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  • MotoGP Spanish GP: Marc Marquez Takes Pole Position, Jorge Martin Wins Sprint Race in Jerez

  • The Round 4 of MotoGP 2024, Gran Premio Estrella Galicia 0,0 de España took place at the Circuito de Jerez - Ángel Nieto in Jerez de la Frontera on April 27, 2024.

    This time, Dani Pedrosa (KTM Test Rider) joined in the event as a wild-card, alongside Stefan Bradl (Honda Test Rider) and Lorenzo Savadori (Trackhouse Aprilia).
    In a wet Qualifying, Marc Marquez (Gresini Ducati) took a maiden pole position as a Gresini Ducati rider. This marks his first pole position since the 2023 Portuguese GP.
    Marco Bezzecchi (VR46 Ducati) was 2nd behind Marc Marquez by 0.271s. It is his first front row of 2024. Followed by, Jorge Martin (Pramac Ducati) was 3rd.
    Brad Binder (Red Bull KTM), Fabio Di Giannantonio (VR46 Ducati), and Alex Marquez (Gresini Ducati) will start on the second row.
    Reigning Champion and 2023 Jerez winner Francesco Bagnaia (Ducati Lenovo) was 7th, making it the first time since 2021 that he hasn't started on the front row in four consecutive races.
    Rookie sensation Pedro Acosta (Red Bull GASGAS Tech3) lost the front at the final turn with 3mins to go and finished 10th.
  • In the Sprint Race, Jorge Martin took his second victory of the season and the fourth podium for the fourth race in a row.
    Pedro Acosta finished in 2nd, earning him the first Sprint podium of his career.
    Fabio Quartararo (Monster Yamaha), who stated from 23rd, finished in 3rd and took his first podium of 2024. But after the race, he was awarded an eight-seconds penalty for a tyre pressure infringement post-race and dropped 5th. Instead, Daniel Pedrosa moved up to 3rd from 4th and claimed his first MotoGP top three since 2017.
    Poleman Marc Marquez led at the halfway stage of the race, but he fell at Turn 9 on lap seven. He returned to the race and finished in 7th.
    But Raul Fernandez (Trackhouse Aprilia), who finished 6th, received 8-second post-race penalties for low tyre pressure, then Marc Marquez moved up 6th.
    Reigning champion Francesco Bagnaia was involved in a collision with Marco Bezzecchi and Brad Binder at Turn 1 on lap three, and retired the race.
    Americas GP winner Maverick Vinales (Aprilia Racing) was running in 3rd, but crashed out on lap nine.
  • Jorge Martin said, “He pulled a gap as soon as he overtook me but then I was able to keep that gap. I was trying to catch him again and was going to keep trying until the end. But today, maybe the realistic position was second. But I'm happy. I did a great start and pushed quite a lot at the beginning. Maybe I used too much the tyre. From that point I just tried to follow Marc until the crash and then to finish because Pedro [Acosta] was three or four seconds behind. At that point, going to finish line was enough to win today. I didn't expect it this morning with the wet conditions. It was a special day and hopefully tomorrow we can improve and fight for the victory. I didn't know of these crashes at the time. I saw that those guys were quite far behind so I took really low risk when I was in front. For sure, turn five was really difficult to see the damp patches. It was really easy to go on the ground; turn eight, turn nine, last corner. It was really complicated to finish today but we did it. I think we used a lot our experience to finish and get the most points possible. There are some riders with more pace, at least in the early laps but then I feel confident that we can fight for the victory, Today, with the soft [tyre] maybe Marc was more competitive today. Let's see tomorrow with the medium but we can achieve a good result and hopefully be on the podium.”

    Marc Marquez said, “Of course I'm disappointed. Of course I want to learn about the mistakes. But every time I feel closer and closer and this gives me confidence. We crashed one more time but not because of overriding. Just like most of the riders, I touched a wet patch and I lost the front. It was super difficult to control all those things today. But the most positive thing was coming back and leading the race. And in turn nine I didn't realise there was a wet patch. Then at the finish line I checked and there was only a 20cm patch to crash, but now is time to focus for tomorrow. Let's see in the long race because with that medium tyre it might change a bit the situation. Those medium tyres; in FP1 I had a good tyre but FP2 the tyre was a bit different. It will be super interesting to understand the grip and level of grip that we have in the race. Martin, Binder and then from the back maybe Vinales, Bagnaia and Acosta will arrive. It will be a good race.”

    Gran Premio Estrella Galicia 0,0 de España Qualifying Results

    1. Marc Marquez / Gresini Ducati / 1'46.773s

    2. Marco Bezzecchi / VR46 Ducati / +0.271s

    3. Jorge Martin / Pramac Ducati / +0.608s

    4. Brad Binder / Red Bull KTM / +0.957s

    5. Fabio Di Giannantonio / VR46 Ducati / +1.005s

    6. Alex Marquez / Gresini Ducati / +1.067s

    7. Francesco Bagnaia / Ducati Lenovo / +1.189s

    8. Franco Morbidelli / Pramac Ducati / +1.343s

    9. Enea Bastianini / Ducati Lenovo / +1.589s

    10. Pedro Acosta / Red Bull GASGAS Tech3 / +1.755s

    11. Maverick Viñales / Aprilia Racing / +1.822s

    12. Aleix Espargaro / Aprilia Racing / +2.644s

    13. Johann Zarco / LCR Honda / 1'48.102s

    14. Miguel Oliveira / Trackhouse Aprilia / 1'48.418s

    15. Jack Miller / Red Bull KTM / 1'48.672s

    16. Daniel Pedrosa / KTM Test Rider / 1'48.699s

    17. Raul Fernandez / Trackhouse Aprilia / 1'48.728s

    18. Augusto Fernandez / Red Bull GASGAS Tech3 / 1'49.229s

    19. Stefan Bradl / Honda Test Rider / 1'49.659s

    20. Joan Mir / Repsol Honda / 1'49.765s

    21. Lorenzo Savadori / Trackhouse Aprilia / 1'49.86s

    22. Luca Marini / Repsol Honda / 1'49.978s

    23. Fabio Quartararo / Monster Yamaha / 1'50.1s

    24. Takaaki Nakagami / LCR Honda / 1'50.245s

    25. Alex Rins / Monster Yamaha / 1'50.302s

    Gran Premio Estrella Galicia 0,0 de España Sprint Race Results

    1. Jorge Martin / Pramac Ducati / 19m 52.682s

    2. Pedro Acosta / Red Bull GASGAS Tech3 / +2.970s

    3. Daniel Pedrosa / Red Bull KTM / +7.102s

    4. Franco Morbidelli / Pramac Ducati / +8.481s

    5. Fabio Quartararo / Monster Yamaha / +15.052s

    6. Marc Marquez / Gresini Ducati / +18.131s

    7. Augusto Fernandez / Red Bull GASGAS Tech3 / +18.278s

    8. Miguel Oliveira / Trackhouse Aprilia / +18.418s

    9. Joan Mir / Repsol Honda / +18.553s

    10. Takaaki Nakagami / LCR Honda / +21.136s

    11. Johann Zarco / LCR Honda / +21.948s

    12. Raul Fernandez / Trackhouse Aprilia / +23.882s

    13. Fabio Di Giannantonio / VR46 Ducati / +31.478s

    14. Jack Miller / Red Bull KTM / +45.901s

    15. Alex Rins / Monster Yamaha / +70.288s

    16. Lorenzo Savadori / Trackhouse Aprilia / +82.979s

    Photo by MotoGP
  • source : MotoGP
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