The Le Mans MotoGP circuit is located 125 miles (201 kms) south-west of Paris and three miles (5km) south of the city of Le Mans. The 2.600 mile (4.185 km) track was built around the famous 24-hour circuit in 1965. A serious accident in 1995 involving Spanish rider Alberto Puig saw it taken off the calendar until 2000, in order to carry out safety improvements. The circuit uses the main straight and the remarkable fast right-hand bend between the towering grandstands that leads to the famous Dunlop chicane. The remainder of the circuit is very stop-and-start with a crucial slow right-hand bend leading back into the start and finish straight. The track features four left corners and nine right-handers.
At the gates of the circuit is the Automobile Museum of La Sarthe. This museum takes young and old alike on a spectacular voyage of discovery in the land of the automobile. There are 3,600 square yards in which to be astonished, to understand, to sample and discover an exceptional collection.
The 2013 race saw Dani Pedrosa (Honda) take the chequered flag, amidst rainy conditions at Le Mans. Second place went to Cal Crutchlow (Yamaha) and third to Marc Marquez (Honda). World champion Valentino Rossi unfortunately skidded out of the race with just 11 laps remaining.
The nearest airport is Paris Orly, 128 miles (206km) away. Those driving from Paris should first take the A10 and then the A11 autoroute. Exit the A11 at Junction 6 and follow the southern ring road signs for Tours, Angers, and Nantes on the N23. Alternatively, catch a train from Paris Gare Montparnasse for the 55-minute journey to Le Mans. There is also a direct Eurostar train service to Le Mans from London. The Le Mans railway station is 2.5 miles (4kms) from the circuit.