Twin Win for Marc VDS Racing
Mika Kallio notched up his second win in a row and Tito Rabat made it to the third step of the podium. Repeating last year’s performance, the Marc VDS Racing Team scored a superb twin-win on the Le Mans circuit.
Proudly flying the Elf flag, Mika Kallio and Tito Rabat once again made a sensation at the Grand Prix of France. With two wins each, the riders from Finland and Spain helped the Marc VDS Racing team win four of the first five Grand Prix races in the championship. In Le Mans, Kallio showed off his style again to beat Corsi and Rabat. It was also a good result for Tito, who suffered all weekend from renal colic problems. In MotoGP, Stefan Bradl completed the first two laps in second position. For a long time in the leading group, the LCR Honda rider finally took the chequered flag in seventh position. In Moto3, Miguel Oliveira finished twelfth and Arthur Sissis seventeenth. Livio Loi had to settle for a twentieth place, due to his lack of confidence in his Kalex KTM.
The key players at the start of this season, Tito Rabat and Mika Kallio have taken the lead of the Moto2 World Championship. Seven points separate the two men, thirty points ahead of Maverick Viñales. In MotoGP Stefan Bradl confirmed his sixth place, while in Moto3 Miguel Oliveira slipped back to thirteenth position, just ahead Livio Loi who has not scored a single point since his fourth place in Argentina.
There was a time when going into hospital for surgery meant pulling out of the following race. Stefan Bradl clearly demonstrated in Le Mans that medicine has made progress. The rider of the LCR team underwent an operation by a German surgeon just after the Spanish Grand Prix. “I had to solve the problem of cramp in my right forearm,” explained Bradl, who found himself in trouble at Jerez. “I already had an operation for compartment syndrome in 2012, but the incision was not deep enough. So since I had to have another operation, it was best to have it as quickly as possible.” Back on his bike ten days later, Bradl was not really bothered by the effects of the operation. Fourth in the qualifying session, the LCR rider completed half of the GP of France in the top five before slipping back to seventh place – but not because of his arm. “We made some changes to the bike after the warm-up but we took the wrong direction,” he explained. “I lacked grip coming out of the bends and I was unable to brake late enough to catch up the time I lost when accelerating. As far as my arm is concerned, I had a little pain at the end of the race, but no problem in controlling the throttle or the brake.”