2013 Jerez MotoGP
Following unpredictable results at Circuit of the Americas in Austin two weeks ago, the Yamaha Factory Racing team of Jorge Lorenzo and Valentino Rossi is eager to attack the Gran Premio Bwin de Espana at Jerez.
At Austin, Lorenzo’s “unpredictable” result was third, the YZR-M1 not adapting well to CoTA’s layout. As for Rossi, the nine-time World Champion dealt with a chipped front-brake rotor, but still finished sixth.
With his win at the opening round in Qatar combined with his podium finish in Austin, Lorenzo arrives at the first of four home races in Spain tied in the championship with fellow countryman and Austin MotoGP winner, Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda).
Lorenzo has some luck at Jerez; he won the 250cc races there in 2006 and 2007, finished just under a second behind last year’s winner, the now-retired Casey Stoner (Repsol Honda RC213V).
Lorenzo also holds the fastest lap and best pole at Jerez, both from his debut year in MotoGP in 2008. The 2013 Championship challenger also made his MotoGP debut in the 125cc class at Jerez, although he was forced to miss the first qualifying session because he was too young. Lorenzo turned 15 before the second session, going out to ride in front of his home crowd for his first Grand Prix experience.
Jorge Lorenzo (Yamaha Factory Racing YZR-M1 MotoGP) says: “We arrive in Jerez, a nice track that is really special for all the Spanish riders involved in this Championship and always supported by the huge crowd on the grandstands. We have to keep calm and think about the Championship because it is so long.
“Normally Jerez is a better track for Yamaha but you never know with this level of riding where you are going to find your best circuit.
”Jerez is smaller than Austin and the straight is much shorter, this will give us less disadvantage. The flowing corners will also help us a lot. Jerez is one of my favorite tracks and we will be competitive there for sure.”
As for Rossi, the 34-year-old rider trails Lorenzo and Marquez by 11 points after two of 18 rounds, something that was very unusual for the Italian while piloting the Ducati the past two seasons.
Rossi, who is the oldest pilot in the modern age of MotoGP (since 2002), has six premier-class wins at Jerez, including three with Yamaha, and two additional victories in the 125cc and 250cc classes. In 13 starts at Jerez Rossi has taken nine podium finishes.
Valentino Rossi (Yamaha Factory Racing YZR-M1 MotoGP) says: “Jerez will be a very important race. I believe and hope that we can be very fast as we have been in testing.
“We will have to work well and aim for the podium. We still have something to do, especially for the set up of the bike but we have some ideas. Furthermore on Monday after the race we will be testing there and we’ll have the opportunity to try different things. Jerez, Le Mans and Mugello are all circuits that are favorable to us and where we will be fine.”
The Jerez circuit was built in 1986 with the first Grand Prix taking place one year later. The 2.748-mile circuit sits within a natural amphitheater and is characterized by numerous quick direction changes and few hard braking points.