The Grand Motorcycle Parade featuring local French heroes Fabio Quartararo and Johann Zarco on their MotoGP bikes from the center of Le Mans to Circuit Bugatti kicked off the 2023 French GP.
The French GP parade, led by Fabio Quartararo (Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP™) and Johann Zarco (Prima Pramac Racing), started from the Place du Jet d’Eau at 15:20 local time, where hundreds of motorcyclists gathered to celebrate the race that historical. 1000th Grand Prix.
Escorted by police and many fans along the way, the convoy, led by Yamaha star Fabio Quartararo and Pramac-Ducati ace Johann Zarco, arrived at Circuit Bugatti on Wednesday afternoon.
Finally, a large group of riders was allowed to complete the circuit, which is the location of the 1000th Grand Prix in the history of the World Championship this weekend.
One of the highlights of the event was undoubtedly the photo opportunity on the main live. All fans in attendance had the opportunity to take pictures with local heroes Quartararo and Zarco, creating an incredible memory and memory that will last a lifetime.
French fans, who guarantee good weather year after year (last year a total of 225,000 spectators flocked to the circuit), naturally hope that the local hero will succeed.
By the way, there have already been five French victories at Le Mans: Jean Auréal (125cc 1969), Guy Bertin (125cc 1979), Patrick Fernandez (350cc 1979), Mike Di Meglio (125cc 2008) and Louis Rossi (Moto3 2011). There is no victory in modern MotoGP.
The only French victory in the “big division” was achieved by Pierre Monneret in 1954.
After all, Zarco was second at Le Mans in 2017 and 2021, while Quartararo was third at Circuit Bugatti from the 2021 world championship season. Christian Sarron (third 1987) and Raymond Roche (second 1985) they had also previously entered. first division stage in front of their home crowd.
Side note: Of the 21 MotoGP races at Le Mans so far, eleven have been at least partially rained out. According to the current weather forecast, this situation may continue this year.
Join the homegrown heroes @FabioQ20 and @JohannZarco1 while planting their crops #MotoGP bike from Le Mans city to the Bugatti Circuit logo followed by a convoy of French cyclists! 🏍️ #FrenchGP 🇫🇷 #GP1000
– MotoGP™🏁 (@MotoGP) May 10, 2023
Quand le #FrenchGP get to town… 💥
1000 motorcycle menés par @FabioQ20 and @JohannZarco1 ont fait la traversée du center-ville du Mans jusqu’à la ligne d’arrivée du circuit Bugatti 🥰🇫🇷#GP1000 pic.twitter.com/kJhBDddgcZ
— CANAL+ MotoGP™ (@CanalplusMotoGP) May 10, 2023