2020 MotoGP Andalusian Grand Prix Preview

Following swiftly on from the Spanish Grand Prix at Jerez, all four MotoGP categories are due to be in action once again in Jerez for the Andalusian Grand Prix.

MotoE

Eric Granado heads into the weekend as the initial championship leader in MotoE after winning the opening round of the season by three seconds from reigning MotoE champion Matteo Ferrari. Granado dominated the weekend to a certain extent as he also claimed pole position and the fastest lap in the opening weekend of the 2020 MotoE season.

Dominique Aegerter completed the first podium of the season after battling with Lukas Tulovic, who finished fourth.

Moto3

Albert Arenas heads into the weekend as the rider to beat having followed up his win in Qatar back in early March by winning the Spanish Grand Prix as well. His closest challenger in the championship is Japanese rider Ai Ogura who followed up his third place finish in Qatar with a second place last weekend, leaving Ogura 14 points behind Arenas going into this weekend.

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Third in the championship is John McPhee, despite crashing out at the final corner on the last lap of the race last weekend after a late lunge in an attempt to claim victory. He is 16 points behind Ogura and just one ahead of the trio of Jaume Masia, Tatsuki Suzuki and Gabriel Rodrigo.

Jeremy Alcoba is the highest placed Moto3 rookie going into the weekend following up his seventh place finish in Qatar with fifteenth at the first race in Jerez. He therefore enters the weekend eleventh in the championship on 10 points, 6 points ahead of the next best placed rookie, Deniz Oncu, who is currently nineteenth in the championship.

Moto2

Tetsuta Nagashima heads into the weekend leading the Moto2 rider standings after finishing second at the Spanish Grand Prix behind Luca Marini. Nagashima is 17 points ahead of second placed Lorenzo Baldassarri who followed up his second place finish in Qatar with eighth at Jerez.

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Baldassari is only three points ahead of Marini who thanks to his victory last weekend vaulted up the standings into third in the championship. Marini is however only two points ahead of countryman Enea Bastianini who finished ninth in Jerez after taking third at the 2020 Moto2 season opener.

Only 4 points behind Bastianini is Aron Canet who is the highest placed Moto2 rookie having finished eighth in Qatar and then taking fifth at Jerez. It means that Canet goes into this weekend sixth in the championship with him and Bastianini separated in the standings by Remy Gardner who is one point ahead of Canet and three behind Bastianini.

MotoGP

At the time of writing there is doubt as to whether Alex Rins and Cal Crutchlow will be participating this weekend after suffering injuries that ruled both out of the Spanish Grand Prix.

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A rider who is unlikely to be competing at Jerez this weekend will be Marc Marquez who also suffered an injury, during the race. It has been reported by some that the reigning champion could return as early as the Czech Grand Prix at Brno which is due to take place between 7-9 August, while there have been other reports that Marquez is even evaluating whether to participate this weekend.

With three riders having already suffered injuries that have impacted on their ability to compete in the 2020 season, there is likely to be some focus on seeing if anyone else injures themselves during the weekend and whether riders will hold back slightly and especially in the earlier sessions of the weekend. Not forgetting to add to the list of injured riders that of Andrea Dovizioso who had a race to be fit for the Spanish Grand Prix after suffering an injury in the lead up to MotoGP resuming.

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On the track, with Marc Marquez and Cal Crutchlow’s return this weekend touch and go, Honda’s hopes rest on Alex Marquez and Takaaki Nakagami. There are also questions as to whether there will be two Suzuki’s competing this weekend after Joan Mir was left as the only Suzuki rider in the Spanish Grand Prix.

With Marquez due to be out for at least one race weekend it puts an importance for others with title aspirations to make the most of this weekend and to a certain extent the next couple of rounds.

Fabio Quartararo goes into the weekend as the early championship leader having finally managed to secure a race victory in MotoGP after coming close on occasion during 2019. In second is the factory Yamaha of Maverick Vinales with the Ducati of Andrea Dovizioso completing the initial top three in the championship.

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The highest placed MotoGP rookie going into the weekend is Alex Marquez who finished twelfth with fellow rookie Brad Binder just behind in thirteenth while the last MotoGP rookie of 2020, Iker Lecuona, retired from the opening race of the season.

With four classes once again in action there will be plenty of entertainment on offer in Jerez as new twists and turns are made in the story of the 2020 season.

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