MotoGP: a flawless weekend for Viñales at Le Mans

Maverick Viñales (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP) produced a grand-slam performance at the HJC Helmets Grand Prix de France, round five of the 2017 MotoGPTM World Championship. The Spaniard added pole position and fastest race lap to his third win of the season. Second and third were local star Johann Zarco (Monster Yamaha Tech3) and Dani Pedrosa (Repsol Honda Team). 


MotoGP: next stop Le Mans, France

Round five of the 2017 MotoGPTM World Championship, and the second to take place on European soil, is this weekend’s HJC Helmets Grand Prix de France at Le Mans-Bugatti. 


MotoGP: next stop Argentina

After the season’s opener in Qatar, the MotoGPTM teams and riders are in Argentina this weekend for Round 2 of the 2017 world championship at Termas de Río Hondo.

This is MotoGP’s fourth visit to the Argentine venue and Maverick Viñales (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP) will be keen to build on his strong start to the campaign by following up his Qatar win with another in South America.

The race’s 2015 victor Valentino Rossi (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP), who came third in this year’s first clash, is hunting his 350th grand prix success, while two-time Argentine GP winner Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda Team / 2014 and 2016) has his sights set on a third victory after coming fourth in Qatar.

Ducati’s Andrea Dovizioso and Jorge Lorenzo are also likely to challenge for podium honours, especially as the circuit appears to suit the Desmosedici. After a difficult start to the 2017 campaign, Lorenzo will be hoping to reap the benefit of his test last week at Jerez, Spain, to figure in the top three.

Andrea Iannone (Team Suzuki Ecstar) could spring a surprise at Termas de Río Hondo. Despite a small error in Qatar, the Italian clearly had the pace to match his rivals. His team-mate Álex Rins (Team Suzuki Ecstar) was the best rookie in the opening race but has since suffered an ankle injury while fitness training .

Johann Zarco (Monster Yamaha Tech3), who led in Qatar before falling on Lap 6, will also be hoping for a top result in Argentina.

On the tyre front, soft, medium and hard versions of the front and rear MICHELIN Power Slicks will be available. The two former options will feature an asymmetric construction with a reinforced right shoulder, while the hard tyre is symmetrical. The MICHELIN Power Rain (soft and medium) will come out if the rain expected for Saturday and Sunday makes an appearance.

Free practice starts at 9:55am local time (GMT-3) on Friday, April 7.

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