For the 22nd successive year, the MotoGP circus returns to Le Mans for the SHARK Grand Prix de France. Just like last season’s French GP, we’re set for another wet weekend.
In 2020, Danilo Petrucci took first ahead of the Repsol Honda Team duo Alex Marquez and Pol Espargaro; as we head into the weekend, the Ducatis are once again the ones to watch.
Looking into the weekend, the Ducati Lenovo Team pair are the strongest. With Jack Miller riding high from his Jerez victory, and Francesco Bagnaia currently the world championship leader, the men in red could be the biggest threat come Sunday. Prior to Jerez, Miller’s previous victory in Assen 2016 was one in wet conditions also, so it will be interesting to see how the Aussie could fare this Sunday.
Despite the heartbreak at the Spanish GP, home hero Fabio Quartararo appears positive heading into the weekend, after undergoing arm pump surgery during the two-week break. However, the Frenchman is yet to experience a flag-to-flag race in the championship – something that could very-well occur this weekend, should the forecast remain wet – and so is hoping for blue skies come race day.
Fellow Frenchman Johann Zarco will be hoping for a strong result this weekend. The Pramac Racing rider has achieved Top 10 results in every race he has completed so far this season, and will aim for yet another decent finish.
Another rider looking to continue their form following Jerez is Takaaki Nakagami, who achieved P4 last time out. With the fighting form of 2020 looking to have returned, the LCR Honda Idemitsu man will be yet another one to watch this weekend.
With Le Mans looking to be the first wet race of 2021, who will brave the storm to come out on top?
Free Practice 1 will begin tomorrow at 09:55 Local Time (GMT +2).
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