The world famous Le Mans stages the SHARK Helmets Grand Prix de France on Sunday 19 May, a venue that is known around the world for its high-speed, endurance racing on both two and four wheels. Located five kilometres south of the city of Le Mans, the track is tight and dominated by first gear corners that place the emphasis on braking late and accelerating hard. It has been a permanent fixture on the MotoGP calendar since 2000, attracting crowds of 100,000 each year.
See the most up-to-date analysis and MotoGP betting tips below, and pick your winner for the French Grand Prix 2019.
Previous MotoGP France Results
Marc Marquez secured a second victory at Le Mans last year on his way to a third successive world title. That was his first win at the famous track since 2014, having failed to make the podium in the years between.
Alex Rins, currently second in the world standings, finished his first MotoGP attempt at Le Mans down in 10th place last year, but he has shown he is learning from every race in only his second season at this level.
Andrea Dovizioso, who is third in the title race, has made the podium twice at Le Mans, but you have to go back to 2011 for his best result, when he finished second, a year after finishing third. His next best result was fourth place in 2017 but he failed to finish the race last year.
Since 2010, Valentino Rossi has only failed to make the podium twice at Le Mans, in 2013 and 2017, but he has failed to win in any of the other seasons. Incredibly, he finished runner-up three years in a row between 2014 and 2016, and was third last year.
Previous winners in recent years have also included Maverick Vinales in 2017, Jorge Lorenzo in 2012, 2015 and 2016, and Dani Pedrosa in 2013.
Top Betting Tips for MotoGP France 2019
Marc Marquez was back to his best in Spain last time out, and having won in Le Mans last season, he is the man to beat again. Odds of 4/5 aren’t too ungenerous but that win in 2018 was his success first in three attempts in France so success is certainly not guaranteed.
Valentino Rossi has an excellent record of making the podium at Le Mans, so he is a good each-way chance of making the top three again at odds of 11/2. Alex Rins is one of the most in-form riders in MotoGP at the moment, so he looks a very tempting 14/1 each-way chance, despite a midfield finish in his first race at Le Mans last year.