The weather may have tried to claim the leading role at Jerez on Sunday, but after three fascinating races, there are still a few stars which easily outshone it. First and foremost is surely Romano Fenati: the Italian teenager won a Moto3 race at just the second attempt, going one better than his first race. Winning was impressive enough - you had to go back to 1991 and Nobby Ueda to find a rookie with a better debut, and Fenati's victory made him the 3rd youngest winner behind Scott Redding and Marc Marquez - but it was the manner of his victory which impressed most.
Press releases from the MotoGP teams after Sunday's race at Jerez:
Casey Stoner prevails in Jerez
Repsol rider takes first victory of the season, with Dani Pedrosa in third.
Repsol Media Service Spain, Circuito de Jerez Sunday 29/04/2012
Press releases from the Moto2 and Moto3 teams after Sunday's race at Jerez:
TOUGH DAY AT JEREZ DE LA FRONTERA FOR SPEED MASTER MOTO2 RIDERS
The Moto2 class put in a great show for its spectators, with today’s race at the circuit of Jerez de la Frontera.
Results and summary of the MotoGP race at Jerez:
Casey Stoner has broken his Jerez jinx at last, holding off a race-long challenge from Jorge Lorenzo to take his first ever victory at the track in all of the many years and classes he has raced here.
Results and summary of the Moto2 race at Jerez:
Pol Espargaro has taken his maiden victory in the Moto2 class, after rain caused the race to be red flagged. The rain cost Marc Marquez his second win of the season, as he was leading the race when the red flags were waved. Taking the race back one lap meant that Espargaro had been leading, giving the Pons Kalex rider victory, and demoting Marquez to second.
Results and summary of the Moto3 race at Jerez:
Romano Fenati has taken an utterly dominant victory under treacherous conditions to take charge of the Moto3 championship. The Italian kept his head while all around him lost theirs, going on to win by over 36 seconds.
The weather has been the star of the show at Jerez so far, and will be a factor again today. Heavy overnight rain has soaked the track, and the lighter rain which followed is starting to move away. The track was fully wet for the Moto3 warm up, and Moto2 is out on a quickly drying track. MotoGP faces the same half-and-half conditions that have plagued them all weekend, putting them in a spot with rain tires.
Writing about MotoGP is hard at the moment. There are so many great stories to tell - the astonishing rise of Romano Fenati out of nowhere in Moto3, the legion of Kalexes taking on Marc Marquez in Moto2, the frenetic pace of development among the CRT machines, the ascendancy of Dani Pedrosa as a challenger for Jorge Lorenzo and Casey Stoner, the rebirth of Cal Crutchlow as a serious force to be reckoned with, the HRC design gaffe that left the RC213V seriously afflicted by chatter, just to name a few - but it is hard to get around to telling them.
Press releases from the Moto2 and Moto3 teams after qualifying at Jerez:
Álex Rins springs surprise with Jerez pole
Repsol rider takes chance in a difficult qualifying session. Oliveira takes third, Viñales ninth and Márquez thirteenth.
Repsol Media Service - Spain, Circuito de Jerez - Saturday 28/04/2012