Testing continues for the MotoGP teams at Jerez, but during the hottest part of the day, the focus has switched to the hard work of testing rather than chasing quick times. Nobody has improved their times since the start of the day, and some have already finished.
The riders made an early start to the test at Jerez, taking advantage of the cooler track temperatures at the start of the day. With a blisteringly hot day expected, the track is likely to get extremely slippery as the day progresses. Maverick Viñales is the fastest rider so far, getting down into the 1'38s early on, and over a second and a half quicker than the best lap of the race on Sunday. Marc Marquez is second, while Aleix Espargaro holds third spot on the Aprilia, and the last rider to lap in the 1'38s.
Jerez, the Spanish round of MotoGP, and the first event back on European soil, would in the end come down to a trial of grip. The riders and teams who understood the circumstances best, exploited their strengths, and disguised their weaknesses would come out on top. In all three races on Sunday, the cream rose to the top. Despite rising temperatures and falling grip levels, the smart riders and teams triumphed in all three classes.
In Moto3, KTM made a welcome return to the front, with the Austrian bikes back to challenge the hegemony of Honda in the smallest of the three classes. That race would be won in a brilliant last-corner move when the two riders battling for the lead opened the door for the bike in third. In Moto2, a tense duel would be settled by a mistake, leaving the last man standing to deal with staying concentrated for the second half of the race. And in MotoGP, a thoroughly imperious display saw one rider conquer Jerez, leaving a bloodbath in his wake. Jerez saw three deserving winners emerge.
Grip was already poor for Moto3, but the lighter bikes and their smaller tires are the least affected of the three classes. Things got a lot worse for Moto2, riders struggling for grip, and the race decided by one of the two men battling for victory crashed out a third of the way into the race. The burning Andalusian sun raised track temperatures even higher for MotoGP, and that would prove decisive in the race. Those capable of handling the poor grip triumphed, those who had counted on their good form from the morning warm up transferring to the race came away bitterly disappointed.
MotoGP standings after Jerez:
Results and summary of the MotoGP race in Jerez:
Moto2 standings after the fourth race of the season in Jerez:
Results and summary of the Moto2 race in Jerez:
Moto3 standings after Jerez:
Results and summary of the Moto3 race in Jerez: