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The Le Mans circuit is has one of the longest traditions hosting MotoGP on the race schedule. The circuit lies 5km south of city of Le Mans and 200km south-west of the French capital, Paris.
The circuit was opened in 1966 and was built around Circuit de la Sarthe, the existing 24-Hour track. Le Mans was first used for a Grand Prix event in 1969, when the 500 race was won by Giacomo Agostini, who lapped all other riders on his MV Agusta. 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. In 2008 The Le Mans Bugatti circuit underwent modifications to the track we know today.
Since the introduction of four-stroke MotoGP in 2002, the most successful Le Mans winners have been Honda with six wins closely followed by Yamaha with five and Suzuki with one. Le Mans has been a successful circuit for Jorge Lorenzo who has swooped victories on five occasions.
The Le Mans Circuit also hosts the 24 Hours of Le Mans motorcycle race, 24 Hour truck race, FIA GP2 Championship, French Touring Car and GT races.