In the opening four races of the season, Marc Márquez has earned two victories and one second place, putting him top of the overall standings with a 12 point lead over nearest rival Johann Zarco.
Following the Spanish GP, Márquez and Dani Pedrosa took part in two tests: An official test at Jerez, and private test at Mugello in Italy.
The Repsol Honda duo are the riders with the most poles at Le Mans, with six for Pedrosa and five for Márquez. The former took two in 250cc and four in MotoGP, whilst his teammate has one in 125cc, one in Moto2 and three in MotoGP.
"Le Mans is a track where we’ll have to work hard and do our best to try and keep the good momentum. In the past, we’ve been able to win or get on the podium there on some occasions, and other times we’ve struggled to get on pace, but as I always say, every season is different. Of course there will be question marks about the weather, the tyres, and the setup, but our mentality and approach will be the same as always: positive. This year we’re already at a good level as we head to France, so we’ll see how the weekend goes. We’ll try to start well beginning on Friday and then fight for the podium on Sunday."
"I’m happy with the work we did with the team during the days of testing after the last round; it gives me confidence and makes me look forward to the next race. The French GP always presents many challenges, starting with the weather, which can be quite unpredictable. The temperature may be low, which can cause challenges with the tyres. We’ll try to keep our focus and have a good race."