2018 Jerez Moto2 and Moto3 Preview Press Releases

Press releases from the Moto2 and Moto3 teams:

Márquez and Mir ready to do battle at home

After three overseas races to kick off the 2018 season Team Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS land in Europe this weekend, for round four of the Moto2 World Championship at the Jerez circuit in Southern Spain.

With two podium finishes in the first three races Álex Márquez arrives in Jerez third in the championship standings and tied on points with second placed Mattia Pasini, with both just 10 points adrift of series leader and Americas GP winner, Francesco Bagnaia.

Márquez's confidence is high heading into the first of four home races at Jerez where he took his first win in the intermediate class 12 months ago, a feat he is keen to repeat this weekend.

Joan Mir arrives in Jerez off the back of an incredible performance last time out at the Americas GP in Austin. The reigning Moto3 World Champion was in 20th position at the end of the opening lap after being hit by Luca Marini in turn one, but battled his way through the field to finish an impressive fourth.

His Austin result marked out Moto2 rookie Mir as a rider to watch this season and a podium challenge is a realistic possibility for the Mallorcan this weekend at Jerez, as he looks to improve on his seventh position in the championship standings.

Both Márquez and Mir tested at the resurfaced Jerez circuit back in November, but warmer weather means track conditions will be very different for this weekend's Spanish Grand Prix.

Álex Márquez:

"It's been a good start to the season, with strong finishes in the three races so far and just a ten point gap to the top of the championship standings. We need to continue in this way when we land back in Europe and the calendar starts to get a bit busier, starting this weekend in Jerez. This is a track I really enjoy and it's where I took my first Moto2 win last year, so I'm looking forward to returning. The target is the podium, but if I have the possibility to win then I'll try to do exactly that."

Joan Mir:

"The progression in my first three races in Moto2 has been good, with both my qualifying and finishing positions improving every race. We need to continue in this way once we land back in Europe. Jerez is quite a difficult track because everyone tests there and everyone is fast as a result. But we arrive for the next race with a good base and I'm looking forward to the weekend ahead."

Canet, Alonso and Alcoba ready for Spanish GP home race

Aron Canet returns to the scene of his first Grand Prix victory. Alonso Lopez takes on a familiar circuit, whilst Jeremy Alcoba will participate as wildcard.

Aron Canet finished an intense preseason at the track, and was one of the standout riders on each day of testing. Thus far in 2018 he has earned two podiums and an eighth place, putting the 18 year old second in the overall standings. Last year at Jerez, Canet took his first ever victory in the Moto3 World Championship.

In his first year in the World Championship, Alonso Lopez is motivated for the opening European round of the season. He has prior experience of Jerez from his time in other series with the Monlau Repsol Technical School - Estrella Galicia 0,0 - Marc VDS project, such as the RFME Spanish ​​Championship and the FIM CEV Repsol. It is the first track this campaign at which he has ridden before.

The Estrella Galicia 0,0 Moto3 team will also run Jeremy Alcoba as a wildcard at the Spanish GP. The 16-year-old, from Tortosa (Tarragona), currently competes in the Moto3 Junior World Championship in the FIM CEV Repsol with the Junior Team Estrella Galicia 0,0. In 2017 he was a teammate of Alonso Lopez in the Moto3 Junior World Championship, finishing fifth overall. Alcoba will seek to accumulate valuable experience to aid his quest for the FIM CEV Repsol title.

Moto3 action at Jerez begins on Friday at 9:00am with the first Free Practice session for the Spanish Grand Prix. The race is scheduled for Sunday at 11:00am.

Estrella Galicia 0,0 events

The Estrella Galicia 0,0 rider will also participate in two events that the Galician brewing company have organised for this Grand Prix. On Wednesday, May 2nd at 8:00pm, Canet will share the stage with Thomas Luthi at the Hontoria Garden Bar on Avenida Alcalde Alvaro Domecq, on the corner of Paseo de la Rosaleda in Jerez.

On Thursday, May 3rd at 1:00pm, he will be at the Hipercor de Jerez, located on Avenida de Andalucía, 34, meeting fans and signing posters.

The Wildcard Work Experience Program

The Spanish GP is always a special occasion, and Alcoba will not be the only guest for the team. Three students from Monlau Repsol Technical School will participate in a pioneering initiative in the World Championship, called "The Wildcard Work Experience Program." Two final-year students on the Motorcycle Racing Mechanics course, and one from the Masters in Competition Engineering course, will work under the tutelage of the Team Estrella Galicia 0,0 engineers and mechanics.

Aron Canet

2nd in the overall standings with 48 points

"Our goal will be to match the result from last year"

"After competing at international circuits we finally get to a home Grand Prix. The Spanish Grand Prix is always special because of the atmosphere; the encouragement from the fans makes you even more motivated. Without a doubt, we will work to give our all in each session and our goal will be to match last year's result."

Alonso López

13th in the overall standings with 10 points

"Riding at Jerez is always special"

"I have learned a lot at the three Grands Prix that we have undertaken so far, and our goal will be to continue making progress at the Spanish GP. Although it is a circuit that I already know, I have to take the weekend with calm because the level of competition is higher than in the FIM CEV Repsol, so we will work to ride with a good pace and be as far up the order as possible for the race on Sunday. Riding at Jerez is always special and we will try to do a good job."

Jeremy Alcoba


"It will be a great opportunity to learn"

"Participating as a wildcard at the Spanish GP will undoubtedly be a great opportunity to learn and accumulate experience. I am looking forward to getting out on track and testing myself against the rest of the World Championship riders with whom I have previously competed in the FIM CEV Repsol. Although I already know the circuit, we will have to work hard to try to be as close as possible to this level.”


It is spring time at Jerez de la Frontera, with – hopefully – mild temperatures and engine soon roaring, as the MotoGP World Championship prepares for the start of the long, european leg of the 2018 season.

Jorge Navarro is back to action after the positive performance at Austin, in which he was able to go all the way from 19th on the grid to 8th place at the finish line of COTA’s Moto2 race.

2018 so far has seen some up-and-down moments for the Team Federal Oil Gresini Moto2 rider – the downs being basically the coming together of Termas, of which he had no blame – and at Jerez, not among his favourite tracks on the calendar, Navarro hopes to continue in the right direction.

With thirteen corners spread on a 4.4km-long strip of asphalt located in the beautiful Andalusia, the “Circuito of Jerez” will give Navarro a great opportunity to shine, starting from Moto2’s FP1 session which will get underway at 10:55 local time (GMT +2).


“We are finally back in Europe, hence to the “normal” schedule. I really look forward to be racing in front of my home crowd and, after the race at Austin, I am even more motivated and aggressive. I must admit that Jerez is not among my favourite tracks, because I never enjoyed great results there: I will rely on the support of my fans, family and friends who will come visit there, who will push me for a strong result.”


Team Del Conca Gresini is ready to attack the European leg of the Moto3 World Championship - which begins this weekend at Jerez de la Frontera – after the first three convincing events of the season in Qatar, Argentina and Texas. Always on the podium with two wins and currently leading both rider and team standings, for the team and its riders Jorge Martin and Fabio Di Giannantonio it is time to put some continuity result-wise on a track that is well-known due to the many tests performed during the off season.

Without a doubt, it will be Jorge Martin the rider to be looking at with the biggest attention: currently leading the title race with 55 points and two race wins in 2018, Martin wants to earn a good result on a track that has seen him ninth in the race due to a brake issue after starting the encounter from pole.

For Fabio Di Giannantonio it is time to step up: the race at the front in Austin, and moreover an all-around great performance throughout the weekend, give Fabio hope for another battle near the front for honours and even the top step in Spain.

Moto3 action will get underway on Friday 4th from 9am with the first free practice of the quarter-litre class of MotoGP.


“Jerez is a track I like a lot and one where we have been testing many times during the winter. We get there in a strong position and in great form, so the goal is to win – like at every other track, after all. The beauty of racing in front of the Spanish crowd will also help!”


“In Austin we did some mistakes here and there, but we have been near the front for the whole weekend, so I hope that Jerez de la Frontera will be a turnaround in my season. We head there ready to take home that win we’ve been expecting for quite a long time now.”

Livio Loi and Reale Avintia Academy ready for the Spanish GP

Reale Avintia Academy – GP of Spain – Circuito de Jerez

The Moto3 World Championship heads to Jerez this weekend for the first European race of the season. The Reale Avintia Academy team rider, Livio Loi, arrives to the Spanish Grand Prix boosted by his great race performance last time out at the Circuit of the Americas. In Austin Loi recovered from 26th place on the grid to sixth, and eventually he finished in the top 10.

Loi’s confidence with his KTM machine and his new team is growing race by race and, in Jerez, where he has been testing twice during the winter, the Belgian rider hopes to be fighting for the top places from Friday’s first free practice session.

Livio Loi

“I’m looking forward to start the weekend in Jerez because we are in the good direction and making constant progress, every time we get on track we improve. We have to keep like this in Jerez to get a strong result. Is the home Grand Prix for my team and I’ll give my best to get the best of the weekend and show our real potential.”

Garzo to replace injured Gardner at the Spanish GP

Following an incident while training on a Motocross bike, Tech3 Racingteam rider Remy Gardnersustained several injuries and is currently on his way to the Dexeus Clinica in Barcelona in order to get the best treatment by Doctor Mir and his team of specialists. The Australian, who had an excellent start into the season will not be able to compete at Jerez de la Frontera this weekend.

However, Hector Garzowill take over his Mistral 610 for the Spanish Grand Prix. The 19-year old Spanish rider is competing in the FIM CEV Repsol in 2018 aboard the Mistral 610 and already showed great potential with the Tech3 Racing team last season, when stepping in for Xavi Vierge at the German GP.

Hector Garzo

“I’m really happy to have another opportunity with the Tech3 Racing team, although it’s a pity to have to take over the place of Remy. I wish him a very fast recovery! I will give my best for my second GP. I aim to improve step by step, learn as much as possible during the weekend and as it is the Spanish Grand Prix for sure, I will give it all.”


Team Manager

“It’s very disappointing news that we received today from Wayne Gardner informing us, that Remy apparently broke his two legs and one ankle, which means of course he won’t be in Jerez. Right now, I think he will be transferred to the Dexeus Clinica of Dr Mir and we have to wait and see. It looks like he could be out for a few weeks, so clearly, he won’t be able to race this weekend, which is a big shame, because Remy was having the best start of his young career in Moto2 with a good race in Qatar, a really, really strong race in Argentina. Texas was a bit less competitive, but still holding a good position in the championship. For sure after having nine days of testing in Jerez, we were looking for a good performance there. Unfortunately, it is what it is and he isn’t the first one with an accident in training. Every year, race by race, MotoGP Championship riders are getting injured while training. It’s a shame, but this is life. We are proud to announce that Hector Garzo, who is riding the Mistral 610 in the CEV Moto2 Championship, who also replaced Xavi Vierge last year, when he was out due to injury at the Sachsenring, will be back in the Tech3 Racing team, this time replacing Remy Gardner, so we are happy to see him again and we hope he will be as impressive as he was for his first outing in the Moto2 World Championship. We will do everything we can to make him feel comfortable without too much pressure. He knows Jerez, he’s from Spain and hopefully he can make us forget the disappointment of Remy’s absence.”

NTS RW Racing GP enters Jerez round on well-known ground

With the first stage of the long European leg, the Dutch based Moto2™ squad is set to head into the weekend with better prospects than during the three flyaway races recently.

Privileged by the weather conditions, Andalucía’s Jerez de la Frontera is the opening round on European sole since long. In addition, the famous and challenging 4.4 kilometres long circuit hosts a lot of testing every year so therefore NTS RW Racing GP is going confidently into this weekend’s round four of the calendar, having valuable data for their still all-new Japanese Moto2 machine from recent stays in Southern Spain. But also, both the team’s riders, Steven Odendaal and Joe Roberts, are very familiar with the Jerez track.

Located in the very south of Europe, the well-visited venue hosts the popular Spanish Grand Prix since 1987. In a ceremony on Thursday, the track got renamed in Circuito de Jerez Ángel Nieto, remembering the famous 12+1 former world championship who passed away last summer.

#4 Steven ODENDAAL (NTS RW Racing RG, NTS):

"I’m feeling very comfortable heading back to Europe to the track here in Jerez, I know very well. So, this should it make a lot easier for the team and for me to get quickly a good setup and a base which is competitive. We just need to find something extra to be in a better position. Overall, however, I’m quite exciting heading into this weekend and looking forward how our journey will go here."

#16 Joe ROBERTS (NTS RW Racing GP, NTS):

"I think, this weekend is quite new for us too because we arrive at a circuit we know and at which we had several tests last winter whereas the last two circuits where completely unknown for these reason, riding with our bike there for the first time each. So, this was why we started a kind of a little bit behind of everybody. Here in Jerez, we know we have a setting which works because our lap time during the test was quite good which was the same for the feeling. So, back in March I was quite happy with everything. I’ really excited looking forward to this weekend because we can go into it a bit more relaxed, knowing to have already a proper base setting and not seeking to find something. Beyond all these things, I like this track a lot, therefore, I think it’s going to be good this weekend."

Gran Premio de Espana: Preview

Jerez de la Frontera: first of a long series of European races and one of the most beloved grand prix by riders, for the track layout and for the public attendance. With its 4.4 km, the Andalusian track is one of the shortest of the Motogp season and has 13 corners and 2 short straights. Slow track and particularly demanding but where we can also do well. Tony Arbolino, in the last winter test in March, got very good times. Romano Fenati got many important results here in the past and after the 3 extra European races, run in particular conditions, he needs to show his potential.

Romano Fenati: "We start with the European races and Jerez is a fantastic track, both for the layout and the public. In the first 3 extra-European races we worked hard and collected lots of useful data, by riding always in different conditions and those data will be useful from now on. The goal is to improve again and I hope that we will be able do to bigger steps ahead from now on".

Tony Arbolino: "Finally in Europe, in front of one of the best and warm public of the season. We want to do our best as here we were fast in the winter test and we know what to do to go fast. We need to change some details in the set up but we can do everything"!


This weekend the world championship arrives in Andalusia, for the first of 12 races that will take place in the old continent. Everything is ready for the Grand Prix of Jerez de la Frontera, in Spain. Closed the brackets of the extra European stages, the engines heat up and get ready for the 4th race of the Moto2 World Championship. The Forward Racing Team is about to face a challenging weekend, on which the two riders, Eric Granado and Stefano Manzi, have prepared for a long time during the winter tests, even if the weather conditions were almost never favourable. The Italian-Swiss team's flag-bearers are enthusiastic about getting on their Suter MMX2, to take advantage of the improvements they are getting day-after-day.

The appointment is then scheduled for Friday at 10:55 with the first free practice session.

Stefano Manzi - RIDER

"On this track we did several tests this winter and therefore we certainly have more data on which to base ourselves than previous races. The return in Europe is certainly positive, we are closer to home and this gives even more charge. After these first 3 races I feel I can say that I have learned a lot and I will try to apply all the experience made in this Grand Prix. I I'm aware that we can do well and I am very focused on achieving the goals we have set ourselves “.

Eric Granado - P22 (+38.579)

"I am very excited for the Jerez race, because we have done a lot of rounds on this circuit and therefore we have more data to base ourselves on. I hope in good weather conditions as it was in Texas, so that I can learn even more, as well as put into practice what I managed to build up until today as an experience. I am very positive for this Grand Prix and as always I will give my 100% to do well “.

Giovanni Cuzari - CEO Forward Racing Team

"Finally again in Europe and on the track where we did almost all the winter tests that allowed us to collect a lot of data. From Qatar to today we have made small steps forward and I hope this of Jerez is the first real opportunity to demonstrate our true potential. I am very confident of my technicians and drivers, and I am sure that persevering in the effort will bring us important results. I would like to thank all those who are supporting us. See you on the track Friday at FP1 ".


At Jerez de la Frontera, Pecco on the track to defend the top of the standings after the winning at Austin. Alongside him, ready to fight with the strongest guys, Luca, Nicolò and Dennis.

Jerez de la Frontera (Spain), May 2nd 2018 - As usual, the Spanish Grand Prix will hosted this weekend at Jerez de la Frontera will open the European Championship season. On one of the circuit that the riders love most and with a truly unique layout, the Sky Racing Team VR46 will back to the track to defend the top of the standings in Moto2.

In fact, after the extraordinary victory in the opening GP in Qatar, Francesco Bagnaia also repeated himself in the States, reaching 57 points. Pecco, who scored here the first podium in the intermediate class last year, is ready to return on his Kalex to achieve important results. A great motivation to do his best also for Luca Marini, who showed his full potential in Austin and took full advantage of these days of stops to recover from the injury remedied a few weeks ago at the Ranch.

At work also the Moto3 Team with Nicolò Bulega and Dennis Foggia for achieving the first points of the 2018. They both know really well the secrets of the Andalusian track that today has been renamed in honor of the 12 + 1 times World Champion Angel Nieto.

PABLO NIETO - Team Manager

In Moto2, in the three non-European races, we took home important results. Pecco won 2 of the three races and Luca showed good things on the track. We are ready for the European Championship that we will face with commitment since Jerez, a track where Pecco has always collected great satisfaction, which has a special meaning for the whole Moto2 Team and of which we have many references and parameters from the winter tests. In Moto3, in Austin, Dennis showed everyone his potential. In Jerez, compared to the first three races, he will immediately start working for the race. Even Nicolò will back on a circuit that knows well, which is well suited on his riding style and where he has always collected important things.

Pecco Bagnaia

In the first three non-European races we have collected a lot and now we are waiting for the Jerez track where in the winter tests we did a great job and we were strong and competitive in all conditions. It is a circuit where I have always achieved great results, both in Moto3 and last year in Moto2 when I hit the first podium for me and the Team in the new category. We have to continue to work and stay focused to cope the weekend in the best way possible.

Luca Marini

At Austin we did a great job during practice and qualifying, unfortunately on Sunday the pain affected me more than we were expected and I could not keep the pace of the strongest guys for the entire race. Overall, the feelings were positive and I took full advantage of this week to recover energy for Jerez a really spectacular track and I like it very much.

Nicolo Bulega

I will back on my KTM on a track that I have in my heart and that has always brought me great satisfaction. An additional reason to continue working hard with the team to find the right confidence and the feeling I'm looking for with my bike.

Dennis Foggia

Finally we return to compete on a track familiar to me. In Austin I gave my best and I tried to stay with the strongest guys until the checkered flag. I had a great feeling with the bike and I will continue to work with the team to find the same feelings here too.

Red Bull KTM Ajo begin European marathon at Jerez

Miguel Oliveira and Brad Binder come into the Red Bull Grand Prix of Spain confident, starting the first of 11 consecutive races in Europe.

The Moto2 World Championship moves on to Jerez de la Frontera, Spain, this weekend, for the fourth round of the 2018 campaign. The series begins a run of 11 European rounds that continues through to October, starting with the Red Bull Grand Prix of Spain. Miguel Oliveira and Brad Binder come into the race satisfied with their latest results but hungry for more. Both have already been on the podium at Jerez, and will be out to repeat the feat this Sunday afternoon.

Oliveira has yet to win at the Spanish track, but the Red Bull KTM Ajo rider has placed on the rostrum twice –in 2015 in Moto3 and in 2017 in Moto2. Should he take victory this weekend, he would break into double figures with his tenth Grand Prix triumph. Achieving a third consecutive podium finish would also mean his 25th time inside the Top 3.

Brad Binder is eager to claim his first podium of the season, and there is scarcely a better place for him to achieve it than Jerez. It was there that, in 2016 with Red Bull KTM Ajo in Moto3, he took his first Grand Prix victory, making history after starting from 35th position of the grid. However, it will not be an easy challenge for the South African; it will be the first time that Binder has contested a Moto2 race at the track, since last year he missed the event due to an injury.

This will be the first of four Spanish events in 2018. The 23-lap Moto2 race will begin at 12:20pm on Sunday.


"We arrive in Jerez after two consecutive podiums, and the overall standings are tightening up. In preseason, we took a while to repeat the lap times that we managed in testing at the end of last year. In the Red Bull Grand Prix of Spain the temperature is always very hot, so we will have to work to find the setup for the bike that best suits these characteristics. One of our first objectives will be, above all, to improve our grid position in the qualifying session. I hope we can have a good race, get on the podium again and, if possible, fight for the victory. We will try to go one step further with the consistency that we have, and enjoy a good first weekend in Europe."


"We are facing the Red Bull GP of Spain with confidence. I feel good and I feel fit. This is the circuit where we did the most laps in preseason testing. However, this will be my first Moto2 race at this track, after I missed last year’s round due to injury. In the tests we were quite fast and we had a good feeling on the bike. I hope to be able to have a good weekend. The objective for the first GP in Europe is to work hard in every session; if we do that, we will get a good result and –why not?– we could even take the win, just like we did in my last Spanish GP in 2016."


Spanish Moto3 team ready for a weekend in honour of the 12+1 World Champion

The MotoGP World Championship is set for an emotional weekend in Jerez, as the Spanish circuit prepares to host the first European race of the season and to be renamed in honour of Ángel Nieto, a legend of motorcycle racing in Spain and indeed worldwide. Tributes to the 12+1 World Champion will take place throughout the Gran Premio de España, where Jorge Martín and Aron Canet arrive on the top of the championship standings followed closely by KTM rider Marco Bezzecchi. Between them the trio have taken six of the nine podiums on offer so far this season, including all three victories, heading up a Spanish-Italian monopoly of the top ten positions in the championship.

It will be a special weekend for the Ángel Nieto Team at Jerez. The team that was itself renamed in honour of the 12+1 World Champion will be involved in the many tributes to Nieto this weekend, including the unveiling of a bust at the entrance to the track, the presentation of the Ángel Nieto Foundation and a lap of honour by his sons Gelete and Pablo on the Garelli 125cc and the Derbi 80cc before the races on Sunday. The Ángel Nieto Team riders Andrea Migno and Albert Arenas arrive in good form, after both picking up their best results of the season last time out in Texas. The Italian finished just 0.06 seconds shy of the podium in Austin, as he continues his adaptation to the team and the bike, which he is looking to build on this weekend. Albert Arenas picked up his first point of the season at COTA after fighting through from the back of the grid and he is hoping his experience of Jerez can help him make further inroads to the lead group this weekend.

Andrea Migno: “Jerez is always an exciting race – it's the first in Europe, it's in Spain, and the fan base for our sport there is huge. This year will be particularly special because it will be a weekend of tribute to Ángel Nieto. We arrive in Jerez feeling very positive, the feeling with the bike and the team improve every week and we are looking to build on our recent good work with a weekend of good racing.”

Albert Arenas: “I can't stop thinking about Jerez, I can't wait for the Gran Premio de España to arrive after a run of races where we have made steady progress. We finished well in Texas and that gives us motivation for the race this weekend. I am looking forward to getting started and to continuing our work. It will be a busy and also a very special weekend, when our maestro Ángel Nieto will be very much with us.”

The Leopard Racing team for the Jerez ‘exam’

The unit led by Lundberg & Co. returns to Europe with the intent to aim for the victory at their Spanish rivals’ home track. It will not be easy, but Bastianini and Dalla Porta, 5th and 6th in the world standing respectively, after the podiums conquered in the first races have the right credentials to get a great result on the Andalusian circuit of Jerez de la Frontera.

Leaving the United States of America where Enea Bastianini achieved a solid 2nd place in the race, the MotoGP™ World Championship circus finally arrives in Europe to compete for the fourth round of the 2018 season. The venue of the event designated to host the Grand Prix of Spain is traditionally the fascinating Jerez circuit.

Located in the heart of Andalusia, the track was built in 1986 and measures 4.4 Km, with 5 left and 8 right; for the specific features of its layout, it is one of the main destinations chosen by the teams for the winter testing, as well as among the most popular for all motorcycling fans.

The Leopard Racing Team wants to follow up by the podiums obtained by Dalla Porta (in Qatar) and Enea Bastianini (in Texas, two weeks ago) to aim for the win in the ‘lions’ den': no coincidence, Jerez is in fact the home track of the direct rivals in the Championship. The challenge promises to be tough, but Lorenzo and Enea have all the right credentials to exploit the potential of their Honda NSF250RW and show their talent.

Team stat: in 2015 Danny Kent conquered the first row in qualifying and the victory in the race, while last year Joan Mir took the third step of the podium. Currently Bastianini is 5th in the world standings with 33 points (as his fairing’s number), with Dalla Porta just behind in 6th with 25 points. We’ll know how it all ends on Sunday… Stay Tuned!


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