MotoGP. French Grand Prix: circuit, schedules, television broadcast … The complete program. Sport

As every year since the 2000 season, the Bugatti Le Mans circuit hosts this weekend the French Moto Grand Prix, where the seventh test of the Moto GP World Championship will take place.

Since his return to Europe, the Frenchman Fabio Quartararo seems to have regained the regularity at the forefront in circuits that he himself considered opportunities not to be missed, for this season where he will have to fight in a straight line with a machine less powerful.

Finally, a French victory at Le Mans in the queen category?

Winner in Portugal, second fifteen days ago in the Spanish Grand Prix behind Francesco Bagnaia, the reigning champion finally arrives as the leader of the championship of his national Grand Prix, determined to resonate the Marseille in the queen category, which does not has gone down in the history of the world speed championship since Jacques Collot ‘s victory at Pau in 1958.

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As a second chance, logically there will be his compatriot Johann Zarco, climbing the podium last year and a little behind since the start of the season, who could take advantage of the round of Le Mans to regain first places, and for what not finally. win your first victory?

And as rivals, who should they wait for? If Francesco Bagnaia’s victory in Jerez could revive the machine he had surprised by its regularity at the end of last season, no surprises can be ruled out, as the start of the championship is open.

The Bugatti circuit of the French Grand Prix

Number of laps for the race: 27

More victories: Jorge Lorenzo (5)

More pole positions: Marc Márquez (4)

Lap record – tests: 1’31”185 (Johann Zarco in 2018)

Lap record – race: 1’32”309 (Maverick Viñales in 2017)

The layout of the Bugatti circuit for the French MotoGP Grand Prix. 1-2: Corba Dunlop, 3-4: Xicana Dunlop, 5-6: Corba La Chapelle, 7: Corba Museum, 8: Garage Vert, 9-10: Chemin aux Bœufs, 11-12: Essses bends Blues, 13- 14: connection lathe. © Infographics: Olivier Bernard

The Bugatti circuit, due to its antiquity, is one of these routes “Old school”, with a narrow track and quite technical. It has a few straight lines but never long. It is also between the bends of the Garage Vert and the Chemin aux Bœufs where is the longest straight, only 674 meters, which hardly rests.

“It’s a pretty small circuit, pretty technical, but with an extremely fast curve that’s the first bend of the Dunlop curve, which we get into very, very strong and that’s impressive.”describes Louis Rossi, former Sarthe rider and last French winner at Le Mans, during the 2012 French Grand Prix in the Moto3 category.

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“There are a lot of chicanes, a few bumps, which makes it a super nice track to roll on, where braking and cornering are an important point, and where you can make a difference.”decipher.

A route generally appreciated by drivers, the Bugatti circuit also offers several possibilities for overtaking, “Whether in the first part, when braking in the Garage Vert, when braking in the Chemin aux Bœufs, at the entrance of Esses Bleus … There is always a lot of spectacle”values ​​Louis Rossi.

The television program of the French Grand Prix

Friday, May 13, 2022

Free practice 1 – Canal + Sport: 9:45 h.

Free training 2 – Canal + Sport: 2 p.m.

Saturday, May 14, 2022

Free training 3 – Canal + Sport: 9:45 h.

Free training 4 – Canal + Sport: 13.20 h.

Qualifications – Canal +: 14:04 (also to follow ouest-france.fr)

Sunday, May 15, 2022

Warm-up – Canal +: 9:35 h.

Race – Canal + and C8: 2 pm (also to follow ouest-france.fr)

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