Longueur: 4.180 m. / 2,597 miles
Virages à gauche: 4
Virages à droite: 9
Ligne droite: 674 m. / 0,419 miles
Bien sûr, la catégorie est sous l'annonce du retrait de Stoner
en fin d'année!
Le jeu des chaises musicales va se mettre en place et il est probable que cela va accélérer l'arrivée de Marc Marquez au plus niveau, probablement dans un faux-vrai team d'usine...Gresini
abandonne ses châssis Moriwaki pour se tourner vers Suter. Les cadres japonais sont les seuls qui étaient visiblement en difficulté depuis les essais hivernaux. Le choix du constructeur suisse reste néanmoins osé car cela continue à broncher chez ses clients habituels (hormis Monlau)...
- Retour d'un (antique) châssis Bimota
pour (l'antique) pilote Angel Rodriguez...
- Pas de Wild Card français depuis bien longtemps! La faute aux Moto3
, encore très coûteuses, une fois équipées de leur kit et de leur ECU réglementaires... Seul Kevin Hanus
sera présent, comme au Portugal.
- ZF Grand-Prix
(Zarco-Fellon) donnera un sérieux coup de main à Louis Rossi
et Alexis Masbou
dès le prochain Grand Prix de Catalogne, où Laurent Fellon viendra épauler nos deux pilotes pour le reste de la saison. Ce qui sous entend que Laurent va aussi entrainer physiquement et mentalement Louis et Alexis comme il le fait depuis plusieurs saisons avec succès avec Johann Zarco, tout cela comme toujours avec le soutien du sponsor Michel Rey.
- World Wide Race abandonne l'Oral à cadre Aprilia
pour des Suter Honda
- Niccolò Antonelli, au contraire troque sa NFS contre une FTR
- Jack Miller
, Niklas Ajo
et Jonas Folger
font leur retour en piste.
Bridgestone slick compounds available: Front: Soft, Medium. Rear: Soft, Medium (Asymmetric).
Bridgestone wet tyre compounds available: Soft (Main), Hard (Alternative).
MotoGP™ heads to the sacred motorsport arena of Le Mans this weekend with the 4.185 kilometre Bugatti circuit playing host to the fourth round of the 2012 season.
The layout of the Le Mans Bugatti circuit features many slow corners connected by a series of straight sections and the second half of the circuit comprises mainly right-hand turns that require the provision of asymmetric rear slicks. The dynamic forces placed on tyres at Le Mans are the least severe of any circuit on the calendar and as cool conditions are often encountered, Bridgestone will bring its soft and medium compound front slicks. At the rear, the soft asymmetric rear slick - featuring Bridgestone’s extra-soft rubber on the left shoulder and soft compound rubber on the right - makes its first appearance in 2012 and will be offered alongside the medium compound rear slick. To ensure adequate tyre warm-up in wet conditions, the main wet tyre for Le Mans will be the soft compound option.
Perhaps owing to its stop-and-go layout and susceptibility to unsettled weather, Le Mans has a reputation of delivering exciting racing and for the previous six years only one rider starting on pole position for the French GP has gone on to win the race; Repsol Honda’s Casey Stoner in 2011.
Hiroshi Yamada - Manager, Bridgestone Motorsport Department
“Le Mans is a special place to visit with the large crowds and history of the venue combining to create a unique atmosphere and over the years the French GP has provided some very challenging races due to the poor weather conditions encountered at this time of year. Once again this weekend we will provide two of the new specification front slick tyre to each rider which at Le Mans will be available in the medium compound.
“I am happy to hear that the surgery on Colin Edwards’ collarbone was a success and I hope to see him back in action soon. I would also like to welcome back Chris Vermeulen to the paddock as Bridgestone and Chris share some great memories together in MotoGP, particularly his victory at this circuit in 2007.”
Shinji Aoki - Manager, Bridgestone Motorsport Tyre Development Department
“Due to its layout and usually low track temperatures, Le Mans is a race where softer compound tyres are required to generate the necessary levels of grip. The circuit has quite a stop-and-go nature with a series of slow corners punctuated with two straights and though lateral loads placed on the tyres are relatively low compared to other circuits, the tyres provided need to offer good stability under braking, particularly at the end of the straight sections.
“The second half of the lap is mainly right-hand turns, causing an imbalance in the temperatures generated across the tyre and so asymmetric rear tyres with comparatively harder rubber on the right shoulder are provided at Le Mans. The weather at this circuit is also very unstable and can have a significant impact upon bike settings and tyre choice.”
Dunlop’s Moto2 tyres head to the world renowned motorsport location of Le Mans where they will be put through their paces underneath the iconic Dunlop Bridge for the fourth round of the of the Moto2 World Championship – the Monster Energy Grand Prix de France – on May 4-6.
Le Mans Zest
The inland location, 200km south-west of Paris, has provided a wide range of different weather conditions in past seasons, so Dunlop’s tyres could encounter almost anything from cold to hot, wet to dry. The 4.18km Le Mans Bugatti race circuit is all about braking and traction demands, with numerous slow speed corners requiring heaving braking in their approach, and then hard acceleration on their exit.
Dunlop will bring the tyres from the Group A ‘Baseline’ range, the 3757 soft and 3854 soft rear compounds. The 3757 was initially introduced as the high ambient tyre in late 2010 but has since, has proven itself more durable in cooler conditions on less aggressive circuit surfaces. The 3854 offers a similarly wide range of qualities. These rear tyres are allied to the 717 and 302 fronts, resplendent in their latest profile.
Dunlop’s Moto2 Operations Manager, Clinton Howe:
“Le Mans has a very low grip surface and it’s a very flat circuit. It’s not only the straights which are flat, as the corners don’t feature much positive camber which normally assists with cornering speeds. If the weather is cool – as we have experienced there in the past – there can be a reasonable amount of abrasion from the track surface. However we have seen surprisingly hot events too. As it’s spring time at Le Mans, it is very difficult to predict the weather, but we hope we can account for a wide range of possibilities. If it does rain, our wet compound has worked very well so far this season, but with Le Mans the circuit surface is more slippery than most when wet and it has very slow drainage, meaning there can be a lot of standing water.
“At Estoril it was nice to see the improved Moto2 lap times at the third round. Taking 36 seconds off 2011’s race time is a good sign that our continued improvement in development for this class is working. I would like to think that the reduced times had something to do with the new profile front and the latest ATR05 rear tyre construction which were not available for Estoril in 2011.
“For Le Mans I hope that the new profile front and slightly stronger softer front compound option with the latest ATR05 rear tyre construction will again reduce the lap times. Weather permitting of cause…”
Moto2: Johann Zarco, JIR Moto2, Motobi:
“Le Mans is a great circuit and I like riding there. Although I am French, it was not until 2009 that I first raced there as I started my career in Italy and the rest of Europe. The weather can be a challenge at Le Mans as it can vary quite a lot. If it is wet the circuit can be very slippery, however Dunlop’s wet tyres are very good in these situations. If it’s dry it can be difficult to decide which is the best tyre choice. The softer tyres don’t slide as much but they might not last as long as the harder tyres. There are some parts of the track where you need a strong front tyre because of the braking demands, such as into turn six, which is where a harder tyre is better. For me, it’s a great feeling riding under the Dunlop Bridge as the corner afterwards is blind and you’re approaching it under full throttle. You need confidence in your tyres when you do this, and Dunlop’s Moto2 tyres do give you good confidence.”
Moto2 Tyre Allocation Le Mans
Front Moto2 slicks per rider
4 x 302
4 x 717
Rear Moto2 slicks per rider
4 x 3757 (ATR05)
5 x 3854 (ATR05)
Wet Moto2 tyres per rider
3 x Front 125/80R17 KR191 414 (4 tyres allocated if all practice sessions are wet).
3 x Rear 190/55R17 KR393 414 (4 tyres allocated if all practices are wet).