The European season begins for the Ducati Team.

After the three races in Qatar, Argentina and the United States, MotoGP moves to the old continent for a long series of races.
For several years now, the Spanish race in Jerez has inaugurated the central stretch of the championship and is always one of the most highly participated by the public. The paddock comes to life with large trucks parked in front of the pits and sparkling hospitality tents teeming with people.

Dovizioso arrives in Andalusia as the world leader. After his victory in Qatar, Andrea limited the damage in Argentina and the United States, collecting precious points that kept him at the top of the standings. For Lorenzo, however, the first three races brought to light difficulties that had already been experienced last year, but it is also true that at Jerez the Spaniard made the first decisive step towards competitiveness, reaching the podium for the first time on a Ducati.

The Spanish asphalt has a unique characteristic that makes it extremely smooth, and this always creates great difficulties for riders. The general lack of grip causes a rather accentuated level of degradation of the tyres, and therefore their level of performance plunges rapidly during the race. The choice of the right mix is therefore one of the key factors for maintaining constant performance at Jerez. In addition to tyre wear, the Andalusian circuit puts pressure on other aspects: from the chassis, due to the long series of hard corners, to the brakes, with two decelerations at turns 1 and 6 that engage the brake systems for more than 200 m.

It will be one of the home races for Rabat and Bautista, but also for their teams (Reale Avintia Racing and Angel Nieto Team), so they will need to be watched carefully, and the same goes for Jack Miller, who arrives in Spain after a beautiful race in Austin.

MotoGP comes back to Europe and the racing week-end schedule become the usual one. Here's the timetable for Jerez.
day/session
local time
Friday
FP1
09.55 - 10.40
FP2
14.05 - 14.50
Saturday
FP3
09.55 - 10.40
FP4
13.30 - 14. 00
Q1
14.10 - 14.25
Q2
14.35 - 14.50
Sunday
Warm-Up
09.40 - 10.00
Race
14.00
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