Fresh from his first victory of MotoGP's Michelin/unified ECU era, Valentino Rossi heads to Le Mans looking to take more points away from early title leaders Marc Marquez and Jorge Lorenzo.
All three have won races this season but Yamaha team-mates Rossi and Lorenzo have also suffered a DNF, leaving Honda's Marquez 17 points ahead of Lorenzo and 24 clear of Rossi.
The Italian's first priority for Le Mans is to repeat the strong set-up found at Jerez, while reacting to the notoriously unpredictable weather.
“Le Mans is a track where the YZR-M1 usually goes very well. The negative thing about Le Mans is the weather, it is always very uncertain. It can rain, it is often cold and so there are many factors that you must be careful of,” Rossi said.
“Last year I had a good race but I was not able to beat Jorge, I'll try again this year.
“First we will start the weekend in the same way as we did in Jerez. There we found a good set-up on Friday and this has helped us to be competitive in the race. We will do our best also in Le Mans.”
Rossi has won three times in the premier-class at Le Mans - 2002, 2005 and 2008 - finishing runner-up in 2003, 2010, 2012, 2014 and 2015 and third in 2000, 2001 and 2011.
The Doctor finished 3.820s behind Lorenzo at Le Mans last year