After an emotional return to MotoGP in Portimao, Marc Marquez’s rehabilitation continues in Jerez as Pol Espargaro aims to make amends for the previous round.
Heading to the iconic Jerez de la Frontera for the Gran Premio Red Bull de España, the MotoGP World Championship is primed for another exciting weekend. The Repsol Honda Team will again be operating at full capacity as Marc Marquez and Pol Espargaro line up together aboard the RC213V. This weekend there will be a fifth Honda on the grid as Stefan Bradl returns to the World Championship as a wildcard.
Marc Marquez put in a hero’s effort to race to seventh in Portugal on his return to racing after missing the majority of the 2020 season. In Portimao Marquez showed he has lost none of his aggressive style, sliding his Honda, making his characteristic saves and even fighting for the lead of the race in the early laps. The eight-time World Champion is prepared for another demanding round as his physical condition continues to improve. While the previously broken right humerus had no problems in the previous outing, Marquez is continuing to work in the gym to improve his overall race fitness. Marquez has scored a podium on each occasion he has finished the Spanish GP in the premier class including three wins.
Having put the cruel stroke of fate that ended his Portugal GP early behind him, Pol Espargaro is approaching the Spanish GP with his trademark focus and optimism. Now set to ride the RC213V at a third different circuit, the Granollers native is eagerly looking forward to riding his new machine at a well-known circuit. Espargaro’s goals for the weekend remain the same; make improvements throughout the weekend and fight on Saturday to earn a better grid position than in previous races.
Premier class action begins at the Circuito de Jerez – Angel Nieto on Friday at 09:55 Local Time with Free Practice 1 for MotoGP. Sunday’s schedule returns to the traditional format with the MotoGP race following the Moto2 race at 14:00 Local Time.
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)|