Previews of the Jerez round from the Moto2 and Moto3 teams:
NAVARRO CHARGED UP FOR HOME RACE AT JEREZ
The long European leg of the Moto2 World Championship is about to start at ‘Circuito de Jerez’, the venue hosting the fourth Grand Prix of the 2017 season. Jorge Navarro (Federal Oil Gresini Team) hopes to well impress in front of his home crowd, after the good signs of improvement shown in Texas two weekends ago.
The Valencian series rookie has so far finished in the points twice out of three races and now hopes to do even better on the Andalusian track, where he has already ridden his Kalex machine during the pre-season official test – with some encouraging results.
Navarro, whose previously-injured left shoulder showed no sign of damage following the extensive medical check-up performed by Dr Mir after his return from Texas, is ready to put up a battle around the fast-flowing Spanish circuit. Moto2 action will get underway this Friday at 10:55 with the first free practice session.
JORGE NAVARRO #9
“I really look forward to race at Jerez, the first Grand Prix of the season and my home event! Last winter’s test there went really well and I had a good feeling with the bike around this track. We know what we’re doing good and we’re also aware of what we need to improve. We will try a softer tyre option and I will do my best to adapt quickly; I’m sure that racing in front of my home fans will give me extra motivation.
Mir ready to defend title lead at home
The leader of the Moto3 championship, Joan Mir, arrives home with a focus on success and consolidating his lead in the standings. Teammate Livio Loi is determined to show his true speed on his Leopard Racing machine.
After over a month of country jumping and airports, the World Championship finally arrives in Europe for the fourth round of 2017. The Gran Premio de España, on the Circuito de Velocidad of Jerez de la Frontera, is a truly classic GP and signifies the start of a busy phase in the calendar of on-off racing for the coming weeks.
Located in the heart of Andalusia, the circuit was built in 1986 and is one of the most popular and well known tracks on the calendar, always attracting thousands of enthusiasts. 4.4 km long, with 5 left corners and 8 on the right, its features make it one of the most popular tracks for testing.
The Leopard Racing Team are looking to leave behind the troubles that emerged in Texas and to try and return to the encouraging performance of the first two races of the season in Qatar and Argentina. Both Joan Mir and Livio Loi have figured out their Honda NSF250RW, picking up two wins and precious points at the start of the season.
Jerez is an important round for Joan Mir, who is out to defend his home from the charge of his rivals. He knows the Andalusian track well and wants to make up for his 8th place in the United States, disappointment after two extraordinary wins at the start of the season. The 19-year-old from Palma de Mallorca will do his utmost to be well represented in front of his fans, working hard from FP1 to have the tools in his belt to challenge for a podium at the very least.
His teammate Livio Loi also heads to Andalusia with the desire to redeem himself. On several occasions the Belgian has shown the speed and tenacity needed for the podium when duelling out on track, closing in on the front and learning the tricks to ride with the top of the class. With years of experience in Jerez, Loi will be looking for a serious haul of points.
Competition in the Moto3 category is ruthless and it will not be an easy GP for the Leopard Racing Team. Mir will have to keep an eye on his rivals, in particular fellow Spaniard Jorge Martin (the only rider to claim three podiums in the first three races) and the reborn Roman Fenati (who has triumphed in Jerez in 2012 and 2014). We’ll know how it all ends on Sunday…
Estrella Galicia 0,0 move on to Jerez for first European action of 2017
Aron Canet and Enea Bastinini will participate in the fourth Moto3 round of the season this weekend, at the Circuito de Jerez.
After Grands Prix in Qatar, Argentina and the United States thus far in 2017, the Moto3 World Championship arrives in Europe this weekend. The Spanish Grand Prix takes place at the Circuito de Jerez, where the Estrella Galicia 0,0 team undertook an intense preseason test in which Aron Canet topped every session.
Aron Canet and his crew arrive in Jerez with a desire to fight for victory, after having found an optimum setup at their elected testing track during preseason. The Spaniard, who has taken a step forward at the Andalusian track, has unfinished business with the circuit: He was unable to finish last season’s race because of a crash when riding in eighth, 18 laps from the chequered flag.
Estrella Galicia 0,0 teammate Enea Bastinini comes into the weekend off the back of his best result of the season so far. The Italian was fourth at the GP of The Americas, and hopes to continue making progress in his search for the optimum setup for his Honda at the Circuito de Jerez. He finished eighth at the Spanish GP in 2016.
The Moto3 riders will begin the first European round of the season on Friday, May 5th, from 9am local time. The race itself takes place on Sunday at 11am.
Before then, Estrella Galicia 0,0 have organised two hour-long meet & greet events to bring the riders closer to the fans:
11th in the overall standings with 13 points
"We hope to be able to fight to be as close to the podium as possible, as we did in Austin"
"We’re going to the Circuito de Jerez, where we worked very intensely during preseason. After the progress we have made in finding a setup that will allow me to ride with more confidence, I hope that at Jerez we can have the best feeling right from the opening day, and try to qualify well for the race on Sunday. I hope to be able to fight to be as close to the podium as possible, as we did in Austin."
8th in the overall standings with 18 points
"We had a great preseason test in Jerez, so we arrive very motivated"
"I've always said that the Circuito de Jerez is not one of my favourite tracks, but this year we had a great preseason test there, so we arrive very motivated. We achieved an optimum setup for this technical track, which so far has helped us to always be amongst the top group in the Grands Prix at Qatar, Argentina and the United States this season. I hope to be able to fight for a top result in front of the Spanish fans, who always give you that boost in motivation when you ride at your home track.”
Here comes the sun: McPhee sets sights on Jerez
BTT back on European soil in southern Spain
The British Talent Team are on a roll in 2017. Fighting for the first two wins of the year and then cutting a valuable point off the Championship gap in Texas, John McPhee arrives in Jerez third in the title standings and only nine points off the top.
Jerez is a different challenge to the Circuit of the Americas, with a length of 4.4km and a longest straight of only 607m – half as long as that of Austin. There are five left-handers and eight right, with many named after Spanish legends past and present. The final corner, now named 'Jorge Lorenzo', has staged more than its fair share of last lap drama.
McPhee has three solid points finishes at the Circuito de Jerez on his record, and the venue is one at which the Moto3™ grid began their Official Testing this season with the BTT debuting in the top ten on the timesheets. One of the true classics on the calendar, the incredible atmosphere, layout and location make for a perfect start to the European leg of the MotoGP™ season.
Moto3™ lead the way as always on Friday morning, with pitlane opening at 9:00 local time (GMT +1) on May 5th for FP1. We go racing on Sunday morning at 11:00.
John McPhee: “It’s been a great start to the Championship with two podiums and then cutting the Championship gap in Texas. Now I’m ready to head back to Europe and to Jerez, where we’ve already tested and we have a great base to start from. It’s also a track I like and I think it should be a good one for me and the team. Now my focus is on getting back on the podium, and being as strong as possible throughout every race like we know we can. It's a long year ahead but I'm excited for the challenge!”
Unstoppable Morbidelli marches on to Jerez
Team Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS rider Franco Morbidelli heads to the Spanish Grand Prix at Jerez this weekend determined to continue the perfect form that has secured him emphatic victories in all three Moto2 races so far this season.
Morbidelli has dominated the intermediate class in 2017 with three wins, two of which were from pole position, but the 22-year-old Italian is under no illusions as to how difficult it will be to maintain his perfect record this weekend in Jerez.
The track is one that is well known to Moto2 riders and one at which the majority have completed hundreds of testing laps. It's also a track at which Morbidelli's closest championship rival, Tom Lüthi, has finished on the podium three times in the past.
Morbidelli could also face a stiff challenge from his Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS teammate, Álex Márquez, who will be racing in front of a partisan home crowd this weekend.
Márquez is the only rider to have mounted a serious challenge to Morbidelli for the win this season, pushing his teammate all the way in Argentina before crashing out on the final lap. The 21-year-old Spaniard also beat his teammate to the top spot in preseason testing at Jerez, a situation he'd be happy to see repeated this weekend as Team Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS return for the first European race of the season.
"Right now I have no idea if I can go to Jerez and win for the fourth time in a row. All I can do is see how things go in the first free practice sessions, because Jerez is a track that everyone knows well from testing and a lot of people are going to be fast there. I'm sure I'm not going to have it all my own way this weekend. Tom Lüthi will be strong again; he has been right behind me in all the races so far this season and I think the same will be true in Jerez. We will work in the same way as we have done all season and then see where we are on Sunday when the lights go out."
"Jerez is always special for me. It's the first Spanish race of the season and I like the track a lot. The atmosphere is always incredible, but we can't afford to be distracted and we need to concentrate fully all weekend in the same way as we have done at the opening three races. This is a circuit where I was fastest in preseason testing and, although racing is always different, it's also a track at which I'm confident we can try and push for the win if all goes well in practice and qualifying."
Red Bull KTM Ajo travel to Jerez for first European race of the year
Niccolo Antonelli and Bo Bendsneyder face the Red Bull Spanish GP hungry for good results.
05/03/2017 - Jerez Circuit, Spain
The Red Bull KTM Ajo team head to Jerez Circuit this weekend, for the fourth event of the Moto3 season -the first in Europe. Niccolo Antonelli and Bo Bendsneyder have already been able to ride at the Andalusian track this year, in two tests -one official and one private- that they concluded with very positive feelings. After three difficult rounds so far this season, both face the Red Bull Spanish GP with the ambition of obtaining a good result.
The two preseason runouts at Jerez with his KTM were important for Niccolo Antonelli, as he continued learning about his new bike. The Italian rider had an unfortunate race at the Spanish track in 2016, as a mechanical problem on the grid forced him to start from pitlane and he was unable to complete the contest. In 2012 he took his best result there in Moto3, finishing 8th.
Bo Bendsneyder has fond memories of Jerez, after winning there in both Red Bull Rookies Cup races in 2015. During preseason testing he was one of the most solid riders on the Moto3 grid, and wants to regain this good feeling after an unlucky start to the year. In 2016, the Dutchman finished 21st in his first World Championship round at the Andalusian track.
Last year’s Red Bull Spanish GP saw an historic first victory for Brad Binder in the Moto3 World Championship. The South African made an incredible comeback from last position (starting 35th), to win the race at Jerez and set up his eventual title triumph.
This Sunday’s Moto3 race will be held at the regular European time slot of 11am local time.
23 NICCOLO ANTONELLI
"The goal for this Grand Prix is to work well from Friday’s practice sessions and have a good race on Sunday. We already have references and data for the bike at this circuit, so I hope they serve us well. If we do a good job on Friday and Saturday, this will allow us to attack and be strong in the race. Jerez is not one of my favourite tracks, but I'm hoping to change that dynamic this weekend and get a good result."
64 BO BENDSNEYDER
"I'm looking forward to this weekend in Jerez. We did a lot of testing here during the winter and we usually get a good setup at this circuit. As always, we will work very hard, we will fight for a good position and after that we will see what happens. We're going to fight to do our best over the weekend and complete a good race; we deserve it."
Oliveira and Cardus start run of European races at Jerez
Red Bull KTM Ajo Moto2 riders start race in Europe for the first time this season at the Red Bull Spanish Grand Prix, with the aim of further developing their KTM and achieving great results.
05/03/2017 - Jerez Circuit, Spain
After three successful races for the Red Bull KTM Ajo team –including their first podium in Moto2– the World Championship arrives in Jerez, Spain, this weekend. The first European round on the calendar, the Red Bull Spanish GP is effectively a home race for Miguel Oliveira due to the proximity of Jerez to Portugal. Ricky Cardus, a native Spaniard, contests his home round standing in for the injured Brad Binder for the second race in a row.
Oliveira has enjoyed success at Jerez Circuit in previous seasons. It was there that he achieved his first podium with the Red Bull KTM Ajo team in Moto3 (2015), placing second in what is also his best result at the Andalusian track to date. Last season, in Moto2, the Portuguese rider did not finish the race. After three rounds this year and good results on his KTM Moto2 bike, Oliveira heads to Jerez with the motivation to perform well at what is the closest race to a home GP on the calendar: Many fans will make the short trip from Portugal to cheer him on this weekend. Preseason testing at the track will allow him to be able to start Friday with setup ideas already in mind.
For the second consecutive event, Ricky Cardus will replace Brad Binder as the South African recovers from surgery to his left forearm. The Spanish rider performed well onboard his KTM at Austin, where he finished 14th –collecting 2 points– and was among the Top 10 during most of the previous practice sessions. At the Red Bull Spanish Grand Prix, with the fans behind him, Cardus will try for another good showing. His best finish in the intermediate class at Jerez is a 13th place in 2014.
The Moto2 World Championship race will be held on Sunday, May 7th, at 12:20pm local time.
44 MIGUEL OLIVEIRA
"After getting sixth position in Austin, we arrive at Jerez wanting to do better. The tests there in preseason were pretty good, and I think we have a good chance to get back into the Top 5 and continue working in a positive way. The team are very motivated to do better, and so am I. Jerez is a circuit that suits my style quite well, especially with the KTM. I am very motivated to race in front of all the Portuguese fans that are going to make the trip to the circuit to accompany me at this Grand Prix. I think we can do well and achieve a good result."
88 RICKY CARDUS
"We come into this weekend with the idea of improving the base we established at Austin, where we had a good showing both in practice and qualifying. My aim is to be able to qualify a bit higher up; we will work hard on our pace with more of a focus on the race, in order to take a step forward with respect to the Red Bull GP of The Americas. We must focus on trying things out from the opening day, gaining experience and riding with the KTM to be able to be higher up on the grid. I will treat this like a home Grand Prix, as I want to make the most of this second opportunity to enjoy this great team, this great factory, bike and crew. My goal is to be more competitive and gain experience with this great team."
Moto3TM back in Europe
Preview: Jerez GP 2017
After the first three races of the season were held overseas the FIM Motorcycle World Championship is back in Europe now. At the upcoming weekend the pilots will race in the “Gran Premio Red Bull de Espana” in Jerez, Spain.
After the difficult races overseas the team of Peugeot Motocycles SAXOPRINT is now looking forward to racing on European soil. Following the Americas Grand Prix the squad is now fully focused on pooling their power to come back stronger and attack during the next race in Jerez, Spain. This time everyone in the team knows the track. The riders and their crews have already been testing on the Circuit de Jerez in March and showed quite a good performance during all days. Of course the squad of Peugeot Motocycles SAXOPRINT is hoping to build on this performance and be part of the haul for points this time.
Since many years the “Gran Premio Red Bull de Espana” is the opening event for the FIM Motorcycle World Championship on European soil. Based in the province Cadiz the traditional track was built in 1986 and is part of the race calendar for 30 years now. All along the circuit is very popular along riders and spectators. Every year thousands of fans swarm to the 4.4 kilometer-long track to have a big party on the weekend.
Besides their enthusiasm for motorsports the area around Jerez de la Frontera is known for their beautiful landscape. Having a few nice towns along the coast this part of Andalusia is the best place to combine engine noise with a relaxing holiday.
For the Moto3 category the weekend starts on Friday with the first Free Practice at 9am. The race will kick off on Sunday at 11am.
#84 Jakub Kornfeil:
"I am happy that we are back in Europe now after such a long time overseas. I am looking forward to seeing some of my sponsors and the fans and I hope we can have some fun at the weekend. After the pre-season test in March, which went very well for me, my expectations for the upcoming weekend are quite high. The circuit in Jerez is one of my favourite tracks. I like the surroundings and the excitement during the weekend. I am feeling better again and if it stays like this I think I can show a really good performance. If we work very hard during the weekend I am sure we can achieve a satisfying result. Of course this time we want to finish in the points – it´s time now I think. I am ready to fight so bring on Jerez!"
#4 Patrik Pulkkinen:
"After the Americas GP I am looking to Jerez in quite a positive mood. We did some good work there and I like to continue this way. This time it´s not a completely new track for me so I want to show an even better performance. I like the track especially all the corners but I still have to learn a lot. This weekend I want to concentrate on improving my riding further. I hope I can do some laps with other riders and learn as much as possible from them. For me it´s important to be able to stay with my group during the race and fight for positions with them. That´s the best way to learn for me in the end."
Baldassarri and Marini enthusiastic about the opening European round in Spain
With decent results in their pockets Forward Racing Team’s Lorenzo Baldassarri and Luca Marini are more than ready for the first encounter on their home continent, which takes place this upcoming weekend at the popular Jerez de la Frontera circuit.
On one hand, Baldassarri heads to the 4.428 km track with 21 points on his Moto2 World Championship account, which places him seventh overall, after an unfortunate incident at the Americas GP, where he got caught out by an opponent in turn 12 of the first lap. For the fourth race of the 2017 season, the 20-year old now aims to recover as many points as possible on one of his favourite tracks.
In the meantime, Marini was able to catch up with his team mate by finishing in a fantastic tenth position in Austin, after starting from P23 on the grid. The promising Italian heads to the Spanish GP with 20 points on his tally, holding the eight spot in the world standing. Like Baldassarri, Marini can’t wait to get back to Jerez, where he intends to take advantage of the knowledge collected during the recent pre-season testing in order to be competitive from the word go.
The Spanish Grand Prix kicks off with the first free practice for the Moto2 class at 10:45 local time on Friday.
“After the three flyaways it’s time for us to turn the page. We had a solid start into the championship, but a regrettable end to the trip in Austin, so we basically start from scratch now in Europe. Jerez is one of the tracks I like most and where I have really good memories. The layout itself fits my riding style quite well, as it’s flowing with a lot of fast corners. Honestly, I can’t wait to get there and start the GP. The main target is to be fast and consistent from the first session on, to show a strong qualifying performance on Saturday and to be well prepared for the race on Sunday.”
“Jerez is a track that I like a lot. It’s also an important race in the championship for all the riders, because it’s the first round in Europe, so this GP is always something special. This year, I arrive in Andalusia in a very good mood, as I’m truly happy about my bike, about my team and full of confidence. I know the track a lot better than many others, because I was already racing there in the Spanish Championship. I think, if we work really well, I can compete with the top riders and score another good result. Therefore, I’m primed and convinced that we will have a fantastic weekend.”
Giovanni Cuzari – Team Owner
“I’m really excited to come back to Europe, which feels like coming home. Our riders truly like the Jerez de la Frontera Circuit, both, Lorenzo and Luca know the track well and appreciate it very much. We start the European season in a positive spirit: Lorenzo, despite the unexpected accident in Austin, is ready to turn the page and hit the track. Meanwhile, Luca arrives with a great feeling with the bike in Andalusia, after the satisfying race in Texas. I’m very pleased with this and want to thank the team. We all can’t wait to start the European rounds. The goal is to be competitive from Friday on and I’m sure, that both our guys will be able to give us huge satisfaction.”
GREEN LIGHT FOR THE EUROPEAN SEASON OF THE TWO WHEELS AT JEREZ
The young talents of the Sky Racing Team VR46 on track on the historic and demanding Andalusian track looking for results. In Moto2, Bagnaia and Manzi on their Kalex between confirmations and steps forward. In Moto3, Bulega and Migno are ready to reduce the gap.
Jerez de la Frontera (Andalusia, Spain), May 4th, 2017 - Green light for the European season of the two wheels for the Sky Racing Team VR46, this weekend at Jerez de la Frontera for the Spanish Grand Prix.
Sweet memories link the team of young Italian talents to the Andalusian track: last year, in fact, Nicolò Bulega scored the first pole position in his career and was second in the race. On the podium with him, after a rookily overtaking at the last turn, Pecco Bagnaia.
Even this year, our expectations are important. The Moto2 team is called to compete on the track where we spent most of the pre season. The data collected during the winter will allow Bagnaia to stay closer to the Top guys since the free practices, while for Manzi the goal is to recude the gap with the group.
In Moto3, considering the results of the official tests of the last March, where Bulega was the fastest, the Andalusian track is well suited to the technical features of the KTM. Bulega and Migno are able to fight with the strongest guys for important points.
PABLO NIETO - Team Manager
It is time for the European season! Racing in Jerez is special because is one of the most historic, symbolic and difficult track of the whole calendar. In Moto3, we have so many beautiful memories on this track. A circuit that is well suited to KTM where we will work hard for achieving important points. In Moto2, compared to the other races, we can use all the data we recorded during the pre season. Pecco can stay closer to the Top guys and Stefano can approach the group.
I'm happy to back to Europe: Jerez is a track I know very well and on which I've been getting some satisfaction, even last year. Compared to other races, we have many more references and data from which we can start to revise the setting.
After the race in the US, I can not wait to back at work on my Kalex. I know very well the Jerez track, but during the pre season, I practically missed both test sessions. We have to work hard and make the step we miss to reduce the gap.
In Austin I was expecting something more, but the qualification compromised how good we did during the weekend. Jerez is one of the most difficult track of the calendar: there is always an incredible atmosphere in this paddock, so much passion and fans. There will be an extra motivation to get back at work with the whole Team.
Jerez is definitely one of my favorite tracks: last year I had a memorable weekend with the first pole and the first podium in my career. In Austin I made the race I wanted in the top group with so many overtakings and close to the strongest guys until the last corner. KTM will definitely be more competitive on this track, so I’m confident.
Gran Premio de España: Preview
Coming off a fantastic victory in Texas, the Marinelli Rivacold Snipers Team opens the box number 41 at Jerez circuit, under the best auspices. On this track, his top rider Romano Fenati already got two wins (2012 and 2014) while the French rider, his teammate, crossed the finishing line ninth last year. The Jerez track is 4.4 km long with 13 corners, 5 left and 8 right.
Romano Fenati: "I am happy to be at Jerez, a track I really like and where I have great memories. Here we'll try to find the right feeling from the first free practices as it will be a difficult race".
Jules Danilo: "In Texas we did a great job and this gave me an extra motivation to continue to train hard. Now we focus on Jerez, a track I like a lot and where we will continue the work started at Austin. The weather conditions would be good, apart from Friday, and I am ready to face the race weekend".