Following yesterday’s test sessions, the Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP Team have set up camp at the Circuito de Jerez-Ángel Nieto, eagerly awaiting tomorrow’s kick off of the Gran Premio de España. Riders Maverick Viñales and Valentino Rossi will again be riding at the 4.4km Jerez track and feel ready to bring the heat to this highly anticipated MotoGP season.
Viñales is in 100% racing mindset and fully motivated to battle as one of the top contenders. Though there will be no fans in the grandstands to cheer him on, the local hero is eager to please the MotoGP viewers at home and determined to return to the Jerez rostrum. He hopes to repeat or better his third place finish from last year, his first time on the podium at this track since his Moto3 win in 2013.
After an informative first outing on Spanish soil yesterday, Rossi is ready for a fierce battle in Jerez de la Frontera, a place he knows 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.
The Circuito de Jerez was built in 1986 and has been one of the most popular MotoGP events of the season ever since. It is blessed with good weather, beautiful scenery, fast corners, and hard braking areas, a package that promises some exciting racing action for this weekend.
With the imminent start of the 2020 MotoGP season, the Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP Team take this opportunity to highlight a special new sticker on the front cowl of both Viñales' and Rossi’s M1s during the Spanish GP. This Friday, the Marelli logo will feature proudly on the Factory Yamahas for the first time.