All of the drivers have motive to shine on the French Grand Prix, however there are solely three locations on the rostrum and one on the highest step. Overview of the challenges of the Le Mans weekend.
Ducati, hellish dynamics
4 races, two poles, one victory, seven podiums: Ducati’s 2021 season has began off on the best foot, with a number of riders in a position to be fast each competitors weekend. The seventh double of the model’s historical past was signed in Spain in early Could. Launched at this tempo, the Reds can solely hope to maintain up the tempo at Le Mans.
Ducati gained little on the Bugatti circuit (as soon as because of Danilo Petrucci in 2020), however good outcomes are fairly often obtained there. There was not less than one driver on the rostrum within the final three races right here. And if the GP21 labored nicely on the winding observe of Jerez, there’s a good likelihood that it’s going to begin once more within the Sarthe. “In comparison with Jerez there are fewer quick corners, a bit extra ‘cease and go’, and within the race it’s doable to harass the opponents and use the strengths of the Ducati”, Clarify Johann Zarco.
At house, the French will attempt to verify the great impressions of his begin to the championship, and why not go for an enormous end result if the situations are delicate – he had completed very robust within the moist / dry in 2020. Affirmation mission, too, for Jack Miller, two weeks after returning to the highest in Jerez. Affirmation mission, lastly, for Francesco Bagnaia, new boss of the final classification after his sequence of excellent outcomes (third, sixth, 2nd, 2nd). If he scores this weekend, will probably be the primary time in his MotoGP profession that he has scored factors 5 instances in a row.
By the tip of July 2020, Yamaha had gained 5 of the six trophies handed out on the two races in Jerez. Having just one M1 on the rostrum in Could 2021, furthermore on the final step, was subsequently a small underperformance. Particularly because it was the “oldest” bike, that of Franco Morbidelli, whose base dates from 2019. Reconquest is subsequently the watchword. Reconquest after the occasions in Jerez, but additionally for what occurred just lately at Le Mans; there was no Yamaha victory right here since 2017 (Maverick Viñales), and a podium since 2018 (Valentino Rossi third).
Defeated due to forearm ache in Jerez (13th), Fabio Quartararo, who had surgical procedure two days after the race, should put this bodily disappointment behind him. And what higher solution to do it than by being “Once more shortly in entrance” ? His teammate Maverick Viñales must revive after a sequence of three races and not using a podium, together with two outdoors the top-5. The Spaniard has fallen again into his pitfalls in latest weeks, however accomplished the take a look at for Jerez on the high of the standings. To be confirmed in France. Within the Petronas field, Franco Morbidelli will attempt to proceed his ascent (18th, 12th, 4th, third), whereas Valentino rossi is obliged to search out his manner again to the factors after three consecutive clean outcomes.
A response at Suzuki
4 Grands Prix have simply handed, however the model that wears the crowns of the drivers ‘and groups’ championships has just one podium, a 3rd place. This isn’t worrying, as a result of Alex Rins has proven that he has the pace to experience in entrance – fall in Portimao when he was 2nd, fall in Jerez then aggressive tempo when leaving -, and that Joan Mir follows the technique of consistency that led him to the title in 2020. However is it sufficient?
For Joan Mir, taking the factors from third, 4th or fifth each time is helpful, however it might solely work if his opponents make errors. Nonetheless, these are robust for now. The world champion has but to indicate that he has that little additional increase, the one which allowed him to shut to 50% of the rostrum in 2020 (6 out of 14). As for Alex Rins, the primary goal is evident: to cross the end line to start out once more, whereas due to his crashes, the hole with the leaders is already round 40 factors.
A darkish file threatens the Honda home: the variety of consecutive races with none victory. He was tied at Jerez (18) and could possibly be crushed at Le Mans this weekend. The present panorama doesn’t invite to wager on a victory of the HRC, with a Marc Marquez nonetheless in part of restoration, a Pol Espargaro ” a bit misplaced “ within the field and an Alex Marquez who accumulates the falls. Solely Takaaki Nakagami has carried out just lately, however the Japanese continues to be chasing his first MotoGP podium.
The rostrum is a aim which, if achieved, would give satisfaction to the Japanese model. There haven’t but been any in 2021 and solely two in 2020, together with one at Le Mans. Takaaki Nakagami deserves it, Pol Espargaro likes the Bugatti circuit (the place he positioned third final yr with the KTM), and for Marc Marquez it can rely upon his type.
KTM should launch its season
With solely 27 factors on the clock, KTM has began the season removed from preliminary expectations, which stemmed from a 2020 marketing campaign of podiums (eight) and victories (three). The RC16 has misplaced its luster, Solely Brad Binder has up to now managed to be aggressive on his handlebars, however not all the pieces has been put collectively to get end result – both unhealthy qualifying or errors in race. What the Oranges want to actually kick off their season.
As for Aprilia, Le Mans weekends have been hardly ever straightforward for Aleix Espargaro (engine drawback in 2017, ninth place in 2018, 12th place in 2019, 14th place in 2020). Nonetheless, there’s lots to be fast, as evidenced by the passages in Q2 of the 2018 and 2019 editions. Aprilia RS-GP has by no means been so environment friendly, the Catalan resides his greatest life with and connects the attractive companies. It now stays to go get this primary top-5, and why not a primary podium. It sounds robust for this weekend, however who stated there have been no surprises in MotoGP, and particularly at Le Mans?
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Friday Could 14
Moto3, FP1: 9 a.m. – 9.40 a.m. reside on Canal + Sport / Auvio (Belgium)
MotoGP, FP1: 9:55 – 10:40 am reside on Canal + Sport / Auvio (Belgium)
Moto2, FP1: 10:55 – 11:35 am reside on Canal + Sport / Auvio (Belgium)
MotoE, FP1: 11:50 am – 12:20 pm
Northern Expertise Cup (NTC), FP1: 12:35 p.m. – 1:05 p.m.
Moto3, FP2: 1:15 p.m. – 1:55 p.m. reside on Canal + Sport / Auvio (Belgium)
MotoGP, FP2: 2:10 p.m. – 2:55 p.m. reside on Canal + Sport / Auvio (Belgium)
Moto2, FP2: three:10 p.m. – three:50 p.m. reside on Canal + Sport / Auvio (Belgium)
NTC, FP2: four:05 p.m. – four:35 p.m.
MotoE, FP2: four:50 p.m. – 5:20 p.m.
NTC, QP: 5:35 p.m. – 6:05 p.m.
Saturday Could 15th
Moto3, FP3: 9 a.m. – 9.40 a.m. reside on Canal + Sport / Auvio (Belgium)
MotoGP, FP3: 9:55 – 10:40 am reside on Canal + Sport / Auvio (Belgium)
Moto2, FP3: 10:55 – 11:35 am reside on Canal + Sport / Auvio (Belgium)
MotoE, FP3: 11:50 am – 12:20 pm
Moto3, Q1: 12:35 – 12:50 reside on Canal + Sport / Auvio (Belgium)
Moto3, Q2: 1 p.m. – 1.15 p.m. reside on Canal + Sport / Auvio (Belgium)
MotoGP, FP4: 1:30 p.m. – 2 p.m. reside on Canal + Sport / Auvio (Belgium)
MotoGP, Q1: 2:10 p.m. – 2:25 p.m. reside on Canal + Sport / Auvio (Belgium)
MotoGP, Q2: 2:35 p.m. – 2:50 p.m. reside on Canal + Sport / Auvio (Belgium)
Moto2, Q1: three:10 p.m. – three:25 p.m. reside on Canal + Sport / Auvio (Belgium)
Moto2, Q2: three:35 p.m. – three:50 p.m. reside on Canal + Sport / Auvio (Belgium)
MotoE, E-Pole: four:10 p.m. – four:50 p.m.
NTC, Race 1 (15 laps): 5:15 p.m.
Sunday Could 16
Moto3, WUP: eight:20 a.m. – eight:40 a.m. reside on Canal + / Auvio (Belgium)
Moto2, WUP: eight:50 – 9:10 am reside on Canal + / Auvio (Belgium)
MotoGP, WUP: 9:20 a.m. – 9:40 a.m. reside on Canal + / Auvio (Belgium)
MotoE, Race (eight laps): 10:05 am reside on Canal + / Auvio (Belgium)
Moto3, Race (22 laps): 11h reside on Canal + / Tipik, Auvio (Belgium)
Moto2, Race (25 laps): 12:20 pm reside on Canal + / Tipik, Auvio (Belgium)
MotoGP, Race (27 laps): 2 p.m. reside on Canal +, C8 / Tipik, Auvio (Belgium)
NTC, Race 2 (15 laps): three:30 p.m.
Championship earlier than the French GP: 1. Bagnaia 66 pts, Quartararo 64 (-2), three. Viñales 50 (-16), four. Mir 49 (-17), 5. Zarco 48 (-18)… Full rating right here