All you need to know as MotoGP heads to Le Mans for the French Grand Prix
MOTOGP heads to France this weekend for the fifth race of the season.
Fans’ favourite Valentino Rossi will look to extend his lead over the Spanish trio of Marc Marquez, Maverick Vinales and Dani Pedrosa despite having yet to win a race.
Here is everything you need to know about the French Grand Prix.
When is the French Grand Prix?
The French Grand Prix will start at 1pm on Sunday, May 21.
Friday practice will take place at 8.55am and 1.05pm.
A further practice follows on Saturday at 8.55am with qualifying at 1.10pm.
Where will the French Grand Prix take place?
MotoGP heads to the legendary Le Mans circuit for the French Grand Prix.
Le Mans is most famous for the 24-hour endurance sportscar race which will follow in a month’s time.
But all the focus in the city this weekend will be on motor racing of the two-wheel variety.
What TV channel is the French Grand Prix on?
All MotoGP races this year will be covered on BT Sport.
The entire race weekend will be shown live from Le Mans on BT Sport 2.
Moto 3 and Moto 2 will be shown on the same channel with race coverage starting at 9.30am and 11.15am respectively.
Who are the frontrunners for the MotoGP World Championship?
Seven-time champion Valentino Rossi leads the standings as he bids to win his first title since 2009.
The Italian heads the pack on 62 points despite not winning any of the first four races.
In second place is Maverick Vinales on 60 points. He won the opening two races but crashed out in the United States and could only finish 6th in Spain.
Just two points behind Vinales is in-form Honda driver Marc Marquez, who is back in contention after a win in Houston and second place in Jerez.
And Dani Pedrosa put himself back in the running with victory in the Spanish Grand Prix.
With such a wide variety of race winners it is shaping up not only to be the most exciting Riders’ Championship in years, but also the most exciting battle between the main two teams.
First and second placed Rossi and Vinales both ride for Yamaha, while world champion Marquez, and Dani Pedrosa ride for Honda.
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