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2008 French motorcycle Grand Prix

The 2008 French motorcycle Grand Prix was the fifth round of the 2008 MotoGP Championship. It took place on the weekend of 16–18 May 2008 at the Le Mans Bugatti Circuit. It was also the final all-Yamaha podium until the 2014 Australian motorcycle Grand Prix.

France  2008 French Grand Prix
Race details
Race 5 of 18 races in the
2008 Grand Prix motorcycle racing season
Bugatti Circuit.svg
Date18 May 2008
Official nameAlice Grand Prix de France[1][2][3]
LocationBugatti Circuit
Course
  • Permanent racing facility
  • 4.185 km (2.600 mi)
MotoGP
Pole position
Rider Spain Dani Pedrosa
Time 1:32.647
Fastest lap
Rider Italy Valentino Rossi
Time 1:34.215
Podium
First Italy Valentino Rossi
Second Spain Jorge Lorenzo
Third United States Colin Edwards
250 cc
Pole position
Rider Spain Alex Debón
Time 1:38.478
Fastest lap
Rider Italy Marco Simoncelli
Time 1:39.666
Podium
First Spain Alex Debón
Second Italy Marco Simoncelli
Third Italy Mattia Pasini
125 cc
Pole position
Rider Spain Sergio Gadea
Time 1:43.515
Fastest lap
Rider Spain Pol Espargaró
Time 1:43.918
Podium
First France Mike Di Meglio
Second United Kingdom Bradley Smith
Third Spain Nicolás Terol

MotoGP classificationEdit

Pos. No. Rider Team Manufacturer Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 46   Valentino Rossi Fiat Yamaha Team Yamaha 28 44:30.799 4 25
2 48   Jorge Lorenzo Fiat Yamaha Team Yamaha 28 +4.997 5 20
3 5   Colin Edwards Tech 3 Yamaha Yamaha 28 +6.805 2 16
4 2   Dani Pedrosa Repsol Honda Team Honda 28 +10.157 1 13
5 7   Chris Vermeulen Rizla Suzuki MotoGP Suzuki 28 +21.762 8 11
6 4   Andrea Dovizioso JiR Team Scot MotoGP Honda 28 +22.395 10 10
7 65   Loris Capirossi Rizla Suzuki MotoGP Suzuki 28 +27.806 11 9
8 69   Nicky Hayden Repsol Honda Team Honda 28 +27.995 6 8
9 14   Randy de Puniet LCR Honda MotoGP Honda 28 +29.344 12 7
10 56   Shinya Nakano San Carlo Honda Gresini Honda 28 +30.822 13 6
11 24   Toni Elías Alice Team Ducati 28 +35.154 14 5
12 15   Alex de Angelis San Carlo Honda Gresini Honda 28 +36.216 15 4
13 50   Sylvain Guintoli Alice Team Ducati 28 +52.038 16 3
14 13   Anthony West Kawasaki Racing Team Kawasaki 28 +1:29.307 18 2
15 33   Marco Melandri Ducati Marlboro Team Ducati 27 +1 lap 17 1
16 1   Casey Stoner Ducati Marlboro Team Ducati 26 +2 laps 3
Ret 21   John Hopkins Kawasaki Racing Team Kawasaki 16 Broken Chain 9
Ret 52   James Toseland Tech 3 Yamaha Yamaha 2 Accident 7
Sources: [4][5]

250 cc classificationEdit

Pos. No. Rider Manufacturer Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 6   Alex Debón Aprilia 26 47:27.406 1 25
2 58   Marco Simoncelli Gilera 26 +4.816 3 20
3 75   Mattia Pasini Aprilia 26 +4.998 6 16
4 72   Yuki Takahashi Honda 26 +5.770 12 13
5 36   Mika Kallio KTM 26 +6.197 5 11
6 54   Manuel Poggiali Gilera 26 +6.474 8 10
7 4   Hiroshi Aoyama KTM 26 +14.909 10 9
8 60   Julián Simón KTM 26 +17.526 7 8
9 41   Aleix Espargaró Aprilia 26 +32.925 9 7
10 55   Héctor Faubel Aprilia 26 +36.719 13 6
11 12   Thomas Lüthi Aprilia 26 +48.968 4 5
12 21   Héctor Barberá Aprilia 26 +56.837 11 4
13 15   Roberto Locatelli Gilera 26 +57.827 17 3
14 19   Álvaro Bautista Aprilia 26 +1:05.407 2 2
15 14   Ratthapark Wilairot Honda 26 +1:24.336 16 1
16 25   Alex Baldolini Aprilia 26 +1:24.577 21
17 90   Federico Sandi Aprilia 25 +1 lap 20
18 10   Imre Tóth Aprilia 25 +1 lap 22
19 7   Russell Gómez Aprilia 25 +1 lap 23
Ret 17   Karel Abraham Aprilia 24 Accident 19
Ret 45   Doni Tata Pradita Yamaha 24 Accident 24
Ret 52   Lukáš Pešek Aprilia 21 Retirement 15
Ret 32   Fabrizio Lai Gilera 13 Retirement 14
Ret 50   Eugene Laverty Aprilia 11 Accident 18
DNQ 89   Ho Wan Chow Aprilia Did not qualify
OFFICIAL 250cc REPORT

125 cc classificationEdit

The race was stopped after 14 laps due to rain. It was later restarted for 5 additional laps, with the grid determined by the running order before the suspension. The second part of the race determined the final result.

Pos. No. Rider Manufacturer Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 63   Mike Di Meglio Derbi 5 10:08.574 6 25
2 38   Bradley Smith Aprilia 5 +0.800 2 20
3 18   Nicolás Terol Aprilia 5 +3.077 7 16
4 44   Pol Espargaró Derbi 5 +10.407 10 13
5 29   Andrea Iannone Aprilia 5 +11.697 18 11
6 17   Stefan Bradl Aprilia 5 +11.881 3 10
7 8   Lorenzo Zanetti KTM 5 +16.372 23 9
8 6   Joan Olivé Derbi 5 +16.545 11 8
9 35   Raffaele De Rosa KTM 5 +19.163 17 7
10 34   Randy Krummenacher KTM 5 +22.391 30 6
11 11   Sandro Cortese Aprilia 5 +22.847 5 5
12 30   Pere Tutusaus Aprilia 5 +23.195 29 4
13 24   Simone Corsi Aprilia 5 +23.553 4 3
14 1   Gábor Talmácsi Aprilia 5 +23.695 8 2
15 5   Alexis Masbou Loncin 5 +24.240 19 1
16 73   Takaaki Nakagami Aprilia 5 +26.196 22
17 12   Esteve Rabat KTM 5 +26.411 9
18 19   Roberto Lacalendola Aprilia 5 +26.895 36
19 69   Louis Rossi Honda 5 +27.446 34
20 33   Sergio Gadea Aprilia 5 +31.829 1
21 99   Danny Webb Aprilia 5 +34.810 15
22 95   Robert Mureșan Aprilia 5 +35.190 28
23 77   Dominique Aegerter Derbi 5 +47.840 27
Ret 60   Michael Ranseder Aprilia 4 Retirement 16
Ret 21   Robin Lässer Aprilia 2 Accident 33
Ret 52   Steven Le Coquen Honda 1 Accident 31
Ret 61   Gioele Pellino Loncin 1 Accident 35
Ret 27   Stefano Bianco Aprilia 0 Accident 21
Ret 41   Tobias Siegert Aprilia 0 Did not start second race 37
Ret 22   Pablo Nieto KTM 0 Not classified in first race 25
Ret 36   Cyril Carrillo Honda 0 Did not finish first race 32
Ret 51   Stevie Bonsey Aprilia 0 Did not finish first race 13
Ret 7   Efrén Vázquez Aprilia 0 Did not finish first race 24
Ret 93   Marc Márquez KTM 0 Did not finish first race 20
Ret 71   Tomoyoshi Koyama KTM 0 Did not finish first race 14
Ret 45   Scott Redding Aprilia 0 Did not finish first race 12
Ret 56   Hugo van den Berg Aprilia 0 Did not finish first race 26
DNS 53   Valentin Debise KTM Did not start
OFFICIAL 125cc REPORT

Championship standings after the race (MotoGP)Edit

Below are the standings for the top five riders and constructors after round five has concluded.[6]

  • Note: Only the top five positions are included for both sets of standings.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "2008 French MotoGP". Motorpsortmagazine.com. 13 June 2017. Retrieved 18 May 2018.
  2. ^ Mitchell, Malcolm. "2008 MotoGP Class (FIM Grand Prix World Championship) Programmes - The Motor Racing Programme Covers Project". www.progcovers.com.
  3. ^ Mitchell, Malcolm. "Le Mans - The Motor Racing Programme Covers Project". Progcovers.com. Retrieved 18 May 2018.
  4. ^ "2008 French MotoGP - Motor Sport Magazine Database". 13 June 2017.
  5. ^ "Classification" (PDF). resources.motogp.com. 2008.
  6. ^ "Standings" (PDF). resources.motogp.com. 2008. Retrieved 2019-08-23.


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