MotoGP action will start up again this coming Friday in Jerez de la Frontera, Spain, a city well-known for its love of racing. Located in a slight valley in the south of Spain, Jerez can be counted on to provide perfect weather for both the racers and the enthusiastic spectators at the Grand Prix of Spain.
The Circuito de Jerez...
is a 4.428 km (2.751 miles) track consisting of 13 turns and a 600 meter starting straight. Since the circuit first hosted a MotoGP race in 1987, it has become a Mecca for motorcycle racing fans in Spain and many neighboring countries.
The 2011 MotoGP Series
Jerez is the second stop in the eighteen-race MotoGP series and will give us a better idea about where this season is heading. As we saw at the season opener in Qatar, last year’s champion, Casey Stoner (Repsol Honda), is facing some stiff competition from a duo of Spanish racers, Dani Pedrosa (Repsol Honda) and Jorge Lorenzo (Yamaha Factory Racing). Although it seemed like Stoner would capture the first win of the season, he was overtaken by Lorenzo and Pedrosa late in the race, with Lorenzo finishing in first. You can be sure that these two will be aiming for a repeat performance this Sunday when they race on their home turf.
Spanish MotoGP Racers
Besides Pedrosa and Lorenzo, two other Spanish riders are currently ranked in the top ten after the race in Qatar. With Alvaro Bautista (Honda) in seventh and Hector Barbera (Pramac Racing Team) in ninth, Spanish spectators have a wealth of riders to cheer on.
Who will be 2012 MotoGP Champion?
Of course, every one has their eyes on nine-time MotoGP champion Valentino Rossi whether or not they think he has a shot at winning another title. After a winless season in 2011, many are wondering if the Ducati rider has still got what it takes to compete with young guns such as Stoner and Lorenzo.