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The Le Mans circuit has a long and proud history in motor sport, more famously for 4 wheel racing, but the French circuit is a fan and rider favourite when it comes to MotoGP, with the capacity to accommodate 100,000 attendees. The circuit lies 5km south of city of Le Mans and 200km south-west of the French capital or Paris, proving accessible and popular for travelling fans.
The circuit was opened in 1966 and was built around Circuit de la Sarthe, the existing 24-Hour track and was first used for a Grand Prix event in 1969, when the 500 race was won by Giacomo Agostini. Since its opening, Le Mans has hosted 26 Grand Prix events including the Grand Prix ‘Vitesse du Mans' in 1991. After 1995 the circuit was struck off the calendar after a serious accident involving Alberto Puig. The circuit was returned to the calendar in 2000 after safety improvements were completed. The current Le Mans Bugatti Circuit consists of 14 turns; 5 left corners and 9 right corners with the longest straight measuring 0.674 km.
Frenchman Johann Zarco will be looking to impress with his new team Red Bull KTM Factory Racing while fellow countryman Fabio Quartararo will be racing for Petronas Sprinta Yamaha Racing in their debut season. Marc Marquez stormed to victory in 2018 and will be hoping to keep new teammate Jorge Lorenzo at bay, who has finished first on five occasions at Le Mans.