2008 French motorcycle Grand Prix

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France  2008 French Grand Prix
Race details
Race 5 of 18 races in the
2008 Grand Prix motorcycle racing season
Bugatti Circuit.svg
Date 18 May 2008
Official Name Alice Grand Prix de France
Location Le Mans Bugatti 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

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.

MotoGP Classification[edit]

Pos No Rider Manufacturer Laps Time Grid Points
1 46 Italy Valentino Rossi Yamaha 28 44:30.799 4 25
2 48 Spain Jorge Lorenzo Yamaha 28 +4.997 5 20
3 5 United States Colin Edwards Yamaha 28 +6.805 2 16
4 2 Spain Dani Pedrosa Honda 28 +10.157 1 13
5 7 Australia Chris Vermeulen Suzuki 28 +21.762 8 11
6 4 Italy Andrea Dovizioso Honda 28 +22.395 10 10
7 65 Italy Loris Capirossi Suzuki 28 +27.806 11 9
8 69 United States Nicky Hayden Honda 28 +27.995 6 8
9 14 France Randy de Puniet Honda 28 +29.344 12 7
10 56 Japan Shinya Nakano Honda 28 +30.822 13 6
11 24 Spain Toni Elías Ducati 28 +35.154 14 5
12 15 San Marino Alex de Angelis Honda 28 +36.216 15 4
13 50 France Sylvain Guintoli Ducati 28 +52.038 16 3
14 13 Australia Anthony West Kawasaki 28 +1:29.307 18 2
15 33 Italy Marco Melandri Ducati 27 +1 Lap 17 1
16 1 Australia Casey Stoner Ducati 26 +2 Laps 3
Ret 21 United States John Hopkins Kawasaki 16 Retirement 9
Ret 52 United Kingdom James Toseland Yamaha 2 Accident 7

250 cc classification[edit]

Pos No Rider Manufacturer Laps Time Grid Points
1 6 Spain Alex Debón Aprilia 26 47:27.406 1 25
2 58 Italy Marco Simoncelli Gilera 26 +4.816 3 20
3 75 Italy Mattia Pasini Aprilia 26 +4.998 6 16
4 72 Japan Yuki Takahashi Honda 26 +5.770 12 13
5 36 Finland Mika Kallio KTM 26 +6.197 5 11
6 54 San Marino Manuel Poggiali Gilera 26 +6.474 8 10
7 4 Japan Hiroshi Aoyama KTM 26 +14.909 10 9
8 60 Spain Julian Simon KTM 26 +17.526 7 8
9 41 Spain Aleix Espargaro Aprilia 26 +32.925 9 7
10 55 Spain Héctor Faubel Aprilia 26 +36.719 13 6
11 12 Switzerland Thomas Lüthi Aprilia 26 +48.968 4 5
12 21 Spain Héctor Barberá Aprilia 26 +56.837 11 4
13 15 Italy Roberto Locatelli Gilera 26 +57.827 17 3
14 19 Spain Álvaro Bautista Aprilia 26 +1:05.407 2 2
15 14 Thailand Ratthapark Wilairot Honda 26 +1:24.336 16 1
16 25 Italy Alex Baldolini Aprilia 26 +1:24.577 21
17 90 Italy Federico Sandi Aprilia 25 +1 Lap 20
18 10 Hungary Imre Tóth Aprilia 25 +1 Lap 22
19 7 Spain Russell Gómez Aprilia 25 +1 Lap 23
Ret 17 Czech Republic Karel Abraham Aprilia 24 Collision 19
Ret 45 Indonesia Doni Tata Pradita Yamaha 24 Collision 24
Ret 52 Czech Republic Lukáš Pešek Aprilia 21 Retirement 15
Ret 32 Italy Fabrizio Lai Gilera 13 Retirement 14
Ret 50 Republic of Ireland Eugene Laverty Aprilia 9 Accident 18
DNQ 89 China Ho Wan Chow Aprilia

125 cc classification[edit]

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 Grid Points
1 63 France Mike Di Meglio Derbi 5 10:08.574 6 25
2 38 United Kingdom Bradley Smith Aprilia 5 +0.800 2 20
3 18 Spain Nicolás Terol Aprilia 5 +3.077 7 16
4 44 Spain Pol Espargaró Derbi 5 +10.407 10 13
5 29 Italy Andrea Iannone Aprilia 5 +11.697 18 11
6 17 Germany Stefan Bradl Aprilia 5 +11.881 3 10
7 8 Italy Lorenzo Zanetti KTM 5 +16.372 23 9
8 6 Spain Joan Olivé Derbi 5 +16.545 11 8
9 35 Italy Raffaele De Rosa KTM 5 +19.163 17 7
10 34 Switzerland Randy Krummenacher KTM 5 +22.391 30 6
11 11 Germany Sandro Cortese Aprilia 5 +22.847 5 5
12 30 Spain Pere Tutusaus Aprilia 5 +23.195 29 4
13 24 Italy Simone Corsi Aprilia 5 +23.553 4 3
14 1 Hungary Gábor Talmácsi Aprilia 5 +23.695 8 2
15 5 France Alexis Masbou Loncin 5 +24.240 19 1
16 73 Japan Takaaki Nakagami Aprilia 5 +26.196 22
17 12 Spain Esteve Rabat KTM 5 +26.411 9
18 19 Italy Roberto Lacalendola Aprilia 5 +26.895 36
19 69 France Louis Rossi Honda 5 +27.446 34
20 33 Spain Sergio Gadea Aprilia 5 +31.829 1
21 99 United Kingdom Danny Webb Aprilia 5 +34.810 15
22 95 Romania Robert Mureşan Aprilia 5 +35.190 28
23 77 Switzerland Dominique Aegerter Derbi 5 +47.840 27
Ret 60 Austria Michael Ranseder Aprilia 4 Retirement 16
Ret 21 Germany Robin Lässer Aprilia 2 Accident 33
Ret 52 France Steven Le Coquen Honda 1 Accident 31
Ret 61 Italy Gioele Pellino Loncin 1 Accident 35
Ret 27 Italy Stefano Bianco Aprilia 0 Accident 21
Ret 41 Germany Tobias Siegert Aprilia 0 Did not start second race 37
Ret 22 Spain Pablo Nieto KTM 0 Not classified in first race 25
Ret 36 France Cyril Carrillo Honda 0 Did not finish first race 32
Ret 51 United States Steve Bonsey Aprilia 0 Did not finish first race 13
Ret 7 Spain Efrén Vázquez Aprilia 0 Did not finish first race 24
Ret 93 Spain Marc Márquez KTM 0 Did not finish first race 20
Ret 71 Japan Tomoyoshi Koyama KTM 0 Did not finish first race 14
Ret 45 United Kingdom Scott Redding Aprilia 0 Did not finish first race 12
Ret 55 Netherlands Hugo van den Berg Aprilia 0 Did not finish first race 26
DNS 53 France Valentin Debise KTM 0 Did not start

References[edit]


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