A still recovering Marc Marquez will be replaced by Honda WorldSBK’s Iker Lecuona, the young Valencia rider making his MotoGP return alongside Joan Mir inside the Repsol Honda Team box for his first home race as a Honda rider.
Returning to one of the most familiar tracks on the MotoGP World Championship calendar, the paddock arrives at the Circuito de Jerez – Angel Nieto. First hosting a Grand Prix in 1987, the 4.42-kilometer-long circuit has seen Honda take 22 premier class Grands Prix victories, the most recent coming in 2019 when Marc Marquez won the race. The entirety of HRC arrives buoyed by Alex Rins’ victory in Austin, Texas and all are eager to continue the form and make further improvements.
Marc Marquez will continue recovering from the broken first metacarpal of the right hand sustained at the Portuguese Grand Prix. The French GP, May 12 – 14, has been set as the target for the #93 to return to competition. For the Spanish Grand Prix, he will be replaced by Iker Lecuona.
Focusing on the positives of Austin and the improvements made, Joan Mir lands back on home turf with a clear path to follow. The Jerez circuit has seen the #36 produce a string of his trademark consistent results in the premier class, sixth place in 2022 his worst finish at the venue since arriving in MotoGP in 2019. Having made a step with the ergonomics of the Repsol Honda Team RC213V in Austin, confirming this improved feeling will be the first objective of the weekend for the double World Champion.
2022 and 2023 have seen Iker Lecuona competing with Team HRC in WorldSBK, the 23-year-old from Valencia consistently fighting for the top five in his rookie season. This included a podium finish at the Dutch round in 2022, just his second weekend of competition on the Honda CBR1000RR-R. His 2023 WorldSBK season started with a string of top-ten finished in Phillip Island with more speed shown in Mandalika and Assen. Lecuona is no stranger to the premier class, having competed full time from 2020 to the end of 2021. He achieved a best result of sixth place at the Austrian Grand Prix in 2021 during this time.
Stefan Bradl will contest the Spanish Grand Prix aboard a fifth Honda RC213V with the Honda HRC Test Team.
|1||Bezzecchi Marco||72||ITA||64||Mooney VR46 Racing Team||Ducati|
|2||Bagnaia Francesco||1||ITA||53||Ducati Lenovo Team||Ducati|
|3||Rins Alex||42||SPA||47||LCR Honda||Honda|
|4||Vinales Maverick||12||SPA||45||Aprilia Racing||Aprilia|
|5||Zarco Johann||5||FRA||44||Pramac Racing||Ducati|
|6||Marini Luca||10||ITA||38||Mooney VR46 Racing Team||Ducati|
|7||Quartararo Fabio||20||FRA||34||Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP||Yamaha|
|8||Marquez Alex||73||SPA||33||Team Gresini Racing MotoGP||Ducati|
|9||Binder Brad||33||RSA||30||Red Bull KTM Factory Racing||KTM|
|10||Martin Jorge||89||SPA||29||Pramac Racing||Ducati|
|11||Morbidelli Franco||21||ITA||29||Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP||Yamaha|
|12||Miller Jack||43||AUS||26||Red Bull KTM Factory Racing||KTM|
|13||Espargaro Aleix||41||SPA||18||Aprilia Racing||Aprilia|
|14||Oliveira Miguel||88||POR||16||RNF MotoGP Team||Aprilia|
|15||Fernandez Augusto||37||SPA||14||Tech3 GASGAS Factory Racing||KTM|
|16||Di Giannantonio Fabio||49||ITA||13||Team Gresini Racing MotoGP||Ducati|
|17||Marquez Marc||93||SPA||7||Repsol Honda Team||Honda|
|18||Nakagami Takaaki||30||JPN||7||LCR Honda||Honda|
|19||Pirro Michele||51||ITA||5||Ducati Lenovo Team||Ducati|
|20||Mir Joan||36||SPA||5||Repsol Honda Team||Honda|
|21||Folger Jonas||94||GER||4||Tech3 GASGAS Factory Racing||KTM|
|22||Fernandez Raul||25||SPA||2||RNF MotoGP Team||Aprilia|
|23||Bradl Stefan||6||GER||0||Repsol Honda Team||Honda|
|24||Bastianini Enea||23||ITA||0||Ducati Lenovo Team||Ducati|
Built in 1986 and hosting its first Grand Prix one year later, the circuit of Jerez is now one of the most popular MotoGP venues and the focal point for a city fanatical about sport. Set in a slight valley in the south of Spain, Jerez is blessed with consistently… read more.
|Length||4.423 kilometres / 2.748 miles|
|Longest straight||0.607 kilometres / 0.377 miles|
|Resurfacing||Complete resurfacing before 2018 round|
Circuito de Jerez, Jerez, Spain - View in Google Maps
|Pole Position||1m 36.170s (165.5km/h) Francesco Bagnaia (Ducati, 2022)|
|Race Lap||1m 37.216s (163.7km/h) Francesco Bagnaia (Ducati, 2023)|
|Race Time||41m 00.554s (161.7km/h) Francesco Bagnaia (Ducati, 2022)|
|2023 Race Winner||Francesco Bagnaia (Ducati)|
|2023 Sprint Winner||Brad Binder (KTM)|