As MotoGP tackles Round 4 at the Jerez circuit, the first race of an 11-race European leg promises an exciting turn of championship status. Andrea Dovizioso and Ducati currently lead the Riders and Constructors. You can bet Reigning champion Marc Marquez and the Yamaha riders will answer the call to climb back up the standings.
Ducati, on the other hand, won’t just stand idle without a fight. From past records, Ducati has achieved a win and five podiums at Jerez. Dovizioso is tackling his 200th race this weekend and looks to continue the push in the riders standing, while Danilo Petrucci continues to hunt for a podium spot for his new team.
Following a disappointing race at Austin, Marquez and team mate Jorge Loenzo are most eager to resume their challenge on Spanish soil as 300th MotoGP race looms. 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, 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.
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 Lorenzo is out for a strong weekend at the familiar Jerez circuit after being careful to avoid further injury in the opening races.
For the race, Stefan Bradl will join the MotoGP grid on a fifth Honda RC213V as a wildcard.
Rossi is single-handedly carrying the team on his shoulders as Maverick Vinales continues to struggle, after three rounds. 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.
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.