GP of Spain (Jerez): Lorenzo’s lucky track.

03/05/2018
Ducati in Jerez
Dovizioso leads the Championship after the GP of the Americas. Andrea is again in first position after his victory in the first race.

-Lorenzo scored his first podium with Ducati at the GP of Spain last year, in a race where he overtook Folger, Miller, Rossi, Viñales, Iannone and Zarco.

-With 5 victories, Jorge Lorenzo is in second place for the most number of wins at the Jerez circuit; and he has stood on the podium 10 times.

-Lorenzo has 7 pole positions in Jerez, making him the rider who has held the starting position the most number of times.

Lorenzo has started from the front row 11 times in Jerez.

Jorge Lorenzo holds the circuit record in Jerez (1'38.735 in 2015), the fastest lap record (1'37.910 in 2015), and the pole record (1'37.910 in 2015).

At the GP of Spain on May 5th 2002, Jorge Lorenzo became the youngest rider to participate in a World Championship race, at 15 years and 1 day of age.

The first pole position for Ducati was obtained by Capirossi at the Spanish GP of 2003, which was only the third race for the Italian MotoGP bike.

The two podiums achieved in 2006 and 2007 in the 250cc category are Dovizioso’s best results in Jerez. His best position in MotoGP is the 5th he scored in 2014.

For Lorenzo’s first year in MotoGP, he held pole position at the GP of Spain with an advantage of 7 tenths over the rider who qualified second.

Ducati has the top speed record, with a total of 295.90 km/h achieved in 2015.

Ducati has one victory in Jerez: in 2006 with Loris Capirossi, which was the first race of the season, and has four additional podiums: with Bayliss in 2003, Stoner in 2009, Hayden in 2011 and with Lorenzo last year.

Curiosities

At this GP the circuit of Jerez will be renamed after the legendary rider Angel Nieto, who tragically lost his life last year.

There will have been 32 races at Jerez after this weekend, putting the circuit just after Assen which has held races continuously since 1987.

Jerez is the third circuit with the most GPs held in the history of the Motorcycle World Championship, behind the Dutch track, which is the only event that has been present since the start of the championship in 1949, and Spa-Francorchamps, which has held 40 races.

Of the 31 GPs held in Jerez to date, only three of them have been in the rain: in 2000, 2004 and 2011.

The corner onto the front straight, named Jorge Lorenzo, has decided many races and generated more than one controversy. The most outstanding were the races in 2005, with the collision between Valentino Rossi and Sete Gibernau, and the race in 2013 between Marc Márquez and Jorge Lorenzo.

In the last seven years, no rider has managed to score two consecutive victories at the Spanish track. The last rider to do it was Lorenzo in 2010 and 2011.

Of all the circuits where Márquez has won, Jerez has his worst percentage of victories. He has only won one of the nine races he has contested there.

In 1996, the public invaded the track before the final lap because they believed that the race had ended.
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