In depth MotoGP preview forward of the Spanish Grand Prix at Jerez

MotoGP 2023

Spherical 4 – Jerez

Following the American leg of the sequence, which was marked by unpredictable climate and low-grip circumstances, from rain and a chilly observe in Argentina (20°C) to intense warmth in Texas (45°C), the MotoGP paddock returns to Europe for the fourth spherical of the 2023 MotoGP World Championship over the weekend of April 28-30 at Circuito de Jerez-Ángel Nieto.

Situated within the south of Spain, the observe was inbuilt 1986 and hosted its first grand prix the next 12 months. It has since gone on to determine itself as a staple of the championship’s calendar, invariably attracting a big and enthusiastic crowd of followers who flock to the circuit to benefit from the two-wheeled leisure beneath the Andalusian solar.

Jerez’s 4.423km lap contains 5 left-hand corners and eight to the precise along with two brief straights, the longest of which is simply 607 metres. Its technical structure – allied to usually good climate – means the observe is used all-year-round by several types of bikes. Its tight, twisty nature options all kinds of corners and repeated weight shifts put tyres to a relentless check.

With Miller, Bagnaia and Morbidelli on the rostrum at Jerez in 2021, it was the primary time there was no Spaniard on the rostrum on the observe since 2003 when it was Rossi, Biaggi and Troy Bayliss – and no Spanish rider completed.

To enhance the security requirements of the Circuito de Jerez Angel Nieto, the escape routes at turns 1 and 5 have been widened by 40 and 25 meters respectively. Additionally thanks to those works, the Andalusian observe will stay on the calendar in 2024.

The MotoGP riders use the brakes in 10 of the 13 corners at Jerez. In a single full lap, the braking system is lively for a complete of 31 seconds, equal to simply below a 3rd of the complete race. The motorbikes will hardly attain 300 km/h and likewise for that reason there are not any braking zones exceeding 270 metres.  From turns 8 to 11, nevertheless, the drivers should use the brakes in 4 consecutive turns.

Probably the most complicated braking is the one on the sixth nook the place, after a 607 metre straight, the riders nearly attain 300 km/h earlier than hitting the brakes for five.6 seconds throughout which they’re subjected to 1.8 g of deceleration. They enter the nook at 72 km/h after touring 263 meters with a most load of 6.8 kg on the brake lever.

MotoGP Type Information

Should you’d requested for predictions of which single staff would have been on each Grand Prix podium thus far, with each riders, and can be main each the groups’ and riders’ Championships on the way in which to Jerez, few would doubtless have mentioned the VR46 camp. However they’re, and it’s really a deserved feat. Marco Bezzecchi stays the Championship chief after a much less explosive however maybe alarmingly, for his rivals, constant Americas GP – and now we’re again onto turf he is aware of even higher.

Marco Bezzecchi

Jerez is definitely one of many traditional tracks on the MotoGP calendar: technical, demanding and quick. A observe that everybody is aware of nicely and can also be essential for organising the bike at its greatest. I’m coming from the 2 GPs exterior Europe in P1 within the general standings, I don’t give it some thought an excessive amount of, however it’s nonetheless a greater than optimistic notice. An indication that we’re working nicely and that we’re fixed in our performances. We are going to give our greatest from Friday to remain within the strongest group for the entire weekend.

For the reason that opening race in Portugal, there has at all times been a Mooney VR46 Racing Staff rider on the Grand Prix podium: Bezzecchi in Portugal (P3) and Argentina (P1) and Marini within the Americas (P2).

Luca Marini, in the meantime, lastly obtained that first Grand Prix podium so as to add to the feat he achieved within the Tissot Dash in Argentina, and is one other to not be underestimated.

Luca Marini

I celebrated my first MotoGP podium with the Staff, an essential second, however now it’s time to get again at work and keep targeted. It received’t be simple to repeat ourselves in Jerez, however we’ll strive. In comparison with Texas it’s a fully totally different observe the place it’s actually troublesome to overhaul. Greater than at different tracks, qualifying and the beginning will probably be essential. Should you work nicely on these points, maybe a lot of the job is completed, in any other case it is rather troublesome to climb the standings and get well.”

Mooney VR46 have had an amazing begin to 2023

Francesco Bagnaia had a near-perfect Portuguese GP however has a blended bag of outcomes since. The Termas Dash appeared calm and managed, and the Sunday crash was within the rain, so it appeared a blip as he bounced again within the Texas Dash. However then… down he went once more on Sunday. As a lot as the skin image might be considered one of a season derailed already, and the within one a painful expertise for the rider in the course of it, the reigning Champion remains to be securely second general – and Jerez is turf he reigned final 12 months.

Pecco Bagnaia

The Spanish GP would be the first of a protracted sequence of races that we are going to maintain in Europe, and I’m glad to open this section of the season on the Jerez Circuit, the place final 12 months I took each pole place and victory. We come from two GPs the place we might have obtained essential outcomes, however I crashed twice as an alternative, so I’m very motivated to do nicely right here in Spain. I’ll face the weekend as I’ve at all times executed to combat for victory once more.”

Ducati has taken three premier class wins at Jerez: Capirossi in 2006 (from pole), Miller in 2021 (for his
second win within the class) and Bagnaia final 12 months (from pole).

The reprieve of the remaining seeming to take it in turns to problem Bagnaia could quickly be over, nevertheless. Enea Bastianini is predicted to be again in enterprise this weekend, and can journey to Jerez to do a medical verify on Thursday. If he’s again, the ‘Beast’ is not going to be shy. Will he be again to full health but although? That continues to be to be seen, however his presence will probably be greater than welcome after pre-season promised a lot within the crimson rivalry.

Enea Bastianini

I’m thrilled to be again with my staff as a result of we have now had few alternatives to work collectively this 12 months! These weeks at residence haven’t been simple, seeing the others race, however I’ll lastly be capable to get again on observe as nicely. I had given 100 per cent to attempt to be bodily prepared for Austin, understanding within the health club and persevering with bodily remedy, however the medical doctors suggested me to attend. On Thursday, I’ll have a closing medical checkup in Jerez, and if all goes nicely, I will get again on my Desmosedici GP. Jerez is a observe I like, however I nonetheless know I’m not at 100% of my power, so this GP will probably be like a check for me to get again in form for the following races.

If Alex Rins’ CV didn’t impress you sufficient earlier than, what do you consider it now? Few riders have received on two totally different machines, few riders have received with an Impartial Staff, and no riders apart from Marc Marquez have received with Honda since 2018. Qualifying was considered one of Rins’ greatest, the Dash was spectacular, after which Sunday was merely a masterclass. Can he comply with it up? It might be a bit of a lot to ask for him to take action in Jerez, however his pure high quality has been underlined as soon as once more – and it introduced Honda a much-needed increase, ending their longest winless streak since they returned to the premier class full-time in 1982.

On the opposite facet of the storage although, if there wasn’t sufficient strain to carry out for Takaaki Nakagami earlier than, there positive is now. The Japanese rider went by means of a good bit with damage struggles in the direction of the top of final 12 months, however he’ll wish to transfer ahead a bit of after watching his teammate win. So that can doubtless be the goal at Jerez – and at a venue the place he’s taken his equal greatest end result thus far of fourth.

Contemplating pre-season kind, it’s not obtained off to the most effective begin for Aprilia in 2023. However that mentioned, the season is lengthy, the velocity has been there, and each weekend is a brand new alternative to see all of it come collectively. Maverick Viñales at the moment sits comfortably within the higher echelons of the Championship due to some constant finishes, however he’ll need some extra visits to parc ferme – and to kind out these begins. One of many quickest riders on the earth as soon as the race is underway, Viñales has given himself a whole lot of work to do off the road at instances. However then, he’s greater than obtained that work executed and made his approach again by means of. With out it, although, you’d think about he’d be even additional up the desk and shopping for some extra baggage for the trophies.

Aleix Espargaro, in the meantime, has had some dangerous luck and bother to begin to the season however has proven some good velocity and a venue like Jerez, far more acquainted turf for all, might be a greater place to start out assessing his outright potential this season.

It’s been a quieter begin to the season than Pramac are used to, when it comes to factors not less than, and each Johann Zarco and Jorge Martin will desire a good few extra from Jerez. Zarco has already been on the rostrum within the moist and can wish to polish off that dry tempo, and Martin stays looking for some consistency between superb velocity, dangerous luck, and errors.

Dangerous luck doesn’t final endlessly, and at last Fabio Quartararo has motive to imagine that. The 2021 MotoGP World Champion was again on the rostrum in Texas to place his Dash crash – and Argentina dangerous luck – to mattress, and that may solely be excellent news for everybody besides his rivals. Jerez is a venue he has had really spectacular velocity at, and to go in with that first podium of the season below his belt whets our urge for food to see what he has within the locker on extra profitable stomping grounds.

Fabio Quartararo

To be again on the rostrum in Austin felt nice, however we have to do extra work. My begins improved quite a bit in Austin in comparison with Argentina, and that did assist in attaining third place within the Race. Jerez is an efficient circuit for us. We’re normally fairly aggressive right here, and we will combat for the win, in order that‘s the goal for this 12 months as nicely.”

MotoGP Rnd Jerez Quartararo GP AN
Fabio Quartararo took his maiden MotoGP pole at Jerez in 2019 (as pictured right here), changing into the youngest rider to take action within the class (20 years 14 days previous). He took his maiden MotoGP win in 2020/1 (from pole) and received once more in 2020/2, additionally from pole. In 2021, he took his fourth pole in a row and led from Lap 4 earlier than dropping again struggling with arm pump. He completed P2 final 12 months, 0.285s off winner Bagnaia

For team-mate Franco Morbidelli although, it’s gone the opposite approach, or not less than it did in Texas. It’s now onerous to inform whether or not COTA was a blip after Argentina proved a turning level, or whether or not Argentina was the optimistic blip in a harder season thus far. Jerez, not less than, is a land of information – and one he’s recognized success at earlier than.

Franco Morbidelli

We scored championship factors in Austin, however we’re aiming for extra this weekend in Jerez. We should be preventing extra in the direction of the entrance of the sector, and we noticed final time spherical that the secret’s in being inside the highest 10 after Friday‘s P2. If you’re not in Q2, the weekend will get exponentially tougher. We have now taken a very good take a look at the Spherical-3 knowledge and hope to e book additional progress this weekend. We have now an additional day of testing on Monday that may even assist with this.”

Alex Marquez is in want of some luck. After being sick within the Dash in Texas after which getting worn out by a barely ironic Jorge Martin on Sunday, it simply didn’t go his approach. Marquez has additionally been left needing to settle down the coaching forward of his first residence GP to totally get well from the impression. That every one mentioned, he’s already a podium finisher with the Ducati, had some superb velocity on Friday in Texas, and now we’re heading for a venue he’s at all times gone nicely at – probably one he’d take as a free selection for the place to try to bounce again from a harder weekend.

Alex Marquez

We’re about to get to our residence venue, a particular observe with an unimaginable environment. It’s not amongst my favorite layouts, though I prefer it and I’m desirous to make amends after the disappointing end result at Austin, the place we had the tempo to do nicely. We’ll give our easiest as at all times and perhaps get some additional velocity from the group on the grandstands. Health-wise I really feel quite a bit higher, I labored with my physiotherapists to be in prime kind and I can not wait to leap again on my Desmosedici.”

Staff-mate Fabio Di Giannantonio will probably be hoping the change of surroundings can enhance his scenario too, with a very good document at Jerez. After a troublesome few races thus far with solely flashes of tempo, the Italian might want to keep calm and picked up as he appears to be like to take a step ahead.

Fabio Di Giannantonio

I’ve at all times been fast at Jerez and it’s an important observe within the championship. It’s usually mentioned that if you happen to’re fast at Jerez it implies that the bike set-up is prepared for a lot of different tracks on the calendar. It’ll doubtless be a scorching race and we’ll be aiming at out third top-ten results of the 12 months, whereas hoping to enhance some extra. We are able to’t overlook additionally the check on Monday, a very essential one.”

There hasn’t since been the blast of fireworks to echo Brad Binder’s Argentina Tissot Dash win, however the South African has remained fast if looking for some higher luck. When he did have it, it was a fifth place within the Dash in Texas. Now at Jerez, with much more expertise and a few unimaginable reminiscences from that again of the grid very first Moto3 win, can the quantity 33 discover that calling card consistency to pair up together with his tempo?

For team-mate Jack Miller it’s an identical search. The Australian has impressed from the outset and will probably be aiming to bounce again from that crash out of a podium place within the Americas, and Jerez is a circuit the place he’s received in MotoGP, too.

Jack Miller – Jerez 2021

Another person who’s able to race this weekend has been on the highest step in Jerez: Dani Pedrosa. The MotoGP Legend and three-time World Champion returns to the ranks at Jerez as a wildcard, on observe to offer much more info to the Austrian manufacturing facility’s push in the direction of the entrance. Hopefully, to get pleasure from it too. And for the followers within the stands it’ll be one thing particular – a hero of one other period nonetheless making his mark on this one.

Dani Pedrosa did plenty of laps over the three days, but did not run a timing transponder...
Dani Pedrosa (Crimson Bull KTM Manufacturing facility Racing) is the rider with the second most podiums at Jerez with 11 (1x250cc and 10xMotoGP), behind Rossi (13). He has received 4 instances right here, as soon as in 250cc in 2005, and 3 times in MotoGP (2008, 2013 and 2017). He has additionally certified on pole 4 instances, together with three in MotoGP. He will probably be collaborating in his first Grand Prix for the reason that 2021 Styrian GP.

We missed him in Argentina and we definitely observed his return in Texas. Miguel Oliveira had a strong Dash as he obtained again in motion, after which adopted it up by instantly getting again into the highest 5 within the Grand Prix. He was additionally proper on Maverick Viñales for just a few laps, though the Prime Gun managed to drag away.

Miguel Oliveira

I’m assured after Austin, which was a observe, that’s troublesome for me. Getting back from the damage, it was good to attain some factors. The aim for Jerez will stay the identical, proceed on this line in scoring factors in each races. Hopefully we will make one other step ahead when it comes to velocity and bettering the Qualifying. I’m wanting ahead to find Jerez with the Aprilia. I’m very motivated.”

Raul Fernandez, in the meantime, continues to battle to make these steps we’d began to see in pre-season. Aprilia – and RNF – appear affected person with the previous Moto2 document breaker, and it’s a lot to ask to instantly go from rookie on one machine to frontrunner on one other. He’ll wish to get one thing to click on quickly although, and Jerez is one other likelihood to tackle extra acquainted turf as he searches for that velocity.

Raul Fernandez

Jerez is a vital observe for me. In fact, it’s at all times one thing particular having a race in Spain, my residence nation in entrance of our followers. I’ll attempt to get a very good feeling aboard the Aprilia RS-GP, like I had in Texas final outing and I hope I’ll be a bit luckier avoiding issues. We’ll attempt to do our greatest. I feel we have now potential and step-by-step we arrive nearer to the highest, however I feel it’s time to get some outcomes now to substantiate we might be there.”

Rookie Augusto Fernandez is having a strong begin to his MotoGP profession, with some good consistency and managing to stand up within the combine a few instances. He’s additionally now had his first prime ten end, and he’s scored factors at each spherical. With a primary residence race on the horizon, he’ll be aiming to do the identical once more.

Augusto Fernandez

I cannot wait to go to Jerez for the Spanish Grand Prix. To be sincere, I’m actually wanting ahead to being again in Europe on tracks that I do know higher, not less than far more than Austin for instance. Persevering with our development is our foremost aim, however I’m hoping that my stage of data of this observe will assist me to be nearer to the opposite guys and combat for larger positions.

In the meantime, Jonas Folger will probably be on an identical mission to residence in on his new teammate. His debut at COTA noticed him garner a few factors in a race of attrition, and the German will probably be eager to take one other step ahead at Jerez.

Jonas Folger

With Texas within the bag, we have now a bit extra expertise with the bike and the staff now, so I really feel assured about going to Jerez. It’s a acquainted observe to me and I’ve good reminiscences there from the previous, together with a win in Moto2 and a podium within the 125cc class. It’s undoubtedly considered one of my favourite tracks, so I’m wanting ahead to going racing there with my staff and extra confidence, and hopefully we will make a very good end result.

On one facet of the Repsol Honda storage, Joan Mir will probably be trying to reset because the paddock returns to Europe and to residence turf. After some dangerous luck and a few damage struggles, it’s a very good venue to reach to as he continues his adaptation – and he’ll wish to keep calm regardless of Rins’ early lead in these stakes. It’s nonetheless early doorways, each for Mir on the Honda and the Honda on its mission to take a step ahead. Stefan Bradl can also be anticipated to be again out wildcarding, in order that’s some extra knowledge.

Joan Mir

My first time using in entrance of the Spanish followers as a Repsol Honda Staff rider will probably be particular, I’m hoping we will have one other weekend of enhancements. The top lead to Austin was not what we needed with the crash, however we discovered an essential step within the race that I’m trying to making an attempt in Jerez. Austin to Jerez is a really large change when it comes to structure and calls for however I’ve at all times felt comfy there. I’m additionally wanting ahead to the post-race check, a day to simply deal with our work and my using.”

The largest query, nevertheless, was the 93 facet as soon as once more… however now we have now the reply. Marc Marquez received’t be again simply but, and as an alternative it’s a well-recognized face from our paddock and that of WorldSBK who is ready to step in: Iker Lecuona, he’ll be again within the saddle in entrance of his residence crowd, now with Honda.

Iker Lecuona

First I wish to want Marc all the most effective in his restoration, he’s the reference in MotoGP and I feel not solely the followers, but additionally the riders miss him quite a bit. For me, after all it’s an unimaginable alternative to return to MotoGP and experience with the staff of my desires. Doing it in entrance of the Spanish crowd is additional particular. However we have now to be reasonable, will probably be a really robust and demanding weekend. I’ve spent this 12 months and final 12 months absolutely targeted on WorldSBK with Staff HRC and now I have to get used to the whole lot that’s totally different in MotoGP in addition to be taught a brand-new bike – the Honda RC213V. It doesn’t matter what, I’ll do my greatest and let’s see what the end result is.”

MotoGP Championship Factors

Pos Rider Nat Factors
2 BAGNAIA Francesco ITA 41
3 ZARCO Johann FRA 35
5 VIÑALES Maverick SPA 32
6 MILLER Jack AUS 25
7 MARTIN Jorge SPA 22
8 BINDER Brad RSA 22
11 MARINI Luca ITA 15
12 RINS Alex SPA 13
14 FERNANDEZ Augusto SPA 8
15 NAKAGAMI Takaaki JPN 7
18 MIR Joan SPA 5
19 OLIVEIRA Miguel POR 3


Austin staged a traditional duel between Pedro Acosta (Crimson Bull KTM Ajo) and Tony Arbolino (Elf Marc VDS Racing Staff), and the previous simply got here out on prime in one of many first large clashes of the titans this season. Arbolino nonetheless retains that Championship lead, nevertheless, and will probably be desirous to hit again and lengthen it because the paddock heads for Acosta’s residence turf at Jerez.

We are able to additionally doubtless anticipate the likes of Alonso Lopez (CAG SpeedUp) and Aron Canet (Pons Wegow Los40) to have a bit of extra within the locker on their residence turf, and will probably be one other attention-grabbing shuffle.

Moto2 Championship Factors

Pos Rider Nat Factors
2 CANET Aron SPA 33
3 ACOSTA Pedro SPA 29
4 DIXON Jake GBR 26
5 SALAC Filip CZE 22
6 LOPEZ Alonso SPA 20
7 GONZALEZ Manuel SPA 16
8 LOWES Sam GBR 15
9 CHANTRA Somkiat THA 15
10 ARENAS Albert SPA 15
11 GARCIA Sergio SPA 12
12 BINDER Darryn RSA 10
13 VIETTI Celestino ITA 8
14 ALCOBA Jeremy SPA 6
15 BALTUS Barry BEL 4
16 ALDEGUER Fermín SPA 4
18 TORRES Jordi SPA 0
19 GOMEZ Borja SPA 0
20 FOGGIA Dennis ITA 0
22 DALLA PORTA Lorenzo ITA 0


As we head onto his residence turf for the primary time, Daniel Holgado (Crimson Bull KTM Tech3) stays the Championship chief in Moto3, however solely by advantage of getting taken a win as Diogo Moreira (MT Helmets – MSI) is now equal on factors with the Spaniard. Who will go away Jerez forward?

They’ll be within the highlight as soon as once more, and Jaume Masia (Leopard Racing) will wish to be a part of them after a primary podium of the 12 months in Texas. Ayumu Sasaki (Liqui Moly Husqvarna Intact GP) as soon as once more appears to be like to bounce again… and new winner Ivan Ortola (Angeluss MTA Staff) will wish to double down!

Younger Aussie Joel Kelso faces a health check on Thursday however expects to be again on the grid this weekend.

Moto3 Championship Factors

Pos Rider Nat Factors
1 HOLGADO Daniel SPA 38
2 MOREIRA Diogo BRA 36
3 SUZUKI Tatsuki JPN 27
4 MUÑOZ David SPA 20
5 NEPA Stefano ITA 19
6 MIGNO Andrea ITA 16
7 ARTIGAS Xavier SPA 16
8 TOBA Kaito JPN 14
9 RUEDA José Antonio SPA 13
10 MASIA Jaume SPA 11
11 OGDEN Scott GBR 11
12 SASAKI Ayumu JPN 10
14 YAMANAKA Ryusei JPN 7
15 KELSO Joel AUS 7
16 ÖNCÜ Deniz TUR 6
17 AZMAN Syarifuddin MAL 5
18 BERTELLE Matteo ITA 4
19 VEIJER Collin NED 4
20 FENATI Romano ITA 3
21 ALONSO David COL 2
22 WHATLEY Joshua GBR 1

2023 Jerez MotoGP Weekend Schedule
Instances in AEST

Time Class Occasion
1700 Moto3 FP1
1750 Mot2 FP1
1845 MotoGP FP1
2115 Moto3 FP2
2205 Moto2 FP2
2300 MotoGP FP2


Time Class Occasion
1640 Moto3 FP3
1725 Moto2 FP3
1810 MotoGP FP
1850 MotoGP Q1
1915 MotoGP Q2
2050 Moto3 Q1
2115 Moto3 Q2
2145 Moto2 Q1
2210 Moto2 Q2
2300 Motogp Dash


Time Class Occasion
1845 Moto3 WUP
1900 Moto2 WUP
2000 MotoGP WUP
2100 Moto3 Race
2300 Moto2 Race
0010 (Mon) MotoGP Race

2023 MotoGP Calendar (Revised)

Date Grand Prix Circuit
26 Mar Portugal Algarve Worldwide Circuit
02 Apr Republica Argentina Termas de Rio Hondo
16 Apr Americas Circuit of The Americas
30 Apr Spain Circuito de Jerez-Angel Nieto
14 Could France Le Mans
11 Jun Italy Autodromo del Mugello
18 Jun Germany Sachsenring
25 Jun Netherlands TT Circuit Assen
06 Aug Nice Britain Silverstone Circuit
20 Aug Austria Crimson Bull Ring-Spielberg
03 Sep Catalunya Barcelona-Catalunya
10 Sep San Marino e della Riviera di Rimini Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli
24 Sep India** Buddh Worldwide Circuit
01 Oct Japan Mobility Resort Motegi
15 Oct Indonesia Mandalika Worldwide Avenue Circuit
22 Oct Australia Phillip Island
29 Oct Thailand Chang Worldwide Circuit
12 Nov Malaysia Sepang Worldwide Circuit
19 Nov Qatar* Lusail Worldwide Circuit
26 Nov Comunitat Valenciana Ricardo Tormo Circuit