, at the end of the 1960s the track became the venue for the grand prix bike race. After a few years the Le Mans round disappeared from the championship calendar until the 2000 season, while work was carried out to improve safety. One of the main features of the narrow track is the strange nature of its curves, which force the riders to brake brusquely and then accelerate hard out.

Circuit data
  • Length 4.185 Km
  • Turns 14
  • Fastest Lap 1'32''309
  • Laps number 27
  • Avarage speed 163.213
  • 13 May
    • Free practice 1 UTC
    • Free practice 2 UTC
  • 14 May
    • Free practice 3 UTC
    • Free practice 4 UTC
    • Qualify 1 UTC
    • Qualify 2 UTC
  • 15 May
    • Race UTC