If there are two facts that you need to know about the Jerez circuit - apart from its wonderful setting in one of the nicest parts of the world - it is these: The track is difficult in terms of grip, and the circuit demands a lot of the front end of motorcycle races. If you were unaware of those two facts, then watching qualifying - for any of the three classes that race in the MotoGP series - would be enough to acquaint you with them.
Press releases from the MotoGP teams after qualifying on Saturday:
Edwards and Crutchlow happy after dramatic qualifying
Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Team riders Colin Edwards and Cal Crutchlow will start tomorrow's Spanish MotoGP race from eighth and ninth position on the grid respectively after an incident-packed qualifying session at the Jerez circuit.
The press releases received so far from the Moto2 and 125cc teams:
Second row for Luis Salom (6e) in Jerez
In the qualifying session for the Gran Premio BWIN De España the RW Racing GP rider Luis Salom achieved a respectable sixth place. The Spaniard start Sunday his home Grand Prix from the decond row.
Results of qualifying for the Moto2 class at Jerez:
Results and summary of qualifying for the MotoGP class at Jerez:
Casey Stoner has taken his second pole of the season, setting the top time during qualifying at Jerez in the last 10 minutes of the session. Stoner finished ahead of his Repsol Honda teammate Dani Pedrosa, who just managed to nudge out the factory Yamaha of Jorge Lorenzo. Lorenzo's teammate Ben Spies heads up the second row of the grid, the Texan being nearly half a second slower than the Spaniard. Spies sits ahead of a pair of Hondas, Marco Simoncelli a quarter of a second faster than Andrea Dovizioso.
Sandro Cortese has continued his domination of the 125cc class at Jerez, taking pole position by a comfortable margin of two-tenths of a second. The 2nd spot on the grid went to Nico Terol, the Bankia Aspar rider having spent all weekend chasing the Racing Term Germany Aprilia of Cortese. Terol's teammate Hector Faubel completes the new three-wide front row, and is the last rider to finish within a second of Cortese.
Stefan Bradl has underlined his strong form at Jerez by setting the top time in the third session of free practice for the Moto2 class. The session was red-flagged after 10 minutes, when wildcard Steven Odendaal's Suter was left laying in the middle of the track after a crash. Once the session resumed, Bradl ended the session as fastest, four tenths ahead of Marc Marquez and Thomas Luthi, with Yuki Takahashi and Julian Simon just a few hundredths further back.
Dani Pedrosa may have a problem with his shoulder over the length of a 45 minute race, but it is not impeding the Repsol Honda rider from being fast. Pedrosa scorched to a lap of 1'38.865, three tenths under the race lap record, and about the same distance ahead of his teammate Casey Stoner. Marco Simoncelli completed a Honda clean sweep of the top three, the San Carlo Gresini rider a third of a second quicker than Yamaha's Jorge Lorenzo. Randy de Puniet was the best Ducati rider, with Valentino Rossi not far behind in 6th.
Sandro Cortese topped the timesheets for the third session of free practice for the 125cc class, leading his main rival Nico Terol once again. The two riders are in a class of their own, with Cortese leading Terol by over half a second, and Terol leading 3rd-place man Miguel Oliveira.
It's Friday, the bikes have been out on track, and very much as expected, the Repsol Hondas are a class apart. Or rather, two of them are, Casey Stoner going fastest in the morning, while Dani Pedrosa topped the timesheets in the afternoon. The third member of the Repsol Honda team had a day to forget: after a crash in the morning, Andrea Dovizioso lost all confidence in the front end of his RC212V, and struggled for the rest of the day. "We don't need to study what happened," Dovizioso said, "we just need to stop and forget all about it."
Press releases from the 125 and Moto2 teams after practice on Friday at Jerez:
Strong wind doesn't hold Luis Salom (4th) back in Jerez
The second Grand Prix of the season is traditionally held on the beautiful Spanish circuit of Jerez. During the first two free practice sessions of the Gran Premio bwin De España RW Racing GP rider Luis Salom rode to a respectable fourth place.
Press releases from the MotoGP teams after the first day of practice at Jerez:
Edwards and Crutchlow make promising start in Jerez
The Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Team kicked off the European phase of the 2011 MotoGP World Championship in Jerez today, with Colin Edwards and Cal Crutchlow both posting competitive times on the opening day of practice.
In warm but windy conditions at the 2.748 miles circuit, Edwards set a best time of 1.41.063 to finish tenth overall on combined times.