Motorcyclists don’t stop organising races. The French MotoGP Grand Prix is one of those motorbike competitions organised for the world motorbike championships. Several participants from all over the world take part. Motorcyclists are not the only ones interested in this event. Spectators also attend the race.
History of the MotoGP French Grand Prix
Different circuits have marked the Grand Prix throughout its history. It all began between 1959 and 1967. It was the Charade circuit (Puy-de-Dome) that existed during this period. Then, it is the circuit of Le Mans which took over since 1969. Afterwards, Paul Ricard du Castelet circuit was used in 1973. In 1978, Paul Armagnac circuit in Nogaro was explored. It is the same track that was used in 1982. Nevers Magny-Cours circuit was the next to host the race in 1992. In 1991, there were two World Championship Grand Prix held in the same year. The first took place on 21 July on Paul Ricard circuit and the second appeared on 8 September on Le Mans circuit. Since 2000, the event has been held on Le Mans circuit.
How does a French MotoGP Grand Prix take place?
The French MotoGP Grand Prix is an event not to be missed as the race is contested between the best riders in the world. In general, the competition takes place between March and November. The race is considered a world championship. The competition takes place over three days, from Friday to Sunday, which is usually the day of the race. On Friday, free practice sessions are held. On Saturday, qualifying starts for the first session called “Q1”. All riders participate to be classified starting from the eleventh place. The race runs for fifteen minutes. The first two riders will have the opportunity to join the top ten who were the best in free practice for the “Q2” session. Indeed, twelve drivers are grouped together at the end to take part in the big day. On Sunday, the final race takes place in the afternoon.
The rules during the French MotoGP Grand Prix
Each participant must have a team behind him to take care of the bike, especially the mechanics. All machines used are prototypes. The mechanics of the motorbikes used during the race must be directly involved in their design and to take part in the management of the team. At the start, the riders must arrange themselves in three rows. The order of the starting grid follows the ranking in the qualifying rounds. The driver who has managed to complete the fastest lap has the privilege of starting in the first position. The number of laps depends on the length of the circuit. The race lasts 45 minutes. It is forbidden to make technical interventions during pit stops, except for a change of weather driving.