Fresh from their thrilling 1-2 finish at the Circuit of The Americas, the Repsol Honda Team are on their way to Andalusia for the Spanish GP in Jerez.
Although this is round three of the Championship, as the teams head to Europe many feel this is the true start of the season. With the all-Spanish line up of Dani Pedrosa and Marc Marquez, along with Spanish sponsor Repsol, the factory Honda team visit Spain looking to continue the fine form they found in Austin where rookie Marc took his maiden MotoGP win and Dani completed a perfect weekend for the team finishing second.
Dani has an enviable record in Jerez where has finished on the podium the last eight years. The tally includes a MotoGP win in 2008, five seconds, and a 250cc win in his second world championship season of 2005. Included in that string are seven front row starts, with two MotoGP poles and a 250cc pole. For teammate Marc, he has scored second place twice, in 2009 and 2012, but victory here has eluded him so far.
The Circuit of Jerez
A tight and twisty circuit, Jerez has held a motorcycle grand prix race since 1987, soon after it was built, and hosted Formula 1 races during the 1990s. With a track length of 4.428kms, Jerez features eight right turns and five lefts and circulates in a clockwise direction.
Long straights and sharp hairpins tend to favour a hard suspension set up and gear ratios are usually relatively short. The local airport is located 5kms north of Jerez and the city has good motorway links with Seville.
Frequent rail services connect Jerez with Madrid and Barcelona and there are plentiful bus services to transport race fans from the city on race days.
First race: 1987
GPs held: 26
Race distance: 119.421km / 74.196 miles
Track length: 4.423km / 2.748 miles
Track width: 11m
Longest straight: 0.607km / 0.377 miles
Corners: 13 (8 right, 5 left)
Pole position: Left
Pole position: 1m 38.189s (162.164km/h) Jorge Lorenzo (Yamaha, 2008)
Race lap: 1m 39.731s (159.657km/h) Dani Pedrosa (Honda, 2010)
Race time: 45m 17.538s (158.200km/h) Jorge Lorenzo (Yamaha, 2010)
2012 Winner: Casey Stoner (Honda)