Preview press releases from some of the teams and Michelin ahead of this weekend's Spanish Grand Prix at Jerez:
MotoGP is back to Europe: the Mission Winnow Ducati team on track at Jerez for the fourth round of the Championship
After leaving Austin (United States) with the lead in the Riders, Constructors and Team rankings, the Mission Winnow Ducati team is ready to begin the long, intense European phase of the calendar, with eleven races in the Old Continent, the first of which will be held at Jerez de la Frontera (Spain).
Historically, Ducati has achieved a win and five podiums overall on the Spanish track, but both Andrea Dovizioso – who will ride his 200th MotoGP race on Sunday – and Danilo Petrucci – who missed the podium at Jerez by only four tenths of a second last year – are determined to make the most of the feedback gathered during the winter tests and the first races of 2019 to rewrite the statistics. After three rounds, Ducati leads the Constructors rankings with 57 points, and the Mission Winnow Ducati team is first in the Team rankings with 84 points.
Andrea Dovizioso (#04 Mission Winnow Ducati) – 1st (54 points)
"We arrive at Jerez in the lead but, more than for the championship position itself, I'm happy first and foremost for the feeling with the bike so far this year. Our competitiviness has further increased and we managed to defend ourselves even on historically difficult tracks, but it's also true that there are even more riders capable of fighting for the podium and the season has just started. I believe that in Jerez we'll be able to be stronger than in the past, last year during the race we had already shown progress, but we need to keep our head down and work hard to make more improvements and to be contenders on every single track."
Danilo Petrucci (#9 Mission Winnow Ducati) – 5th (30 points)
"The Jerez track, on paper, is more suited to my riding style compared with the first three circuits we've raced at so far. During the winter tests I was fast there, even though track conditions will probably be very different this weekend. Also, I was able to fight for the podium until basically the very end of the race last year, so overall I'm confident. So far we've collected important points and stayed in the top 5 in the Championship, but obviously I want to be stronger in race conditions. This break was helpful to recharge and pinpoint some small items to improve over the weekend. We're working on details that can make a big difference, so I can't wait to head out to the track."
The Mission Winnow Ducati team will resume action Friday, May 3, for the first free-practice session, which is scheduled to start at 09:55.
Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP Jet to Jerez for Spanish GP
After a two-week intermission, the Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP Team are ready to start the European leg of the 2019 MotoGP season this weekend at the Circuito de Jerez - Ángel Nieto.
Jerez de la Frontera (Spain), 1st May 2019
Having flown back across the North Atlantic Ocean, the Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP Team get back to action this weekend at the Gran Premio de España.
Valentino Rossi currently holds second place in the championship rankings after taking second place at the two previous rounds. He has set himself a firm goal for this weekend: he is going to try to make it a podium hat-trick.
The Italian is expecting a hard battle, as the previous two years in Jerez were challenging, but to his advantage, he knows the track like no other. So far, he has claimed seven wins at this circuit (in 2001, 2002, 2003, 2005, 2007, 2009, and 2016), secured two second places (in 2008 and 2014), and achieved three third places (in 2000, 2010, and 2015) in the premier class alone. He was also successful here in the lower classes, securing a 125cc and 250cc win in 1997 and 1999 respectively, and a 250cc second place in 1998.
Maverick Viñales arrives in Europe holding twelfth place in the championship standings after a disappointing end to the otherwise positive COTA weekend. Nevertheless, the Spaniard shows a strong determination to add another solid performance to his record at Jerez, which he considers one of his home races.
With the support of the local fans he hopes to better his sixth-place best MotoGP finish there and revisit the Andalusian podium for the first time since his Moto3 win in 2013.
The Circuito de Jerez was built in 1986 and has been one of the most popular MotoGP events of the season ever since. Blessed with good weather, beautiful scenery, fast corners, hard braking areas, and a natural amphitheater, the 4.4km Jerez circuit offers spectators a great view of the unforgettable racing action that takes place here.
"It's always nice to return to Europe after the first overseas rounds. The fans here have waited for months to have the opportunity to visit a GP and watch the racing in real life, so that makes the atmosphere in Jerez always extra special. Our bike has been competitive at the previous rounds in Argentina and Texas, so we want to continue to show that form this weekend, especially after two difficult years here. As per usual, preparation will be key: the Friday free practice sessions will be important, because we need to start the weekend off the right way. It will be a full-on week, even more so because the Spanish GP is directly followed by the one-day Official IRTA Jerez Test. But after the minibreak between COTA and Jerez, we're happy with the additional track time and the opportunity to get extra work done."
"I love racing in Europe because the tracks are fantastic, and I know them very well. We start at Jerez, which has been a difficult track for the Yamaha in the last two years, but we did well at the last two races, so it will be very interesting to see if we can be strong there. We have had a little break and from now on it's 'bam, bam, bam', a very packed schedule until the race at the Sachsenring. We're good, strong, and we are working well. It looks like the bike improved a lot. For sure, there are some areas that we need to work on. We need some time for that, but we can be competitive."
"I'm happy because finally we arrive to the European rounds. In Austin, despite the problems we encountered, I felt very good riding my bike and I had a very good race pace. We've had some difficulties in Jerez in the past, but I think that we've made good steps lately, so potentially we could be arriving at a very good track for the Yamaha. I hope to be fighting for the podium from the start of the race. We are going to work very hard all week to make it happen."
OFF TO JEREZ AND THE EUROPEAN ROUNDS ON THE RIGHT FOOT
Team Suzuki Press Office – May 1.
More than two weeks have passed since Alex Rins' stunning victory at the GP of The Americas in Austin, and now it’s time for Team SUZUKI ECSTAR to head to Spain for the first in a long series of European races. This is when the game starts for real, given that the European layouts vary greatly from the first three rounds, and the battle for the Championship is really going to hot up, making this section of the season even more crucial. The GP of Spain will also be the 300th MotoGP race since the category was introduced.
The victory in Austin and the third place in the Championship standings (just five points from the title leader) have given extra motivation to Alex Rins - but the Spaniard is keeping his feet on the ground and staying focused on the work to do. His calm and meticulous work ethic has proven to be the right approach during the last races, and the results are a good motivation for keeping on this path. Indeed, if we consider the points gained since last year’s race in Motegi, Rins has been the top scorer with 116, followed by Dovizioso with 105 and Marquez with 95.
The team’s recent success has also given a boost to Joan Mir. The rookie was not happy with his result in Austin (out of the points due to a jump start and subsequent ride through penalty), but he is very eager to race again in his home country, and to continue his growing process with the GSX-RR.
Jerez is a circuit which will put the GSX-RR to the test, it’s a narrow track with tight and technical corners coupled with fast and flowing ones. In fact, Jerez is the narrowest track on the championship calendar, with an average width of 11 metres: less than the length of a Team’s container! It’s also a pretty slow circuit, as its fastest corner is only 170 km/h.
Davide Brivio – Team Manager
“We are still feeling very happy about the positive start to the Championship, and especially with the victory we had in Austin with Alex. But we are conscious that from now on the races will be very different from the previous ones. Jerez will be a tricky one due to the unusual configuration of the track, very narrow and with some very technical parts. Our formula is to approach every race with humility, without pre-conceived ideas, and to use our working method which is step by step. We have seen that our GSX-RR has a lot of potential, and that Alex and Joan are growing very fast, each one on his own path. But we are also aware of some areas where we can improve, and this is our main objective. Our goal is to get as close to the top as we can, and then play our cards in the race. Staying consistently in the Top 10 and Top 5 which will give us the chance to fight for some good results.”
“I think Jerez can be a good track for us, it suits the GSX-RR’s characteristics pretty well despite the fact that it’s a very demanding layout. There are some hard braking areas which will require us to have a perfect set-up. There will be some patches with new tarmac, which may give us some extra benefit, although it will be the same conditions for everyone. I’m happy to go to Jerez and finally start the European rounds, which are very different from all the previous races: Qatar, Argentina and Texas are unique circuits, each one is sort of “one of a kind” and must be approached as such. But from now on it will be very important to be consistent and keep on one path. Also, the circuit is very narrow, so the fight will be very fierce in the race. I’m excited to get into ‘race mode’ in front of the home fans.”
“One thing is for certain; I can’t wait to ride my bike again and prepare a very good race in Jerez! I want to immediately get rid of the bad memory from Austin. I made a small mistake which ended with a big penalty, and it was a shame because I had strong pace. However, I’m confident we can progress very quickly in the next races, because as a Team we have proven that our performance level is comparable to the top teams and bikes, and because I feel very confident on the bike and with my crew. We’ve progressed well already in these three early races, and for sure we have good potential for a consistent and high level performance at the next races. It will be nice to be back in Spain and see the fans too!”
TECHNICAL HIGHLIGHTS OF JEREZ
Frankie Carchedi - Joan Mir's Crew Chief: “Jerez is very particular, and if you have any issues with your set-up, Jerez will expose them! For all the manufacturers it’s a very important track for that reason, because it’s a good way to check how good your set-up really is. Generally, if your bike works well at Jerez you’ll have a good year, because it will also work well at any other track. It’s a very flowing track with a lot of fast corners, which is usually good for our bike. But there’s also hard braking and it’s always very challenging.”
Jerez awaits resurgent Repsol Honda Team
Marc Marquez and Jorge Lorenzo are ready to resume their challenge on Spanish soil as 300th MotoGP race looms.
The MotoGP World Championship touches down in Europe for the first time in 2019, the Spanish GP marking the 300th MotoGP race after the class was introduced in 2002. Honda machines have taken 142 wins in that time and both Marc Marquez and Jorge Lorenzo will be fighting to make it 143 in Jerez.
After the difficulties of Austin, Marc Marquez arrives in Jerez aiming to get his title defence back on track. With six podiums and two wins to his name in the premier class at the track. The Circuito de Jerez – Angel Nieto is the perfect staging ground for Marquez to attack his nine-point deficit in the championship battle.
Jorge Lorenzo is one of the only riders with a better record at Jerez than Marquez, the five-time champion having secured three wins and eight podiums in the premier class at the iconic circuit. A now fully fit Jorge Lorenzo is out for a strong weekend at the familiar Jerez circuit after being careful to avoid further injury in the opening races.
Stefan Bradl will join the MotoGP grid once again on a fifth Honda RC213V as the HRC test rider participates as a wildcard.
Free Practice 1 begins at 09:55 Local Time on Friday, May 03.
“Jerez is always a special race because it is the first in Europe and there’s a lot of support from the Spanish fans. Of course we approach it the same as any weekend, with how tight the championship is we must make the most of every moment on track. The time between America and here has seemed longer than ever, I’m looking forward to getting back out on my bike.”
“I have been focusing on this race since the start of the season. With limited testing, we knew the opening rounds would be tricky. Jerez is one of my favourite circuits. The surface normally has a lot of grip and this suits my style very well unlike a couple of tracks we have already visited. I am sure we can achieve a good result with the Repsol Honda Team after learning a lot in the opening rounds.”
APRILIA KEEN TO GROW QUICKLY, THREE RS-GP BIKES TO RACE IN JEREZ
ALEIX ESPARGARÓ, ANDREA IANNONE AND BRADLEY SMITH ON THE TRACK
DAY OF TESTING MONDAY FOR ALL THE RIDERS
The 2019 MotoGP circus heads to Europe and Aprilia once again has three bikes on the grid, as they did for the opening round in Qatar. Bradley Smith and the test team will be working alongside the factory Aprilia Racing Team Gresini that will have ‘first string’ riders Espargaró and Iannone on the grid.
Participation of the third bike in the first Spanish race is another waypoint along the growth path that Aprilia Racing, with a drastically revamped structure for the 2019 season, has defined in order to get close to the leaders, stabilising the positive signs that the fledgling RS-GP project has so often demonstrated. This is why the Aprilia Racing Team Gresini will also be staying on the Andalusian track Monday after the race for a day of testing with the three riders and their respective teams.
Aleix and Andrea will be arriving at this fourth round of the season intent on continuing the growth trend demonstrated in the early tests and opening rounds of the year. Bradley has had the chance to prepare for his second wild card with two days of testing on the recently resurfaced Spanish track. The new asphalt will be precisely the unknown of the weekend, along with the four front and rear Michelin tyres that will need to be assessed in anticipation of the race.
"Jerez is a track that I really like a lot and it is also nice to get back to Europe after three races far from home. We have a clear objective which is to battle consistently for a top-10 finish and, given the level of this championship, it is not at all a simple task. We continue working with this goal and that is why we will also be on the track in Jerez on Monday for testing."
"We are heading back to Europe, but for me it is still all new with Aprilia, so our approach will remain the same. We learn something new every time we go out on the track. I do not want to make the mistake of doing everything in too much of a rush. Instead, I want to keep growing step by step. I have embraced this challenge and I have all the right motivation to move forward with it."
"I'm obviously happy to be back on the track with Aprilia for this wild card. Competing against the other riders is certainly more exciting than watching them on TV from home! We did two tests in Jerez after Qatar, managing to take a nice step forward. I hope that our help will be useful for Aleix and Andrea to have a better approach to the European races."
PETRONAS Yamaha SRT arrive in Europe in excellent shape
Morbidelli and Quartararo face the fourth race of the season off the back of their best results in MotoGP in Austin so far.
After the first three flyaway rounds, the MotoGP World Championship arrives in Europe, where the next eleven races of the 2019 season will take place. The Jerez-Angel Nieto Circuit hosts the Spanish Grand Prix, the fourth round of the year, where the PETRONAS Yamaha SRT team will look to pick up from where they left off at the recent Grand Prix of The Americas. In Austin, the pair earned their best results in the premier class to date.
Franco Morbidelli claimed his first MotoGP Top 5 finish at the Circuit of The Americas, with the Italian showing that he was able to ride with the fastest competitors in the class. He now heads to the Jerez-Angel Nieto Circuit, where his best result is a fourth place from 2016 in Moto2. Both he and his teammate have already ridden at the track with their Yamaha machines, in last November’s post-season test.
Fabio Quartararo continues to enjoy a great start to the season - his seventh place finish in Austin took him to 17 points in the overall standings, maintaining his position as the best MotoGP rookie of the year so far. The PETRONAS Yamaha SRT rider has great memories of Jerez, as it was there that he was proclaimed champion of the FIM CEV series in 2013. His best result at the Spanish track in the World Championship is a fourth place in 2015, when competing in Moto3.
The fourth race of the 2019 season will take place on Sunday at 2pm local time.
#21 Franco Morbidelli
"I have used these last two weeks to rest up, but I have also trained a lot to prepare myself for Jerez. It's a very nice circuit and I like it a lot; we have already tested the bike there last November and we were very fast then, so I'm confident that we can do well and have enough potential to be fast there this weekend. The only unknown aspect is the conditions that we will encounter. I’m very happy after the Top 5 finish in the USA, but we must continue in the same way, with the pace we have shown since the first race. We have been fast, consistent and strong. I feel good with the team and with the bike, but we have to find a way to improve during the year, so we will have to remain strong and try to climb up the standings."
#20 Fabio Quartararo
"As always, I have been training a lot over these past couple of weeks, but above all I have been enjoying time with family and friends. I have also been able to celebrate my birthday with them. Jerez is a different track for me, because it is a circuit where we have already ridden with the bike. We will try to have a good FP1 and keep inside the Top 10 throughout the whole weekend, which is our main objective. The bike is different now than it was at the test, but it is also positive to have tested there beforehand. At the moment, my goal is to be inside the Top 10, but if we have a good pace then I’m sure that we will be able to fight for a good result."
NAKAGAMI WELL PREPARED FOR JEREZ TEST
PRESS RELEASE: 02 May 2019 | Jerez GP Preview
LCR Honda IDEMITSU rider Takaaki Nakagami will look to maintain his impressive start to the 2019 MotoGP season when round four rolls into Jerez. The Japanese star has already made his mark on the premier category with three successive top-10 finishes in the opening three races of the calendar.
Last time out in Austin he produced a battling display to hang on for tenth place, despite suffering with grip issues during the race. Another top-10 is likely to be the least of his ambitions this weekend after his superb performance at the winter test at the Circuito de Jerez last November when he finished the two-day session on top of the timesheets – even eclipsing world champion Marc Marquez.
“For me, another two weekends off between races is a little bit too much, but this has given me the time to prepare very well in Spain for Jerez, so I will be really ready to fight this weekend. I’m pretty confident with the track because in the winter tests last November we were really strong – P1 – and my lap times were good. But conditions will have changed since then, with higher temperatures, so the track will feel different compared to November. Anyway, the team is working well and I already made some plans for the weekend with my crew chief Giacomo [Guidotti]. The weather forecast looks okay and I like the track, so let’s see what happens!”
Red Bull KTM Tech3 crew is ready to kick off the European season
Following two weekends off, Red Bull KTM Tech3’s Miguel Oliveira and Hafizh Syahrin can’t wait to be back this weekend for the Gran Premio Red Bull de España at Jerez de la Frontera in a few days, which will be the opening of the twelve European rounds of the 2019 MotoGP World Championship.
While premier class newcomer Oliveira is arriving at the fourth round of the season, which is closest to his Portuguese home, with seven points in his pocket and eager to increase his account, Syahrin is ready to fight for his first top 15 result this year starting with FP1 at 9.55 local time this Friday. Nevertheless, the traditional Spanish circuit will be a place, where both, Oliveira and Syahrin already collected some data while testing in November. In addition, the Red Bull KTM Tech3 duo will have the chance to further improve on Monday during the first of three official post-race test days in 2019.
“Jerez is a very nice Grand Prix, first of all, because it’s very close to my country. It’s the closest GP we get from Portugal and therefore also the biggest attendance from Portuguese fans, so it’s very special for me. It’s also a track, which I like a lot, so I’m looking forward very much to ride there again. After the test in November of course there are already some points, which I know, I need to improve on my riding. So, it’s going to be a fantastic weekend, I can’t wait to see all the team again after two weeks and get ready to work. Of course, the target for this race is to fight for the points again and I think this is where we should stay the whole season. After the result in Austin I want to get back up and work hard to improve.”
“At the moment this season is quite difficult. We were struggling during the first race, improved during the second round, but struggled again last time out in Texas. Therefore, I don’t really understand everything at the moment, but I believe we can fight. The team is pushing really hard and I feel better prepared, because after the race in Austin I was working even harder on my physical condition, so I hope we arrive in Jerez in good shape. I really wish we can improve our feeling, plus we will have some things to test there. I will try to stay with some other riders in order to learn more. Let’s see, what we can do, I just hope the best and will give my best:”
“Although we really enjoyed the first three races outside of Europe, still for us the ‘real’ Championship starts in Europe, in Jerez. It’s always a different atmosphere, a different organization to race in Europe. We have our hospitalities, we can spend more time with our friends, guests and the team can be more united than outside of Europe. Clearly, Jerez is a very, very special place. Andalusia is an incredible location, but it’s also a circuit, where you have a unique atmosphere. Spring is coming in Andalusia, which is always a great show. But also, the first European race, where the European fans can come with their bikes to see the paddock and see very tough and incredible close racing there. This is what makes Jerez unique and I think it’s one of the most special events in our calendar. This year it’s even more special for us, because it’s a Red Bull Grand Prix and hopefully – we will make everything we can – we will be able to make our title sponsor proud and happy. We arrive with a very good feeling with Miguel. Two races in the points, a circuit he likes and hopefully we can continue on the base we’ve been working on throughout the first three races. Hafizh has been testing with us in November at this circuit. I think he understands the KTM RC16 better and better and he will be very eager to show his potential, his talent. Spain is also his second home country, because this is where he is having his home base during the European season and we expect a tough battle in between Miguel and Hafizh. Hopefully they will push each other, which is, what we want to see. We know this is also a very important rendezvous, because we have the test on Monday, where KTM for sure is giving us some new things to try, which is part of the evolution process and we are also very eager, impatient and excited to go through this test on Monday. But first let’s start on Friday with FP1, hopefully under the Andalusian sun.”
CRUTCHLOW FEELING POSITIVE ABOUT JEREZ CHANCES
PRESS RELEASE: 02 May 2019 | Jerez GP Preview
After the misfortune of the last round in Texas three weeks ago, Cal Crutchlow is hoping for a positive result in the first MotoGP race of 2019 on European soil. Round four of the calendar takes place at the Circuito de Jerez this weekend and the LCR Honda CASTROL rider will be determined to turn his undoubted pace into big points in Southern Spain.
After a podium finish in Qatar, Crutchlow emerged from the races in Argentina and Austin with just three points despite being amongst the pacesetters in most sessions. However, the Briton is remaining upbeat and, after securing pole position in Jerez 12 months ago, believes he is well capable of challenging at the front once again.
“I’m really looking forward to racing to Jerez, which is a circuit that I like and where I’ve had some good performances, like pole position last year. We know the circuit is good for us and we are able to be fast there, so hopefully we can have a good strong weekend. I think it’s very important to have a good result after the disappointments of Argentina and America. I’m looking forward to working with the team over the weekend and we are all motivated to work hard alongside Honda to get another good result.”
Tito Rabat and Karel Abraham arrive motivated to the first European round of the championship
After the Grand Prix of the Americas where the two pilots of the Reale Avintia Racing arrive at the first European event of the year, the RedBull Grand Prix of Spain with a view to finding the best results
Tito Rabat, arrive motivated the first GP of the year on Spanish soil. A Grand Prix always special for ours, since the Circuito de Jerez is emblematic and all the pilots are eager to run in it. After the previous appointments, Rabat has improved for Jerez and is willing to do everything possible to live the fans to a good show. His teammate, Karel Abraham, arrive with the curiosity of the event and the new layout of the circuit and helping in the search for the best times of the Ducati.
''After this start of the season that has not been what we expected, I am already a bit better on the leg. Jerez is the race to which I come better with a difference from the races so far. We run at home, it seems that it will be good weather and I am super motivated. My mechanics boss, Jarno is also very motivated and here we are going to try to take that step that we lack''
''It's our first european round this year so I'm looking forward to it. I'm quite curious to see what the race track looks like after they made the new asfalt so I'm quite excited but I like the layout so I think it's going to be an interesting weekend for sure.”
MICHELIN FACES ANOTHER CHALLENGE AS MOTOGP HEADS TO EUROPE
Michelin and MotoGP™ have returned from the season-opening fly-away tour and now set-up camp in Europe for the next 11-races as the championship heads first of all to Spain and the Gran Premio Red Bull de España at the Circuito de Jerez – Angel Nieto.
This will be another big challenge for the Michelin Technicians as the Jerez circuit has undergone massive repair work during the close-season to fix the issues with the surface following last year’s resurfacing. Substantial parts of the track have again been resurfaced and this will give another aspect in the preparations for the 25-lap race for all concerned.
Michelin has been kept involved in the latest work that has been carried out on the 4,423m circuit, but due to the nature of the MotoGP calendar it has had no chance to test the new surface, so the French company will be bringing a larger allocation of tyres to Jerez than is usually made available to the teams. This weekend’s selection will feature four front and four rear MICHELIN Power Slick tyres, designed to give as much choice for the teams and riders to get the optimum performance from the bikes on the asphalt. The front range will be available in soft, medium and two hard compounds, all in a symmetric design, with the same mixture available for the rear, but this time featuring an asymmetric finish with a harder right-hand-side to cope with the eight right turns which give extra demands to the tyre, compared to just five left corners.
Located just outside of Jerez de la Frontera in the Andalusian region of southern Spain, the Circuit de Jerez – Angel Nieto was constructed in 1986 and staged its first Grand Prix the following year. It has become the traditional first European Grand Prix of the season and as such is a very popular and colourful event, with huge crowds in attendance the whole weekend. It is an area that is noted for consistently pleasant weather, but wet weather is always a possibility, so Michelin will have a range of MICHELIN Power Rain tyres to combat such conditions. These will be in a soft and medium compound for both the front and rear, with the rears having an asymmetric design with a harder right-hand-side.
Michelin and the MotoGP field will kick-off track action on Friday 3rd May with two Free Practice sessions; this will be followed by two further sessions on the Saturday ahead of the all-important Qualifying in the afternoon. Sunday’s first European Grand Prix of the season will get underway at 14.00hrs local time (13.00hrs BST, 14.00hrs CEST, 12.00hrs UTC).
Piero Taramasso – Michelin Motorsport Two-Wheel Manager:
“This weekend is another big test for us and has echoes of our return to MotoGP in 2016. Then we were going to many tracks where we had no data and this weekend is similar as the track has had a lot of resurfacing since we tested there last November. Because of this we are permitted by the regulations to take four front and four rear specifications of slick tyre, so we have selected a range we believe will be ideally matched to the circuit’s asphalt from the information we have from last year and have received from the company that has done the work, and from the circuit. We are confident we have the right compounds for the new surface and are looking forward to racing in Europe after a hectic start to the season with the two fly-away tests and three fly-away races.”
Winnowing the key stats: 10 things to know about the Grand Prix of Spain
After reconquering the top spot in the Riders (with Andrea Dovizioso) and Constructors rankings in the GP of the Americas, the Mission Winnow Ducati team is ready to resume action at Jerez de la Frontera (Spain) for the fourth round of the season, scheduled for May 3-5. Let's discover 10 key statistics about the Spanish round:
- In May 2018, the Jerez circuit was re-named after Ángel Nieto to honor the Spanish rider and 13-time world champion, who passed away the summer before.
- On Sunday, Jerez will host a MotoGP race for the 32nd time. The track is third in the all-time list for number of GPs hosted behind Assen, which is the only track that has been on the calendar since the beginning of the championship in 1949, and Spa-Francorchamps, which hosted 40 races.
- Ducati seized a win in MotoGP at Jerez in 2006 with Loris Capirossi, and collected for more podiums on the same track – curiously, all third place finishes: with Bayliss in 2003, Stoner in 2009, Hayden in 2011 and Lorenzo in 2017.
- Ducati took its maiden MotoGP pole position at Jerez in 2003 with Loris Capirossi, in what was also only the third ever outing of the Italian motorcycle in the Championship.
- Should he finish the race in the top three positions, Andrea Dovizioso would collect his 94th podium in MotoGP, tying Mick Doohan in fourth place for most podium finishes in the premier class.
- Andrea Dovizioso will ride his 200th MotoGP race on Sunday.
- Aside from Andrea Dovizioso, only Marc Márquez and Valentino Rossi collected more than one podium in the first three races of the season.
- Andrea Dovizioso's best results at Jerez are two third-place finishes achieved in 2006 and 2007 in the 250cc class. Dovizioso's best result in MotoGP at Jerez to date is a fifth place scored in 2014.
- Danilo Petrucci enjoyed his best race result at Jerez last year, when he was fourth on the Desmosedici GP of the Pramac Racing Team.
- During last year's winter tests at Jerez, Danilo Petrucci posted the best ever lap by Ducati on this track with a 1:37.968.