Having reached the podium in three straight races, Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP are looking to extend their run of strong results at the Le Mans Bugatti Grand Prix Circuit, a track well-suited to the Yamaha YZR-M1.
Valentino Rossi has collected a long list of podium finishes at the Grand Prix of France, reaching the rostrum 13 times in the premier class. The Doctor has been on the podium four times in the past five years and has tallied three victories, six runners-up and four third-place finishes in his career.
“Le Mans is a track that I like a lot, and our Yamaha is usually competitive there,” said Rossi, who has a pair of second-place finishes so far in 2019 and sits fourth in the rider standings. “The goal is to have a good weekend, work well from FP1 onwards, and be fast from the first day. We had a good race pace last year, so we want to start working from there. I’m hoping for good weather to work in throughout the weekend, so we can show our full potential. I want to get back on the podium, and we will do our best with the team.”
Maverick Viñales, who won at Le Mans in 2017, will be looking to build off his best result of the season last time out at the Spanish Grand Prix.
“Getting a third place in Jerez was a good confidence boost, for sure, so I‘m feeling positive,” Viñales said. “Le Mans is a circuit that I really like and it‘s also the track where I scored some of the best results of my career. So, to me, that‘s a track to be back at the top. I really like going there. I just hope that the weather will help us a little because, if not, Le Mans is a really tough track. In Austin we were quite fast in the wet, so we have to see. I‘m curious to see what we can do there.”