May 14, 2013
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From a press release
issued by Repsol Honda
FIM MotoGP World Championship: Marc Marquez (93) in action on his Repsol Honda.
Repsol Honda Team head to Le Mans leading the Championship
After the fantastic 1-2 result in Jerez just over a week ago, Honda has now won 12 out of the last 15 races and Repsol Honda's Dani Pedrosa and Marc Marquez will be hoping for another solid weekend in Le Mans.
Built in 1965 around the existing 24-Hour track, the Le Mans Bugatti Grand Prix race circuit lies 5km south of the city of Le Mans and 200km south-west of Paris. It is a tight track dominated by first gear corners that place the emphasis on late braking and hard acceleration, whilst rear end traction is also a key area.
Dani has finished on the podium 6 times in Le Mans, with three victories in the lower classes - 2003 in 125cc, 2004 and 2005 in 250cc, but success in the MotoGP class eludes him. Marc has had mixed results at this circuit but took a podium in 2010 (125cc) and a victory in 2011 (Moto2). This is a new track for Marc to learn on the bigger 1000cc MotoGP machines.
Marc Marquez Championship Standing: 1st - 61 points
"We go to Le Mans and again we arrive there starting from zero, as I haven't done any tests there. I'll do my best and I'll try to make the most of the situation. I hope it doesn't rain so we can prepare the bike on a dry track, this is very important to find the right set up. I'm very happy at the moment but we have to keep our feet on the ground as the coming circuits are new for me in MotoGP. A huge part of our success in this first part of the season is down to the help that Honda and the team have given me and it had helped my riding a lot"
Dani Pedrosa Championship Standing: 2nd - 58 points
"After a fantastic weekend in Jerez and a productive test on the Monday, I'm looking forward to going to Le Mans. I had good results in the past and I enjoy the circuit, so I'm hoping that the bike works well there. Practice management in Le Mans can sometimes be difficult and complicated due to the weather but I'm finding my comfort again on the bike and I'm working well with the team. I will go to France and aim to use all of my experience and remain focused for the whole weekend"