23 May MotoGP: Le Mans – 19.05.19
MotoGP, Le Mans: Wet weather but joy for some riders!
A weekend at Le Mans, significantly impacted by the rain. Some riders forced into strategic choices, while others were just giving it their all to combat the weather.
Well done to Danilo Petrucci, who despite the conditions, picked up a podium finish, his first of which since the same round in 2018. He finished just 0.158 seconds behind team 2nd place team-mate Dovizioso, looking good for Petrucci going into Mugello.
Tougher race for Rins, after a highly successful couple of race weekends, but still a top 10 that added to his points total, 2nd overall as of right now. Good races from our guys in Moto2 & Moto3 also, particularly Aaron Canet in the latter, another podium for him.
Even as this race weekend was wrapping up, we had already turned our thoughts to the next round at Mugello, it is our home race after all, easy to be excited for!
We hope to see many Nolan & X-Lite helmets in and around one of the most beautiful circuits in the world! See you there!
Danilo Petrucci THIRD
“It was great race and I’m so happy to finally be back on the podium, exactly one year since the last time I stepped on it. In the past rounds I’ve been quite competitive, but not in qualifying, and this hindered my performance during the race. This time, we managed to start from first row but I made a couple of mistakes in the early laps and lost some ground. At one point I dropped all the way back to sixth, but I tried to stay calm and collected, pushing as hard as I could to close the gap. Towards the end, Andrea and I had a spectacular fight. He was stronger than me under acceleration, while I was able to recover some ground under braking, but I was never close enough to complete the maneuver and it also wouldn’t have made any sense to take huge risks among teammates. The double podium is a great result for the whole team, and now we’ll try to repeat that in Mugello.”
Alex Rins TENTH
“It was a difficult weekend, qualifying went badly with the strategy and everything. Honestly, I was hoping for more out of this weekend. I started today’s race feeling very hopeful but in the end I had to manage some struggles, especially in corner entry and I could only manage 10th place. Those six points are important, especially as it was easy to crash today – we saw many crashes in all three races. There are still a lot of rounds to go, I’m ready for Mugello.”
Enea Bastianini SEVENTH
“I started pretty good and after a few laps I got the right pace. I made a strong comeback finishing 7th. It’s my best result and I can’t wait to get on track at Mugello.”
Aron Canet THIRD
“It was a very difficult race for me, as in the first part the pace was very fast. I stayed in the rear of the group waiting for the final laps. Unfortunately after the fall of T.Suzuki I pushed a lot to recover the gap that he had formed and I happened to make a couple of mistakes. In the end I overtook him on K.Toba and I am sorry, but this is the Moto3 world championship! This podium is very special for Max and for me. My grandfather left us on Tuesday and this Grand Prix was very difficult, because before I went to every race I went to visit him, hugged him and he talked to me. Yesterday then Max’s dad died too. and to Max’s Dad, who gave me the strength not to fall into final overtaking on K. Toba. This victory is also for Max who always thinks of me and gives me the opportunity to stay here.”