Marquez relishing the ‘many variables’ of Le Mans

Published: 04 May 2016

Marc Marquez says he’s relishing the ‘many variables’ that Le Mans can throw at a racer, as he prepares for this weekend’s French round of the 2016 MotoGP season at the famous track.

And with a combination of hit or miss weather at the famously damp track combined with the nature of the circuit working against the supposed faults of the 2016 Honda RCV213, it’s all to play for for the double world champion.

“I like the Le Mans track although it requires that you be ready to deal with many variables. To begin with, the weather: you never know what it will do there. Last year the temperature rose significantly on Sunday and we suffered a lot with front grip in the race. Rain also isn’t unusual there.

“In addition, the track has a stop-and-go layout, with many slow turns where braking and acceleration are crucial. We’ll see if we find ourselves in a situation similar to Austin, where acceleration out of slow corners was a lot better than expected, or if we have to face a bigger challenge.

“During the last test in Jerez, we worked a lot on electronics and the chassis setting to find more grip, and on the balance of the bike to reduce wheelying. It’s always a compromise but I think we’ve gathered useful info for Le Mans and, knowing how far we’ve come since this winter and how quickly we’ve been able to react to many situations, I feel confident and look forward to starting the next racing weekend.”