Morbidelli back in form
After two difficult Grands Prix, Franco Morbidelli regained some if his form at the Jerez circuit. The Italian crossed the finish line at the foot of the Moto2 podium.
With the return of the world championship to Europe, Franco Morbidelli had promised himself he’d get back in the right direction. The Italian kept his word on the Jerez circuit which hosted this weekend the fourth race of the season. Fourth on the starting line, Franco took the chequered flag in the same position.
“I thought I could make it to the podium but I couldn’t keep up with the pace of the leaders,”
he honestly commented.
“It was hotter than during the free practice sessions, the track was slippery and there were lots of falls. I didn’t want to push my luck, preferring to make sure I took fourth place. After two difficult races, it was important to have a good result for the team.”
Alex Marquez was less fortunate. The Spaniard, who celebrated his twentieth birthday this weekend, fell in the third lap of the race when he was in the top five. In MotoGP neither Miller nor Rabat finished the race with points to take home. The Australian suffered from his ankle and bit the bullet to reach the finish line while his teammate struggled with grip problems.
While Rabat stays at the seventeenth place in the MotoGP standings, Miller slipped back to twenty-first position with only two points on his scorecard since the opening of the season. In Moto2, Morbidelli climbed to tenth place. Marquez is in twentieth position.
The Jerez circuit hosted its thirtieth Grand Prix in a row this year. That’s a good track record of its own, since only the Assen circuit can claim a longer series. The Dutch hall of speed has been in the Grand Prix calendar since the creation of the world championships in 1949. In 1987, when Jerez hosted its first Spanish Grand Prix, getting to Andalusia was not a barrel of laughs for the teams involved.
“There was no highway and you had to take your time,”
recalls one of the mechanics of the VDS team. Things have changed. Evidently, it’s the Spanish riders who’ve chalked up the most wins on the Andalusian track: 7 in MotoGP, 4 in 500 3 in Moto2, 6 in 250, 1 in Moto3, 6 in 125 and 3 in 80. As far as Valentino Rossi is concerned, he’s the rider with the most wins in Jerez. The Italian nine-time world champion has taken the chequered flag eight times.