2014 Jerez MotoGP Preview Press Releases

Press releases from the MotoGP teams and Bridgestone ahead of the Spanish Grand Prix at Jerez:


Repsol Honda Team heads to Jerez firing on all cylinders

Fresh from their third consecutive victory of 2014 at the Red Bull Argentina Grand Prix, the Repsol Honda team are en route to Spain with no time to rest. The Jerez GP may feel like the true start to the season for Spanish duo Marc Marquez and Dani Pedrosa, when they have the opportunity to race in front of their home fans for the first time of the year.

A tight and twisty circuit, Jerez has hosted a motorcycle grand prix since 1987, soon after it was built, and hosted Formula 1 races during the 1990s. With a track length of 4,428km, Jerez features eight right turns and five lefts and circulates in a clockwise direction with a trademark final turn that has seen some legendary clashes – most recently between Jorge Lorenzo and Marc last year – when Marc came out on top to finish second behind teammate Dani.

Marc, who celebrates his 100th GP start in Jerez next Sunday, has taken second place on three occasions at the Andalusian track – in 2009, 2012 and 2013- but victory here has eluded him so far. Dani has an enviable record, consistently reaching the Jerez podium for the past nine years. This tally includes two MotoGP wins in 2008 and 2013, five second place finishes, and a 250cc win in his second world championship season of 2005. Included in that string are eight front row starts, with two MotoGP poles and a 250cc pole.

Team Quotes

Marc Marquez

Championship Standing: 1st - 75 points

“Argentina was only a few days ago but we are already on our way to Spain! We had a really good weekend, taking another important 25 points, but now we go to Jerez where I know Dani and Jorge are very strong. The crowd and ambiance is very special there and it gives you special motivation to perform at your maximum level. After three fly away races it will be nice to arrive back in Europe for a few ‘normal’ races, I’ll try to relax a little and prepare myself ready for Friday’s FP1”

Previous Results in Jerez 2013 2nd (MotoGP), 2012 2nd (Moto2), 2011 DNF (Moto2), 2010 DNF (125cc), 2009 3rd (Moto2)

Dani Pedrosa

Championship Standing: 2nd - 56 points

“It was a good weekend in Argentina although I would have liked to be in the battle for the victory, but I really enjoyed the race and the track! Now we have no break, and next weekend we race in Jerez! This is one of my favourite circuits on the calendar, I really enjoy seeing all the fans and racing back in Spain after three long races away. As usual we will start working hard from the Friday and hope to continue with the same momentum that we found in Argentina”

Previous Results in Jerez 2013 1st (MotoGP), 2012 3rd (MotoGP), 2011 2nd (MotoGP), 2010 2nd (MotoGP), 2009 2nd (MotoGP), 2008 1st (MotoGP), 2007 2nd (MotoGP), 2006 2nd (MotoGP), 2005 1st (250cc), 2004 DNF (250cc), 2003 4th (125cc), 2002 4th (125cc), 2001 10th (125cc)


No Rest For MotoGP as Action Returns to Europe

Fresh from an action packed weekend in Argentina, the MotoGP paddock has now completed an exhausting journey back to Europe. This week sees Movistar Yamaha MotoGP set up camp in Spain for the first back-to-back race weekend of the year, the Gran Premio de España at the Jerez circuit in the South of the country.

Valentino Rossi arrives back in Europe excited to return to a circuit that has recorded him a considerable number of victories. The nine-time World Champion has an impressive record on the Andalucian circuit with a staggering six premier class wins and two additional victories in the 125cc and 250cc classes. Last year’s visit saw him finish just off the podium with fourth place.

Jorge Lorenzo is excited to return to his home country to race on familiar territory, the two-time premier class world champion has an impressive record at Jerez, with two 250cc wins in 2006 and 2007 and a further two premier class victories in 2010 and 2011. 2012 saw him take second on the podium, just 0.9 seconds from a third potential premier class win and last year saw him continue his premier class podium run with third.

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 amphitheater usually full to capacity with a dedicated MotoGP crowd and is characterized by numerous quick direction changes and few hard braking points.

With not even a week separating the two Grand Prix events, Bradley Smith and Pol Espargaro will be once again back on track at the 4423 metre clockwise circuit, which is rich in motorsport history. Both Tech3 riders have had previous success here during the past years, as they seek to continue their positive work done so far this season with the French MotoGP team.

Bradley Smith intends to raise the bar this weekend as the series begins its European run of events. After another pleasing finish, the British rider’s optimism is high as he hopes to up the pace and assert himself as the leading satellite bike under the Andulacian sun.

Whilst, Spaniard Pol Espargaro will perform in front of his home country’s fans with the aim to put on a great show, as the 22 year old Catalan continues to gather pace and experience after a positive and notable beginning to his rookie campaign in the premier class.

NGM Forward Racing’s Aleix Espargaro, who made a great recovery in Argentina after crashing, showed a strong pace during the whole weekend and he hopes to capitalize with a good result on the Spanish track in front of his home fans. His team mate Colin Edwards, who was on the podium at Jerez in 2007, looks forward to race the first European round of the season.

Valentino Rossi

“Jerez is one of the most special and important Grand Prix weekends of the season, the track is fantastic and there will be a lot of fans so the target is to improve and make the podium. We have to work a lot, the bike is good but we have some weak points which we have to improve to go faster so we can fight with the Hondas.”

Jorge Lorenzo

“We come back to Europe and I’m so excited to race at home, in Jerez, in front of the Spanish crowd, especially after I’ve got my first podium of 2014 now. The taste of that podium was really great and sweet after two difficult races. The track is always amazing not only because of the layout but also the atmosphere; that is so magical. Obviously this race is going to be tough because both Honda riders are in a very good shape as we saw from Qatar, although Jerez is normally good for Yamaha it is also a special place for Honda. I think I have to improve my physical condition a little and also we need to improve as best as possible our bike and be patient and wait for our moment that for sure will come. Anyway, the latest results feed me to be stronger and gave me much more confidence. In Jerez I will push at the maximum to get another great result!”

Massimo Meregalli

Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Team Director

“We are all very happy to return to Europe after our adventures in South America. It is with mixed emotions that we come back to Europe, following Jorge’s first podium in 2014 after two very difficult races and Valentino’s fourth place that confirms his third position in the overall standing. We know our competitors are at their best but we are confident we will also be so from the start on Friday. It’s been a long and exhausting journey from Argentina to here but it is a testament to the professionalism of the team and riders that we will be giving 100% from the start. Both Vale and Jorge are very familiar faces on the Jerez podium, we aim to continue that tradition this year.”


Ducati Team returns to Europe for Spanish GP at Jerez de la Frontera

After the first three Grands Prix of the year, all outside of Europe, the Ducati Team returns closer to home this weekend for the fourth round of the 2014 season at the Jerez de la Frontera circuit in Andalusia, Spain. The scene of numerous on-track battles and massive partisan support in the grandstands, Jerez is the first of four races this year on Spanish soil. For the Ducati Team, the Spanish GP marks the return of Cal Crutchlow on his Desmosedici GP14 machine after an absence of one race.

The British rider, who was injured in the race at Austin, where he suffered a dislocated right little finger and a tiny fracture in the same hand, had to miss the last round in Argentina. To speed up his recovery, Crutchlow has been spending the last few days at home in the Isle of Man, trying, with the help of a hyperbaric chamber, to get ready for the Spanish round. His presence at Jerez can now be confirmed.

Andrea Dovizioso, who defended the Italian team’s colours at Termas de Rio Hondo, was not able to repeat his Austin podium performance, due also to a wrong choice of front tyre. Pirro will this time be racing at Jerez as a ‘wild-card’ for the Ducati Test Team, and his role is once again that of support for the development of the GP14 in this first part of the season.

Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati Team #04)

“The Jerez circuit is certainly not one of my favourites, especially after last year, when we didn’t go very well. However after the race in Argentina I am trying to look at the positives: even though the result at Termas did not live up to our expectations, we are still fourth in the standings and the championship still has a long way to go. For sure Jerez will be a difficult track for us, but I am happy to be able to get back and race immediately after last Sunday’s disappointment.”

Cal Crutchlow (Ducati Team #35)

“My hand is getting better every day, but I still have some pain and it’s definitely going to be difficult to ride this weekend. I’ll try and see how it is from Friday and do the best job I can. Jerez is surely one of the toughest circuits to come back and ride at after my crash. It’s a really great track, and the crowd are great as well, but really I’m just excited about joining up with the team again and getting back on the bike.”

Michele Pirro (Ducati Test Team #51)

“For me Argentina was the first race this year and it was a very difficult one, because I was never able to get the right feeling with the bike. As for Jerez, I can say that it’s not one of my favourites but at least I know it well because I’ve done many races and a lot of testing there. I think with my Test Team bike I’ll manage to do a better race and put the disappointing Argentina result behind me.”

The Jerez de la Frontera Circuit

Jerez is a medium to fast track with a lap distance of 4.423 km. It is located in southern Spain in the heart of Andalusia, and always attracts a massive crowd for the MotoGP race. It has 5 left hand corners and 8 right, and the longest straight measures 607 metres. It was built in 1986 and modified in 2002, making this the most recent layout.


Smith and Espargaro ready to raise the game in Jerez

The Monster Yamaha Tech3 Team jet straight from Argentina to Andalucía, southern Spain for round 4 of the 2014 MotoGP World Championship at the Circuito de Jerez De La Frontera.

With not even a week separating the two Grand Prix events, Bradley Smith and Pol Espargaro will be once again back on track at the 4423 metre clockwise circuit, which is rich in motorsport history. Both Tech3 riders have had previous success here during the past years, as they seek to continue their positive work done so far this season with the French MotoGP team.

Bradley Smith intends to raise the bar this weekend as the series begins its European run of events. After another pleasing finish, the British rider’s optimism is high as he hopes to up the pace and assert himself as the leading satellite bike under the Andulacian sun.

Whilst, Spaniard Pol Espargaro will perform in front of his home country’s fans with the aim to put on a great show, as the 22 year old Catalan continues to gather pace and experience after a positive and notable beginning to his rookie campaign in the premier class.

Bradley Smith - #38:

“After what has been a great couple of weeks travelling from one continent to the next, it will be nice to get back to Europe, and to Jerez which is a circuit I, and the Yamaha favour. I scored my first Pole position here in 2008, and then won the race in 2009 in the 125 class, which are nice memories. For this year there’s a little work that needs to be undertaken on the bike, but I have full confidence that we will continue our steady improvements, and the team as well as Yamaha are doing a great job so far. However, the result from the last race was not where I would like to be, and I am determined to close the gap to the bikes in front of me, and who knows, possibly be in the hunt for a podium.”

Pol Espargaro - #44:

“It may seem like a bit of a squeeze, but I am really happy that I get to go back out on my Yamaha YZR-M1 MotoGP bike again in such a short space of time after the last race. I enjoy Jerez and I have had some great results here in the past, including my first World Championship win in 125cc, so this weekend I aim to please the fans, get a good qualifying, a great start and then see what happens. It will be really nice to race in my home country for the first time on a MotoGP bike, which will give me a boost and make me ride even harder. I can’t wait to get it started."

Herve Poncharal - Team Manager:

“The first three MotoGP races have passed and each of them delivered some fantastic racing, highly entertaining the fans. It’s wonderful for the sport to have such a competitive start to the season. Now that the long trips around the planet with Qatar, Texas and then Argentina have come to an end, we move onto Jerez. The Argentinian race was excellent for the fans and riders alike. For Jerez, the plan is simple for both of our riders. With Bradley we want him to continue to push as he is in a position to be the leading satellite bike. As for Pol, we encourage him to keep learning and taking everything step by step. Both riders are doing great jobs at the moment, and we are really happy with their relentless efforts and determination. It’s a short changeover between the races, but I can’t wait to see the action start in Andalucía.”


HAYDEN AND AOYAMA LINE UP ANOTHER HEAD-TO-HEAD BATTLE AT JEREZ

DRIVE M7 Aspar team-mates looking to repeat close race from Argentina as MotoGP arrives in Europe

Losail, Texas, Termas de Río Hondo… The MotoGP World Championship has gone halfway around the world and back in the opening three rounds of the season but from this weekend it takes on a more familiar route as the European season kicks off with the Spanish Grand Prix at Jerez. The legendary track in Andalucia welcomes a field of riders fresh on the back of racing just a few days earlier in Argentina and with Marc Márquez looking to extend his winning run to four after sealing victory in each of the three races so far. It promises to be an epic battle for home glory, with Dani Pedrosa having dominated this race last season.

DRIVE M7 Aspar team-mates Nicky Hayden and Hiroshi Aoyama delighted the Argentinean crowd with a head-to-head battle that went all the way to the line. Aoyama eventually won the battle for a top ten finish in the penultimate corner but the good-natured war for supremacy on board the Honda RCV1000R machines continues this weekend. A second consecutive eleventh place finish for Hayden leaves him eleventh in the championship, one place ahead of Aoyama, positions the pair will look to build on by continuing the positive trend set over the opening three rounds.

Nicky Hayden: “I am really looking forward to going to Jerez this week, it's an interesting track. You could say the season is more back to normal this weekend after a night race in Qatar, a very difficult weekend for us in Texas and a new track in Argentina. Now we go to Europe, the home of the championship, and a circuit we all know well. It's an awesome track with an unbeatable atmosphere and most riders are fast there. I always enjoying racing at Jerez. You can't use all of the power of a MotoGP bike in certain sections of the track but that could prove to be an advantage to us compared to the factory bikes. If we do our job right maybe we can get closer and be more competitive. Hopefully the conditions are on our side.”

Hiroshi Aoyama: “We have had three long-haul races to kick of the season and it hasn't been an easy start for us. A new bike, new team, a lot of work to adapt and set the bike up. The positive thing is that we have made progress every week and last Sunday we were able to score a very positive result in Argentina. Now it's time to kick off the European part of the season and this week we go to Jerez, a circuit I love and have lots of good memories of. I am sure that the characteristics of the track can really suit our bike and even though we had a good race last time we need to keep working. The main objective for this weekend is to improve the bike in corner entry and we will try to maintain the positive trend from last week.”


FIRST EUROPEAN GRAND PRIX OF THE SEASON FOR TEAM GO&FUN HONDA GRESINI AT JEREZ

The Team GO&FUN Honda Gresini is willing to open a new chapter of his so far unfortunate 2014 campaign with the arrival of MotoGP on the European continent, this weekend at Jerez de la Frontera for the Spanish Grand Prix. All the three events in Qatar, Texas and Argentina saw in fact Alvaro Bautista involved in a crash that forced him to retire from the race. For the Spaniard this first home Grand Prix becomes therefore crucial to start collecting the first important points aboard the Factory Honda RC213V machine.

Even his team-mate, Scott Redding - who grabbed a second place finish in last year’s Moto2 race - is looking for redemption after the 2 points collected at Termas de Rio Hondo thanks to the 14th place, a result below the expectations considering the speed shown by the English rookie during practice.

ALVARO BAUTISTA “I really hope that the first European race can finally put an end to this bad period: the only thing we can do right now is to continue to believe in ourselves and work hard, like we have done so far, in order to try to reverse the trend”.

SCOTT REDDING “I’m looking forward to the first European race of the season because I like to travel on the road to the circuits and the atmosphere. I also like Jerez, because it’s quite fast and it suits well my riding style. It’s quite a demanding track, but I also think that it’s one of the tracks that could be good for the characteristics of our bike. We are getting closer to our rivals and we want to be back on top among the Open Class Hondas: this is our target and we need to achieve it”.

FAUSTO GRESINI “So far, Bautista had three withdrawals in as many races: to have zero points in the standings is certainly not the best situation to begin with high spirits the intense European races period of the championship, but we hope that coming back to Europe will bring us some luck and can reverse the negative trend: we can do it and we absolutely need it. In Argentina Scott was slowed by front grip issues, but he has proved a good ability to manage the situation by bringing the bike to the finish line. Jerez is a circuit where last year he did really well in Moto2, so we expect a good performance from him”.


MotoGP moves to Europe, first is waiting for Abraham in Jerez

After three overseas races MotoGP paddock moves to Europe. In circuit in south of the Spain, in Jerez, traditionally crowded grandstands and race in familiar environment are waiting for riders. Karel Abraham would like to continue on previous races, where he grabbed points.

Karel Abraham

„I´m really looking forward to the first European MotoGP race of the season. After couple of month of travelling we are finally heading „home“, where I can meet the rest of our team, my fans, friends, sponsors... And of course Jerez is very special circuit for me. I scored here my very first Top Ten finish in MotoGP in 2011 and I liked it very much because of its atmosphere. Last year I missed this race because of collarbone fracture from Austin, so I´ll be back on the track after two years. Since the beginning of the season we have improved the bike a lot and I´m getting more familiar with Honda race by race. Our target is to continue in the direction we set in previous race. We want to fight with another production Hondas and stay close to the Top Ten.”


MotoGP arrives in Europe

After a strong start to the season, with six events outside Europe including testing and race weekends, the premier class is back in the “old continent” for the first time in 2014, on the "Circuito de Velocidad de Jerez de la Frontera ."

The return in Europe is characterized by a change of regulation regarding the front tires, Bridgestone it will provide a totale of 10 instead of 9, and will also increase the range of choice from two to three compounds .

The circuit, has been part of the championship for 28 consecutive years, it is located in the autonomous community of Andalusia, in the province of Cadiz. The track, in addition to being part of the world championship of MotoGP, is a reference point for many teams thanks to its layout. The circuit is 4428m long and has 13 turns of which eight are to right.

During this European Grand Prix, a summer climate is forecast, with peaks of temperatures that could reach 30/31° C.

Andrea Iannone - Pramac Racing - After the thrilling performance of GP Termas de Rio Hondo raced on last Sunday, is ready to face the best way possible the of this first European race. The Italian rider, after last years crash on this circuit, is positive and inclined to give us a brilliant performance.

Yonny Hernandez - Energy T.I. Pramac Racing - leaves the home Grand Prix satisfied with his result. The Colombian is ready to give his best in this race to get good results and improving his performance. With twenty-three laps in tenth place during the GP of Argentine Yonny will try again to keep up with the group of riders aiming for the top ten.


NGM Forward Racing Team heads to season’s first European stop

Following three “flyaway” races, the MotoGP circus travels to Southern Spain to contest the Gran Premio de España at the popular track in Jerez.

NGM Forward Racing’s Aleix Espargaro, who made a great recovery in Argentina after crashing, showed a strong pace during the whole weekend and he hopes to capitalize with a good result on the Spanish track in front of his home fans. His team mate Colin Edwards, who was on the podium at Jerez in 2007, looks forward to race the first European round of the season.

The Spanish GP will be a great occasion also for the NGM Forward Racing Moto2 Team with Simone Corsi, who arrives in Europe 4th in the Championship and ready to fight for the podium in Jerez, where he won in 2008 (125cc) and scored a podium finish in 2011 (Moto2). After three unlucky races, Mattia Pasini looks forward to race in Jerez, where he was on the podium in both 125cc and 250cc classes (in 2006 and 2008).

Colin Espargaro

“I look forward to getting to Europe and the normal GP style. The “flyaway” races are awesome but Europe is Europe. I was on the podium in Jerez in 2007 and I get along well with the track. We need to figure out the machine in the first days, but I’m confident that together with the team we will find some new solutions to improve my feeling with the bike”.

Aleix Espargaro

“After the crash in Argentina, I look forward to capitalize with a good result in Jerez. It was a pity because we did a good job and we had the pace to fight for the first five positions. In Spain we need to improve in the first part of the race when the tank is still full. I’m confident that we can get a good result in front of the Spanish fans”.


Bridgestone MotoGP™ Preview - Round 4: Spain, Jerez

Thursday, May 1 2014

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

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

Round four of the MotoGP™ championship sees the World Championship touch-down in Europe, as Spain’s Circuito de Jerez gets a new-look front and rear tyre allocation for 2014.

The first of four races on Spanish soil always draws a huge crowd, with the 4.423 kilometre circuit providing some good overtaking opportunities that have set the scene for many memorable championship battles over the years.

Comprising eight right-hand and five left-hand corners, Jerez is a balanced circuit in terms of the demands it places on the left and right shoulders of the tyre and traditionally has been the only circuit on the calendar where Bridgestone hasn’t offered asymmetric rear slicks. For 2014 however, Bridgestone will bring asymmetric rear slick with slightly softer rubber on the left shoulder to offer even more grip to riders. The rubber on the right shoulder will be one step harder than the left shoulder, and is the same hardness as was offered in the symmetric rear slicks in 2013. Rear slick options for the Factory Honda and Yamaha riders are the soft and medium asymmetric rear slicks, while for the Ducati and Open-class riders, the extra-soft asymmetric rear slick makes its debut for 2014, alongside the soft compound rear.

Starting from this weekend, Bridgestone will increase the front tyre allocation for riders, giving each rider an extra front tyre (ten in total) and the ability to choose from three compound options, whereas previously only two choices were available. The front tyre allocation for Jerez is the soft, medium & hard compound front slicks.

Hiroshi Yamada - Manager, Bridgestone Motorsport Department

“After three intriguing races to start the season, I am excited to see MotoGP heading to Europe for the first time and especially to be going to Jerez, which is a circuit that always delivers fantastic racing. The tyre allocation for this year’s Spanish Grand Prix has seen a change from symmetric rear slicks, to asymmetric rears which will give riders even more safety and performance at this flowing circuit.

“This weekend is also the debut of our revised front tyre allocation system which gives riders greater flexibility with their front tyre choice than ever before. The weather forecast for this weekend is sunny and warm weather, so I hope to see a huge Spanish crowd present at Jerez to welcome their MotoGP heroes.”

Shinji Aoki - Manager, Bridgestone Motorsport Tyre Development Division

“Jerez has a mix of fast and slow corners with a layout that is quite balanced in regards to the demands placed on the left and right shoulders of the tyre. The diversity of the corner layout and this means that we need to provide a tyre with a balanced character to provide good handling from low speed to high speed corners, and from flat corners to changes in elevation.

“The balanced layout has meant in the past we always supplied symmetric rear slicks at Jerez, however, for this year we’ve decided to bring asymmetric rear slicks with softer rubber on the left side to provide better grip and warm-up performance in the left-hand corners. The surface is smooth which is easier for the tyre’s centre section but it is abrasive so harder compound tyres are required to ensure good durability. The track temperature during the race weekend is historically high too, adding to the challenge of minimising tyre wear.”


Round Number: 
4
2014

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