The Ducati Team in France for the fifth race of the season

The MotoGP season is coming up on its second race in Europe, and the Ducati Team arrives in France after the unlucky race in Jerez 15 days ago.

The Ducati Team is firmly determined to turn the page and get back into the running with the French race. This is certainly helped by the fact that in the past, on a difficult track like Jerez, both the Desmosedicis were vying for the podium, a sign of the great competitiveness achieved by the bikes from Borgo Panigale. In fact, in Jerez Dovizioso, Lorenzo, Petrucci and Miller all had good races, battling for positions near the podium.

The Le Mans track was resurfaced last year and therefore has a surface that is optimal for the 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. On this track both Ducati Team riders have had good results in the past. 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. 

Le Mans is one of the races with the most spectators and as early as Friday the circuit is filled with French "motards". The grandstands on the central straight remain full even after the end of the qualification runs as numerous entertaining events are presented, stunt riding and freestyle riding being the most popular. In the evening everybody moves to the lawn in front of the Dunlop bridge for rock concerts. 

Even in France, Jorge Lorenzo and Andrea Dovizioso will be able to count on the support of the Ducati Grandstand, home to the man y local fans from the other side of the Alps. The French fanstand was one of the first, organised in 2007, and that very year a group "haka" was held that put Casey Stoner on the podium... 

Here below you can find the timetable of the racing weekend:

day/session
local time
Friday
FP1
09.55 - 10.40
FP2
14.05 - 14.50
Saturday
FP3
09.55 - 10.40
FP4
13.30 - 14. 00
Q1
14.10 - 14.25
Q2
14.35 - 14.50
Sunday
Warm-Up
09.40 - 10.00
Race
14.00
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