Cormac Shoots Le Mans: Ups And Downs In Rain And Shine

Joan Mir invented the sport of gravel skiing when he crashed, stood up, slid, and ran on Saturday

October racing means light magic. Brad Binder turns up the contrast

Alex Marquez would get another taste of wet weather, and capitalize on the opportunity

Suzuki in wet weather trim, with full shrouds around the Brembo carbon discs, and tape on the radiator to keep the heat in

Johann Zarco arrived at his home GP with a good deal less pressure on his shoulders

Unlike El Diablo, Fabio Quartararo, who looked like cleaning up in the dry

Ducati's rear wheel aero cover on Jack Miller's Pramac Ducati. Note also the torsion meter sprocket carrier

Clear visors in the rain mean you can follow Alex Rins eyes

A rough weekend for Valentino Rossi ...

Crashing at Turn 4 in practice ...

And then in the same place on the first lap of the race. That made it three crashes in three races

Words were exchanged between Pecco Bagnaia and Miguel Oliveira. But they sorted it out after qualifying

Pole at home, and a punishing pace in FP4. Who could stop Fabio Quartararo in the race?

The weather, and a gaggle of Ducatis, that's who

4 into 1. Or rather, 4 into Turn 9, as Danilo Petrucci, Jack Miller, Alex Rins, and Andrea Dovizioso all try to fit into the Chemin aux Boeufs esses

Jack Miller would be foiled by the rain, and using an engine which was starting to display problems during warm up. It let go in the race

Danilo Petrucci rode a near perfect race, controlling from the front, and reminding the world just how good he is

Saving the honor of HRC, Alex Marquez scored a superb podium in the wet at Le Mans.

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How much does the cooling of the engine affect the temperature of the rear tire? Could the duct tape on the radiator of Mir's Suzuki have anything to do with Mir having a problem bringing the rear tire up to temperature? At Catalunya, Mir spoke of how the front tire worked better when he was following other riders than when it was in open air. What would Motogp racing be like if all the riders had optimal tires (and temperatures)?

shot of Pecco and Olivera is gold!!! At that lean angle, one hand of hte bars and looking backwards. Ok no risk of traffic but stilll supreme confidence! I like it a lot <3.


Cool use of duct tape, but I was surprised the marshals allowed it. Aren't non-permanent (AKA, not attached) items a risk to rider safety while riding? (Not on the scale of that belt we saw on Mir's-I think camera coming out of the traps, I admit.) 

Duct tape on radiators is like tearoffs on visors, been used for years and there's never been a problem (apart from Jack) , they're often pulled off the rad if the engine eventually gets too hot....

I was surprised to see some teams still using what appeared to be  the swingarm spoiler as opposed to some using the rain deflector.

Maybe the gains in grip (from downforce) outweighed the cooling effect?