2020 MotoGP French Grand Prix Preview

This weekend all four MotoGP categories are due to be in action at Le Mans for the French Grand Prix.

MotoE

The weekend is due to see MotoE complete its 2020 season with two races at Le Mans. Matteo Ferrari leads the championship having finished on the podium in four of the five races contested so far this season. The Italian has a four point gap to nearest rival Dominique Aegerter whose podium finishing streak came to an end at the second Emilia Romagna race.

Third in the championship is Jordi Torres who is three points behind Aegerter and seven behind Ferrari. The Spaniard has finished on the podium in three of the five races contested in MotoE in 2020 with the other two finishes being inside the top six. Torres has an eight point advantage over fourth placed Mattia Casadei.

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There is then a 28 point gap between Casadei and fifth placed Eric Granado who, outside of the top two in the championship, is the only other rider to win a race this season. The Brazilian has a one point advantage over Niccolo Canepa in sixth.

There are seven riders who enter the weekend with a mathematical chance of claiming the 2020 MotoE championship. However it is likely that it will be between the top four in the championship as Granado, Canepa and Xavier Simeon require a flawless weekend as well as incredible misfortune to those above them if they wish to claim the 2020 title.

Moto3

Ai Ogura enters the weekend leading the Moto3 championship, this despite having yet to win a Grand Prix in Moto3. The Japanese rider has a three point advantage over second placed Albert Arenas who failed to finish last time out in Montmelo, the Spaniard third non score of the season.

John McPhee is third in the championship and finds himself 21 points behind Arenas going into this weekend having failed to finish last time out, his third retirement of the season. He has a three point advantage over fourth placed Tony Arbolino who claimed his third podium finish of the season at the Catalan Grand Prix.

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Jeremy Alcoba is the highest placed rookie in thirteenth, although he failed to finish inside the points last time out. The Spaniard is 11 points behind twelfth placed Romano Fenati, who followed up his Emilia Romagna victory with sixth at Montmelo. Alcoba has a 10 point advantage over fourteenth placed Andrea Migno who also failed to score points last time out.

A word on Darryn Binder who finally claimed his first race victory in the Moto3 class. The South African enters the weekend tenth in the championship two points behind Raul Fernandez in ninth and with a two point advantage over Dennis Foggia in eleventh.

Moto2

Luca Marini heads the championship in Moto2 by 20 points from Enea Bastianini. Marini goes into the weekend off the back of winning last time out while Bastianini finished sixth. Third in the championship is Marco Bezzecchi who is 16 points behind Bastianini after the VR46 rider finished seventh at the Catalan Grand Prix.

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Sam Lowes goes to Le Mans fourth in the championship, 11 points behind Bezzecchi, after the Briton claimed his third podium finish of the season last time out. He has a 24 point advantage over Jorge Martin who returned to racing in Montmelo after being forced to sit out the last two races having tested positive for COVID.

The highest classified rookie is Aron Canet in seventh who finished eighth last time out, his seventh finish inside the top ten in 2020. The Spaniard is 11 points behind Tetsuta Nagashima in sixth and two points ahead of Xavi Vierge.

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Fabio Quartararo leads the championship going into his home event and also enters the weekend off the back of his third victory of the season. He has an eight point advantage over nearest rival Joan Mir who claimed his third consecutive podium in Montmelo, his fourth of the season.

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Maverick Vinales is third in the championship, 10 points behind Mir, after the factory Yamaha rider followed up his victory at the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix with ninth last time out. Vinales has a six point advantage over fourth placed Andrea Dovizioso who failed to finish last time out after being involved in a crash with Johann Zarco.

The highest placed rookie is Brad Binder who enters the Grand Prix weekend tenth in the championship. The South African is two points behind Alex Rins in eighth, one point behind Miguel Oliveira in ninth and is level on points with Valentino Rossi, while also having a one point advantage over teammate Pol Espargaro who is twelfth in the championship.

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