MotoGP sets off for a round in Jerez

Jerez de la Frontera (Spain) (AFP) - The MotoGP World Championship season kicks off this weekend in Jerez (Spain) where, like Formula 1, two GPs will be organized one week apart on the circuit Andalusian but without spectators.

The stars of the plateau have not competed in the race since mid-November, and the start of the championship, initially scheduled for early March in Qatar, has been postponed for several months due to coronavirus.

"It was a little strange situation.It was a little different to live without the adrenaline and the pressure of the race," said Valentino Rossi, the seven-time world champion, who has been racing in MotoGP for 20 years, on Thursday.

The 22 MotoGP riders, however, had a warm-up day on Wednesday, which showed the Yamaha to be very fast, the Honda and Suzuki just behind and the Ducatis a little further.

But with less than a second separating the first fifteen drivers, it is difficult to predict whether this hierarchy will be that of qualifying on Saturday and the race on Sunday, which will start at 2 p.m.local (12 p.m.GMT).

The Spaniard Maverick Vinales on his official Yamaha beat the Frenchman Fabio Quartararo on that of the Malaysian team SRT, the Frenchman's machine however enjoying the latest developments from the factory."There are still some adaptations to report to last season, "he said on Thursday.

The 20-year-old from Nice was penalized for taking part in private practice with a motorcycle that did not comply with the regulations and will therefore be deprived of the first twenty minutes of the 1st free practice session on Friday.

The six-time world champion and title holder Marc Marquez (Honda) ambushed behind the two Yamaha.

Posted Date: 2020-08-21

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