2013 Jerez MotoGP Press Release Previews

Press releases from the MotoGP teams ahead of this weekend's race at Jerez:

Jerez Welcomes Yamaha as MotoGP Returns to Europe

Gerno di Lesmo (Italy), 30th April 2013

Yamaha Factory Racing riders Jorge Lorenzo and Valentino Rossi arrive in Southern Spain this week for the first European Grand Prix of the 2013 season, the Gran Premio Bwin de España on the 5th May at the Circuito de Velocidad de Jerez de la Frontera.

With two rounds gone, reigning world Champion Lorenzo arrives currently tied on points at the top of the Championship standings with fellow Spaniard and premier class rookie Marc Marquez. After a challenging race weekend in Austin with a track not best suited to the capabilities of the YZR-M1, Lorenzo will be keen to begin his weekend in Jerez, the Andalucian track has accorded him and impressive run of victories with two 250cc wins in 2006 and 2007 and a further two premier class victories in 2010 and 2011. Last year saw him take second on the podium, just 0.9 seconds from a third potential premier class win. Lorenzo still holds the Jerez record for the fastest lap and the best pole, both from 2008. The 2013 Championship challenger made his MotoGP debut in the 125cc class at Jerez, although he was forced to miss the first qualifying session because he was too young. The future star turned 15yrs of age before the second session, going out to ride in front of his home crowd for his first Grand Prix experience.

Valentino Rossi arrives eager to attack the European tracks he knows intimately aboard his YZR-M1. Rossi sits in fourth in standings after Qatar and Austin, just 11 points adrift of the top spot. The nine-time World Champion has an impressive record at Jerez with a staggering six premier class wins and two additional victories in the 125cc and 250cc classes. In 13 starts at Jerez Rossi has taken nine podium finishes.

The Jerez circuit was built in 1986 with the first Grand Prix taking place one year later. The 4.423km Jerez circuit sits within a natural amphitheatre and is characterised by numerous quick direction changes and few hard braking points.

Jorge Lorenzo

”We arrive in Jerez, a nice track that is really special for all the Spanish riders involved in this Championship and always supported by the huge crowd on the grandstands. We have to keep calm and think about the Championship because it is so long. 

Normally Jerez is a better track for Yamaha but you never know with this level of riding where you are going to find your best circuit. 

Jerez is smaller than Austin and the straight is much shorter, this will give us less disadvantage. The flowing corners will also help us a lot. Jerez is one of my favourite tracks and we will be competitive there for sure.”

Valentino Rossi

”Jerez will be a very important race. I believe and hope that we can be very fast as we have been in testing. We will have to work well and aim for the podium. We still have something to do, especially for the set up of the bike but we have some ideas. Furthermore on Monday after the race we will be testing there and we'll have the opportunity to try different things. Jerez, Le Mans and Mugello are all circuits that are favourable to us and where we will be fine.”

Wilco Zeelenberg

Team Manager

”Jerez is one of our favourite tracks, bus also for our major rivals I would say. Our bike should work better there than it did in Austin. So we hope to be much more competitive in Jerez. The grip is a completely different level but everybody will have better grip on that track. Hopefully we are able to close the gap and to compete, to fight and to get the benefit of extra grip as we did in Qatar. The podium is our goal. There are many races to go and the podium is our aim for every one.”

Massimo Meregalli

Team Director

”We have great expectations for Jerez, we had a really good test there so we know we can already start with a good set up. Both riders were very fast and consistent during the three days we rode there pre-season. We are really looking forward to this coming weekend and we are confident of a good result. After the race there will be other tests and it will be very important to try new things.


Repsol Honda Team head to Jerez confident and motivated

Fresh from their thrilling 1-2 finish at the Circuit of The Americas, the Repsol Honda Team are on their way to Andalusia for the Spanish GP in Jerez.

Although this is round three of the Championship, as the teams head to Europe many feel this is the true start of the season. With the all-Spanish line up of Dani Pedrosa and Marc Marquez, along with Spanish sponsor Repsol, the factory Honda team visit Spain looking to continue the fine form they found in Austin where rookie Marc took his maiden MotoGP win and Dani completed a perfect weekend for the team finishing second.

Dani has an enviable record in Jerez where has finished on the podium the last eight years. The tally includes a MotoGP win in 2008, five seconds, and a 250cc win in his second world championship season of 2005. Included in that string are seven front row starts, with two MotoGP poles and a 250cc pole. For teammate Marc, he has scored second place twice, in 2009 and 2012, but victory here has eluded him so far.

Marc Marquez Championship Standing: 1st - 41 points

"The Austin race is a weekend I will never forget and I would like to thank you all for all your support and kind messages! Now we arrive back to Europe and it's important to keep our feet on the ground and remain focused. All the other riders have much more experience than me in these circuits and we will need to work hard. I'm looking forward to racing in front of the Spanish fans for the first time on a MotoGP machine in Jerez and we will try our hardest to get the best result, if we can achieve a podium then it would be great! Our goal is to keep learning and finish each race"

Dani Pedrosa Championship Standing: 3rd - 33 points

"Even though I missed out on the victory in Austin, we take many positives from the weekend. I am happy as we have reduced the gap to the leaders and I have recovered the good feelings that we had in preseason. Now we head to Jerez, which is one of my favourite circuits to race at. The atmosphere there is amazing and the fans are very passionate. The weather wasn't good for us in testing there a month ago, but it's a track we know well. We will look to continue with the momentum we left Austin and work hard from the first practice session to give ourselves the best chances for the race"

Ducati Team heads to season’s first European stop

Having begun the year with a pair of “flyaway” races, in the Middle East and the United States, the Ducati Team now travels to the first European round of the year, in Jerez de la Frontera, Spain.

Situated near the southern tip of the Iberian Peninsula, just over an hour from the Strait of Gibraltar, the Circuito de Jerez is known for drawing large and enthusiastic crowds. It has historically proven to be a challenging circuit for the Ducati Team, but the squad has also enjoyed successes there, one recent example being a podium finish by Nicky Hayden in the rainy Spanish GP two years ago. During both the race weekend and an official post-race test on Monday, the American and his Italian teammate Andrea Dovizioso—along with Ducati Test Team rider Michele Pirro in his first of three wildcard rides scheduled for the season—plan to build upon the work carried out in Qatar and Texas, and to maximize the competitiveness of the Desmosedici GP13 as the series begins a stretch of six consecutive European races.

Andrea Dovizioso – Ducati Team

“The Jerez circuit isn’t among my favourites, but anyway, I think that the best approach at this point in the season is to take it race by race, and that’s the attitude we have as we head to Spain. The Desmosedici GP13 is completely different from the bikes I’ve ridden in the past, which is fine for me, but we can only make the difference when we’re able to improve some characteristics of the bike. Last year I managed to finish the race there in fifth place, but the most important thing is to be able to make progress with the bike’s development.”

Nicky Hayden – Ducati Team

“This race is almost like the start of the ‘normal’ season—day races in Europe—but of course that doesn’t mean I expect things to get any easier. We did get to test at Jerez, and although the weather didn’t allow us to get many laps in, that experience will still be helpful. Hopefully we’ll start out better on Friday and put up a better fight through the weekend than I did in Texas. I’ve got plenty of support from the guys, so that’s definitely not an issue. I look forward to going to Spain and doing our best.”

Vittoriano Guareschi – Team Manager

“Jerez is the first European race of the year, and it’s also one of our test tracks, but although we’ve already had a number of tests there this year, bad weather has unfortunately prevented us from taking full advantage. It’ll be an important opportunity for us to learn more because the track is very different from the other two that we’ve raced on so far. In addition to Nicky Hayden, who started last year’s race on the first row, and Andrea Dovizioso, we’ll have the test team, with our test rider Michele Pirro, who’ll be doing his first wildcard race. His GP13 will have some new development parts that will help us to focus on the development for the rest of the championship.”


Jerez, 2 May: the MotoGP circus heads to Southern Spain this weekend to contest the Gran Premio de España at the popular track in Jerez. LCR Honda MotoGP’s Stefan Bradl has looked continuously fast in both preceding race weekends, yet will be hoping to challenge the top riders a bit closer. The German claimed a solid 11 points after a strong ride to fifth place in Austin.

“I am really looking forward to the first round in Europe. We have tested the bike there in March gathering useful data for the race weekend and I was comfortable with the bike’s overall package. I am happy to be back in Europe because we return to the standard time schedule, and the atmosphere especially in Spain is very warm. After my DNF in Qatar I was happy to battle with the guys in the front in Austin which is a very technical race track. So I think we will arrive in Jerez with a good base and high motivation to maintain our position in the top five.”


Aleix Espargaró and Randy De Puniet have made a dominant start to the CRT season and will work to continue in the same vein at Jerez

The legendary Jerez circuit welcomes the MotoGP World Championship to Europe this weekend as the third round takes place on familiar territory following a trip into the unknown in Texas. A new name was added to the winners' list at the Grand Prix of Americas, that of Marc Márquez, who arrives at his home race as joint leader of the championship alongside Jorge Lorenzo, winner of the opening round in Qatar. This weekend the pair will do battle for honours at their country's 'Cathedral' of motorcycle racing, Jerez.

It is a case of so far so good for the POWER ELECTRONICS Aspar team, who have dominated the CRT challenge in each of the opening rounds in Qatar and Texas. Aleix Espargaró and Randy De Puniet have not only finished first and second respectively, they have closed the gap significantly to the factory MotoGP prototypes and already look like being a difficult pairing to beat for the rest of the CRT riders in 2013.

Aleix Espargaró: "At last Jerez is here! The opening two races of the season went well but I was looking forward to getting back to Europe and I can't wait for our first home race of the season. We have done a great job so far and our goal is to keep this going. We have qualified for Q2 at both of the opening two rounds and finished as the best CRT, closing the gap to the factory prototypes, and our goal is to continue in the same way.I have great memories of Jerez from last season and we will do all we can to have a similar weekend. We are already close to finding the limits of this bike in terms of what we can get out of the set-up but we will keep trying to improve what we have."

Randy De Puniet: "I am looking forward to getting to Jerez, a circuit where we have always been very competitive. I love the atmosphere, the layout and the context that the Grand Prix takes place in. We did a good job here during winter testing despite the fact that the weather wasn't good and I have always had a good feeling at Jerez so I am sure that will continue this weekend and allow us to challenge for a good result. We have had some set-up issues in the first couple of rounds but thankfully we've been able to sort them in time for the race. This weekend we want to have a clear idea from the start of the weekend and give Aleix a challenge on Sunday. Jerez is a very technical circuit with a combination of fast and slow corners so we will need to get the bike turning well. Either way I am feeling relaxed because our bike has always worked well there."

Jerez de la Frontera, third round of the 2013 World Championship

For the 16th straight year, the Circuito de Jerez is ready to play host to the first European motorcycle Grand Prix of the 2013 season.

The first of four rounds to be held in Spain this year, the event comes just over a month after the final pre-season test, which took place at the same circuit. Opened in 1987, the track is 4.423 kilometers in length and has several fast corners, and its Grand Prix is typically quite exciting. The second straightaway was added in 1992, when a parabolic corner replaced a chicane in order to improve rider safety. It was also with safety in mind that the circuit became the first to replace hay bales with air fence.

Over the past ten years, the track has seen a number of different winners, demonstrating its adaptability to varying interpretations and its suitability for bike development.

Following a few rest days, Andrea Iannone is excited to be in Jerez, where he climbed the top step of the podium in 2011 after winning the Moto2 class. The T.I. Pramac Racing Team rider is hopeful that the problem with his forearm is behind him, as it affected him at the first two rounds, though he nonetheless managed to finish in the top ten both times. At this more familiar circuit, his goal is to lower his times during the practice sessions and to achieve a good start position for the race in order to reduce his gap to the top riders as much as possible.

Jerez de la Frontera, third round of the 2013 World Championship

For the 16th straight year, the Circuito de Jerez is ready to play host to the first European motorcycle Grand Prix of the 2013 season.

The first of four rounds to be held in Spain this year, the event comes just over a month after the final pre-season test, which took place at the same circuit. Opened in 1987, the track is 4.423 kilometers in length and has several fast corners, and its Grand Prix is typically quite exciting. The second straightaway was added in 1992, when a parabolic corner replaced a chicane in order to improve rider safety. It was also with safety in mind that the circuit became the first to replace hay bales with air fence.

Over the past ten years, the track has seen a number of different winners, demonstrating its adaptability to varying interpretations and its suitability for bike development.

There will be no substitute rider for Ignite Pramac Racing Team racer Ben Spies, who stayed back home in Texas in order to undergo intensive treatment as he works to regain his physical fitness following the operation to his shoulder and the problem with his pectoral muscle, suffered during the last round, in Austin. Best of luck to the team and to Spies, who will be back at Le Mans in just fifteen days.

Ben Spies – Ignite Pramac Racing Team

“I want to give good luck wishes to the team for the race and also thank everyone who has sent me their best wishes for my recovery. I am doing my absolute best to get back to 100%, where I need to be, for the team and Ducati.”

Abraham ready to ride in Jerez

Czech MotoGP rider Karel Abraham will return on the track in Jerez after two weeks of recovery since he broke his right collarbone during Qualifying Practice in Austin.

Abraham underwent surgery in Austin just few hours after he crashed out. After Monday´s examination at University Hospital in Olomouc, CZ Abraham decided to try to ride in Jerez.

“I want to get back on the track as soon as possible. We will try to ride in Jerez and we´ll see what happens. The recovery is in progress, but my doctor found some complications. The biggest one is that the scar is overgrowing into the collarbone. I´m trying to rehabilitate, even it´s very painful. But I was assured that there aren´t any risk of aggravation of the injury. The most important is to avoid any crash on the hurt shoulder. I stay focused and hope to be able to ride whole weekend and to finish the race.”

NGM Mobile Forward Racing Team headed to Jerez for first European GP

The third round of the 2013 season takes the championship to Jerez de la Frontera the first European race of the season. The first Spanish race could be the turning point for the team’s CRT riders and a further improvement our riders in the Moto2 category.

Colin Edwards, unable to cross the finish line in the first two races of the season sees Jerez as the perfect opportunity to show the potential for the FTR-Kawasaki package. His teammate Claudio Corti looks forward to racing at Jerez, a track that he knows better and allows him to be confident in improving his results.

In Moto2 Simone Corsi looks forward to putting up a good fight among the fastest riders. Alex de Angelis wants the focus on a better performance during qualifying, which seems to be the main weakness for him and his crew. Mattia Pasini hopes to maintain the momentum from Austin and make another step forward and Ricky Cardús looks forward to the first Spanish race.

Colin Edwards – 5

“I am really looking forward to Jerez, obviously after our last couple of races it would be nice to get a finish and it has been a race at which I had a podium at before, had some good memories there. Obviously being the first European race everybody kind of gets in the grove and settles in and starts working. Looking forward to it!”

Claudio Corti – 71

“We come back to Jerez after two very tough races. We have some data from Jerez because of the test we did during pre season and with a few more kilometers, a few improvements and an evolution since that last test, we can surely hope for slightly better results. This circuit is not one of my favorites but I have done relatively well here in the past.”

Simone Corsi – 3

“On Sunday we will race at Jerez, a circuit at which we have tested a lot during the pre season. I expected something more from the first two races, we got only a few points but I am hopeful and remain optimistic for this next race at Jerez because during the weekend in Texas we proved to be fast during all weekend. We have to work in order to reduce the gap with the front guys. The team is doing a great job!”

Alex De Angelis – 15

“After the comeback during the Texas GP both the team and I hope that the setup used during the American race can be adapted to the Jerez circuit. We have to work a lot in order to be ready for the qualifying session, which at the moment seems to be our weak spot, we are working towards it and look forward to prove it in the near future.”

Mattia Pasini – 54

“We are ready for Jerez after a very good performance in Austin that allows us to hope for good results. I was able to have a good race pace with the bike in Texas and a good feeling with the bike, ideal conditions for us to make another step forward.”

Ricky Cardús - 88

“It’s an important race for me, the first European race and I can’t wait to be there with all the Spanish fans. Right now I feel much better physically even if I am still recovering. I know it will not be easy for us to be in the front group but the feeling with the bike has improved and I want to race!”

Bridgestone MotoGP™ Preview - Round 3: Spain, Jerez

30 April 2013

Bridgestone slick compounds available: Front: Soft, Medium; Rear: Extra-soft, Soft, Medium (Symmetric)

Bridgestone wet tyre compounds available: Hard (Main), Soft (Alternative – front), Extra-hard (Alternative – rear)

Spain’s Circuito de Jerez hosts round three of the 2013 MotoGP™ season as the championship prepares for its first race on European soil this year.

With Spanish riders winning the first two races of what has been an exciting season so far, a large and enthusiastic crowd is expected at the Jerez circuit this weekend. At 4.423 kilometres in length, the circuit’s flowing layout has produced many exciting battles over the years and testing in dry conditions earlier this year saw the top ten riders produce lap times within one second of each other, so the signs are good for another close contest this weekend.

Comprising eight right-hand and five left-hand corners, Jerez is the only circuit on the calendar that doesn’t require asymmetric rear slicks. The three options of symmetric rear slick available at Jerez - the extra-soft, soft and medium compounds – are towards the softer end of the range Bridgestone provides to ensure optimum warm-up performance and safety at a venue that can experience a wide range of temperatures. The softer rear slick options also ensure maximum grip at high lean angles which is important at Jerez where good corner speed is crucial to making competitive lap times. The emphasis on edge grip over braking stability is also reflected in the front slick tyre allocation for this race, where the soft and medium compound options are offered.

Following tyre analysis at the Jerez pre-season test at the end of March, Bridgestone quickly acted to revise its wet tyre allocation for the upcoming race weekend. Alongside the main specification, hard wet tyre compound, an alternative extra-hard rear wet tyre will be offered for greater durability against the abrasive Jerez tarmac. The Spanish Grand Prix is the only race on the calendar where an extra-hard wet tyre option will be made available.

Hiroshi Yamada - Manager, Bridgestone Motorsport Department

“I am very much looking forward to this weekend as it is always special racing in Europe and with the exciting start we‘ve had to the season and the success of the Spanish riders in the championship so far, I expect a large and vocal crowd to be present at Jerez.

“During the Jerez test, tyre analysis revealed our hard compound wet rear tyre exhibited high wear and abrasion on the combination of the latest machines and the abrasive track surface, so we immediately changed our production schedule to ensure supply of an alternative extra-hard rear wet tyres for the upcoming race. This is a special wet tyre produced just for the Spanish Grand Prix and is a compound that isn’t part of our regular wet tyre allocation.”

Shinji Aoki - Manager, Bridgestone Motorsport Tyre Development Department

“Jerez is a technical circuit with a mix of fast and slow corners. It is a good test circuit because of the diversity of the corner layout and this means that we require a tyre with a very balanced character to provide good handling from low speed to high speed and from flat corners to changes in elevation. The surface is smooth which is easier for the tyre’s centre section but it is also abrasive so we have to pick compounds that can withstand abrasion. Although the track temperature during the race weekend is historically high, in the last couple of years we’ve also experienced cooler conditions at times, so our tyres have to perform over a wide range of temperatures.

“At the Jerez pre-season test we were able to test our wet tyres in a wide range of conditions from damp to fully wet, and we discovered that the wear of the hard compound wet rear tyre in some cases was severe. As the grip feeling from the hard compound wet tyre was adequate in cool conditions, we discussed with the riders about changing the wet tyre allocation for the Jerez race and it was agreed that we would bring an extra-hard wet rear tyre as our alternative specification. Each rider this weekend will now be given a maximum of two extra-hard rear wet tyres as an alternative to the main hard compound wet tyre.”

A Tribute to Jorge Lorenzo

Jerez de la Frontera (Spain), 2nd May 2013

Jorge Lorenzo

“I feel very happy. It is an incredible moment in my career and the best gift I could get for my birthday. Saturday will be a very special day for me and I am extremely grateful to the Mayor of Jerez, to the City Council and the Jerez Circuit for this unforgettable gift. This is one of the biggest and more important presents I have received in my all life. Having one corner entitled to my name at such a special track like Jerez is amazing. Jerez was the first “pro” track were I rode at the age of 10. I also made my debut here in 125cc, eleven years ago. Jerez will always represent something special for me. The first lap I will make tomorrow with my M1 is going to be terrific. I guess I can't avoid to think of it tomorrow, when I enter that corner, but I also hope to forget it quickly, because I need to be concentrated! I really hope the grandstands will be packed this weekend!"

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