French GP, Le Mans: Saxoprint RTG preview

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The fifth race of the season will be held in France this weekend. Le Mans is one of the most famous race circuits of the world.

The legendary “24 hours of Le Mans” have been staged here since 1923. The main characteristics of the circuit are the narrow section with many corners. Hard braking and sharp acceleration are a must.

The track is 4185 meters long and contains 6 right- and 4 left-hand corners. The riders race clockwise.

After the chicane you race through three hairpin corners, La Chapelle, Virage de Musée und Garage Vert, which one by one get tighter and slower. In the later parts of the track there are a couple of fast corners before another 2nd-gear right-hand corner leading onto the finish straight.

The grip is generally very good but due to its layout the circuit will please high-speed fans only partially.

The RTG squad looks back fondly to two years ago, when their rider at the time, French rider Luis Rossi, achieved the team’s first win. The team is hopeful that their current riders can repeat this success.

John McPhee
“Le Mans is a circuit that I really enjoyed last season, so with the new Honda I’m really excited to get going! I hope I can change my way a little and aim for a good result.”

Source: RTG