#FrenchGP - May 6, 2024

When Le Mans is calling, you answer! Red Bull GASGAS Tech3 is thrilled to travel to Le Mans this week for the Michelin® Grand Prix de France, the team’s home round, one that always holds a special place in our hearts. After breaking the spectators' attendance in 2023, it is expected that thousands of motorcycle enthusiasts will again travel to the famous Bugatti race track to see their favorite riders battle it out for the two trophies on the line, on both Saturday and Sunday.

One that French fans will be eager to watch make his debuts in MotoGP™ on the French layout will be rookie sensation Pedro Acosta. After just four rounds, the nineteen year-old already counts two podiums, a silver medal in the sprint and a front row start. Jerez was a bit trickier for the Spaniard who did not qualify as well as his first three rounds, but still he made an incredible job in the main race coming back from P18 after a shaky start, to end P10. The Bugatti circuit is not one where the Spaniard holds his best records, with two DNFs in his two seasons in Moto2™, and an 8th place on his debuts in Grand Prix in Moto3™, just three years ago. However, the level of performance shown by the rookie since the start of the season has been more than impressive, and his adaptation to the premier class has been above all expectations, so the Red Bull GASGAS Tech3 crew will be eager to see how Le Mans will treat him. One thing is sure, he will have the support from the French fans!

Augusto Fernandez is heading to one of his favorite track, one that he has often had success on, with the most recent to date being in 2023 when the Spaniard brilliantly claimed P4, his best result in the main class, on his team’s home turf, for the biggest pleasure of the Red Bull GASGAS Tech3 crew. Things will be different this year, as the Spaniard has not had the easiest start to his second MotoGP™ campaign, but a positive Jerez test will help him approach the fifth round of 2024 in much better conditions.

Here is the schedule of the weekend that you don’t want to miss! GASGAS Tech3 boys will start their French campaign on Friday with Free Practice 1 at 10:45 local time (GMT+2) for forty-five minutes, which will be followed in the afternoon by the one-hour Practice at 15:00, already determining for the qualifying. If we hope that the traditional rain will not join the party, the action will still go on either way on Saturday with Free Practice 2 at 10:10 followed immediately by the qualifying sessions at 10:50. In the afternoon, Acosta and Fernandez will fight for the first points at stake, when lights of the Tissot Sprint go out at 15:00.  Finally, after ten minutes of warm up in the morning, Sunday will see the main race start at 14:00 local time. Bring on the show in France, allez les rouges!

Champinship: 4th
Points: 69
"We are arriving in France with a lot of things learnt from Jerez. After four rounds, we knew the areas where we had to improve on, and the test helped us a lot in that sense, so I think that we are heading to France in a much better position. Le Mans is a circuit that I like, and it is also the home Grand Prix for the Tech3 team, so we will try to do our best, starting with improving our qualifying on Saturday, and trying to get a good grid position. I'm really looking forward to racing there, in front of a crowd that loves motorcycling to the max!"

Championship: 17th
Points: 10
"I am super excited to go to France. I love the track, where I had great results in the past, with the last to date last season, when I got my best MotoGP result. The start of the season has been difficult for us, we are not arriving in Le Mans at the best moment, but we are really motivated to do well there, we know that we need to work well from Friday morning, to try having a decent qualifying, and a good race on Sunday. The test in Jerez helped me get a bit more confidence on the bike, and hopefully heading to a track that I enjoy a lot will be a bonus for us.

Team Manager
"Here comes the most-awaited moment of the season for Red Bull GASGAS Tech3 as the team is going to show up in front of their home crowd at the Michelin Grand Prix de France, at the mythical Bugatti circuit of Le Mans. This round is always special for the French-based squad, as we get to meet all the people supporting us. Last year was incredible, many motorcycle fans showed up, and the French GP beat the spectators attendance record, which has not been beaten by any other round so far. We know that there will be many fans coming again this year, and I am sure that both Pedro Acosta and Augusto Fernandez will be lifted by this wave of support. Since the start of the season, Pedro has shown an incredible level of performance, but a small mistake in qualifying in Jerez put him in difficulty for the rest of the weekend, but it is part of the learning process. For sure, he will use the experience he now has, in addition to the things worked on during the Jerez Test, to make the show in France. On Augusto’s side, we know that the results are not the ones expected, but Le Mans is special to him, he really loves that track, and generally performs well. He won in Moto2, and last season, he finished 4th at six seconds from the winner, which is his best MotoGP result. I really believe that all conditions are gathered for both riders to perform in France, so bring on the show!


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