Who is the last Frenchman to win at home?

Throughout the history of the Motorcycle World Championships, French riders have had more or less success on their home soil. However, it has been a while since one of them won at home in the premier category.

Published on 08/05/2024 à 13:55

Luca Bartolomeo

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Who is the last Frenchman to win at home?

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Le MotoGP sets off at Le Mans this weekend for the French Grand Prix, which is celebrating its 25th consecutive appearance on the calendar. The circuit which has hosted the discipline 36 times in the past, will therefore see each of fabio quartararo and Johann Zarco evolve on their land.

If the two French people have taken part in the event for many years, neither of them has yet managed to win in the premier category like any of their predecessors for many seasons. To tell the truth, to see the last Habs achieve such a feat, you have to go back to 1954, and Pierre Monneret's victory in Reims.

A race during which Jacques Collot was also on the podium, offering France its first podium in higher class, including two of its representatives.

Fabio Quartararo's track record in Sarthe is still quite full, since the Niçois has already taken three pole positions, in 2015 in the Moto3 World Championship, as well as in 2020 and 2021, in the premier category. The year of his coronation, he also achieved a third place, his best result at home in MotoGP.

Johann Zarco has also shone at home in the past. The rider, who has now competed in the French Grand Prix for 15 years, also holds the best result for a local rider at Le Mans in MotoGP, thanks to his second places in 2017, as well as in 2021. The Cannes native also finished third at twice, and qualified on pole position during the 2018 season.

Although things look complicated this season, Johann Zarco and Fabio Quartararo will both try to become the first French driver to win a premier class victory at home for 70 years.

Note that in other classes, five French drivers have won Grands Prix at Le Mans, such as Jean Auréal (125cc – 1969), Guy Bertin (125cc – 1979), Patrick Fernandez (350cc – 1979), Mike Di Meglio (125cc – 2008) and Louis Red (Moto3 – 2012).

In addition Le Mans, seven circuits hosted the French GP. This is the case of Paul Ricard (13 times), and the Clermont-Ferrand circuit (10). The tracks of Nogaro, Reims and Rouen have also each hosted the discipline twice, while Albi and Magny-Cours have done so once.

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Luca Bartolomeo

Certified Belgian without accent who writes with pleasure for a French site. In charge of MotoGP

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