Quartararo was untouchable in Jerez in 2020 and 2021. He won both races two years ago by a combined margin of 10.1 seconds and he was already close to being 2 seconds ahead of Jack Miller before the arm pump did hit last season. So does he feel he has unfinished business to deliver this weekend?
“Refund? I will say no,” said the reigning MotoGP world champion. “Because basically it wasn’t a problem with the bike, it was a problem on my side. I would say I come in much better prepared. The operation I had last year was perfect, so, of course, I feel “We can go very fast but we have to work on a normal weekend. I think we have the potential to fight for the win but we have to do it step by step, first on Friday and then we will see our speed.”
Rins (Team Suzuki Ecstar) and Espargaro (Aprilia Racing) are arguably the two men most likely to prevent the factory Yamaha rider from succeeding. The pair are breathing down Quartararo’s neck in the title chase and hope to sneak away from the Frenchman in what they believe will be an incredibly close and competitive race.
So, will we see Marquez at his best again this weekend? Or will it take the crucial official test on Monday (May 2) to find the breakthrough they so desperately need to trigger the No. 93 title tilt? We will find out this Sunday (May 1) during the Spanish GP!
Trade bikes for football
Meanwhile, as part of the MotoGP brand’s continued rapprochement with the top tier of Spanish League football, a few familiar faces from the paddock have made their way to La Liga clubs Sevilla and Cadiz.
This visit was just before the Andalusian clasico, which will take place on Friday April 29 when Sevilla FC face Cadiz CF at home for the latter at the Ramon Sanchez-Pizjuan stadium.
From paddock to field
Multiple MotoGP race winner Maverick Vinales was joined by Moto2 rider Albert Arenas and Moto3 challenger Izan Guevara at the Ramon Sanchez-Pizjuan stadium in Seville, before other riders headed to Ciudad Deportiva Bahaa de Cadiz el Rosal.
In Sevilla the riders visited the stadium and also exchanged shirts, while in Cádiz the riders faced challenges to test their footballing skills!