2021 MotoGP Spanish Grand Prix Preview

This weekend sees the return of Moto3, Moto2 and MotoGP who will contest the fourth round of their respective championships in Jerez. They are also set to be joined by MotoE which will begin its third season.

Starting off with MotoE, this weekend’s race is one of a planned seven to be held throughout 2021. The season is currently set to conclude with a double header at Misano in September.

Previous champions Matteo Ferrari and Jordi Torres are expected to contest the full season alongside a further 16 riders.

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In Moto3 rookie Pedro Acosta continues to lead the championship after following up his maiden victory in the Doha Grand Prix with another victory in Portugal. The Spaniard has a 31 point advantage over second placed, and teammate, Jaume Masia.

Joint third in the championship entering the latest Grand Prix weekend are Darryn Binder and Niccolo Antonelli who are three points behind Masia. Binder failed to score points in Portugal due to being forced to take a pitlane start, while Antonelli finished sixth in Portimao.

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In Moto2 Remy Gardner will enter this weekend as the championship leader as the Australian has started his 2021 campaign with two second places and a third place finish. Gardner has a four point advantage over Moto2 rookie Raul Fernandez who won last time out and is second in the championship.

Completing the top three in the Moto2 standings is Sam Lowes who is perhaps fortunate to be only six points behind Gardner and two behind Fernandez, after the Briton high sided out of the Portuguese Grand Prix on the opening lap. This after Lowes had won the opening two races of the season, and had qualified on pole in Portugal.

Marc Márquez y Pol Espargaró. GP de Portugal 2021” by Box Repsol is licensed under CC BY 2.0

In MotoGP Fabio Quartararo leads the way and has a 15 point advantage over nearest rival Francesco Bagnaia entering this weekend. Completing the top three in the championship is Maverick Vinales who is five points behind Bagnaia and one ahead of previous championship leader Johann Zarco.

Reigning MotoGP champion Joan Mir will begin the fourth race weekend of the season fifth in the championship. The Suzuki rider is two points behind Zarco and 13 points ahead of sixth placed Aleix Espargaro.

Lastly a word on Marc Marquez who returned to competitive racing in Portugal, where the Spaniard finished seventh. It means he is fourteenth in the championship and two points behind teammate Pol Espargaro, as Marquez returns to the venue where he suffered the injury that ultimately sidelined him for nine months.

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