2020 MotoGP Spanish Grand Prix Preview

MotoGP becomes one of the latest motorsport series to get back underway after the enforced hiatus and will be joined by its support categories this weekend at Jerez.

MotoE

MotoE begins its second season at Jerez with 2019 champion Matteo Ferrari returning to defend his title. He is one of ten riders returning to the series with the other eight being rookies to the category.

Jerez will host two of the seven races that will form the 2020 MotoE season with the category also due to go to Misano and Le Mans. It will also be the first time that MotoE have raced competitively around the circuit having gone to the Sachsenring, the Red Bull Ring, Misano and Valencia for its maiden season.

Moto3

The Moto3 class is one of two MotoGP categories who managed to race in Qatar and it therefore means that Albert Arenas will go to Jerez as the early championship leader after winning the opening Grand Prix.

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The two other riders who form the top three, in this very early part of the championship, are John McPhee and Ai Ogura with the highest rookie in the class being Jeremy Alcoba who finished seventh at Losail.

Arenas finished fifth last season at Jerez while McPhee was classified twelfth and Ogura ninth. The 2019 edition of the Moto3 Spanish Grand Prix was won by Niccolo Antonelli with Tatsuki Suzuki second and Celestino Vietti third. Suzuki goes into the 2020 edition off the back of claiming pole position and finishing fifth in Qatar while Vietti will start the 2020 Spanish Grand Prix weekend down in twenty eighth in the championship.

Moto2

The Moto2 class was the other category that managed to contest a race in Qatar with Tetsuta Nagashima claiming an emotional victory to take the early lead in the championship. Lorenzo Baldassarri and Enea Bastianini form the rest of the top three.

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The highest placed rookie going to Jerez is Aron Canet who managed to finish eighth in the opening round of the season. Another rider to look out for is American Joe Roberts who claimed pole position in Qatar before going on to finish fourth in the race.

The 2019 Moto2 Spanish Grand Prix was won by Lorenzo Baldassarri ahead of Jorge Navarro and Augusto Fernandez. Navarro enters the 2020 edition sixth in the championship while Fernandez is down in twenty eighth having retired in Qatar.

MotoGP

The premier class will finally get underway this weekend having almost managed to contest the Qatar Grand Prix. Marc Marquez will start the season as the defending champion after a dominant campaign in 2019.

Qatar Test 2020. Day 2. Marc Márquez” by Box Repsol is licensed under CC BY 2.0

He will be joined at the factory Honda team by his brother, Alex Marquez, who is one of three rookies due to compete in the premier class in 2020. The other two are Brad Binder and Iker Lecouna who will be both riding KTM bikes, with the former riding for the factory KTM team while Lecuona will be riding for the Tech3 KTM team.

Another rider change of sorts has taken place at Aprilia where Bradley Smith was given a late call-up to replace Andrea Iannone. Smith is due to ride in the opening two rounds of the 2020 season after Iannone failed a doping test and is currently awaiting the results of his appeal.

The 2019 Spanish Grand Prix saw an all Spanish top three with Marc Marquez winning ahead of Alex Rins and Maverick Vinales.

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It has been great having the likes of IndyCar and Formula 1 back and it is more than welcome to see MotoGP return in Jerez this weekend with all four categories in action to hopefully provide plenty of entertainment throughout the Grand Prix weekend.

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