News & Multimedia

MotoGP Preview: Grand Prix Of Spain

EVENT: Grand Prix of Spain

WHERE: Jerez de la Frontera Circuit, Jerez, Spain. Circuit is 2.748 miles (4.423 km), with 13 turns. Race is 27 laps.

WHEN: Sunday, April 3. It is the second of 18 events this season.

2010 RACE WINNER: Jorge Lorenzo, by .543 of a second over Dani Pedrosa

2010 POLE WINNER: Pedrosa, 1 minute, 39.202 seconds

U.S. TV: MotoGP race, 8-9 a.m. (ET), Sunday, April 3, SPEED (live). Moto2: 1-2 p.m. (ET), Tuesday, April 5, SPEED (delayed). 125cc: Noon-1 p.m. (ET), Tuesday, April 5, SPEED (delayed).

THE AMERICANS: U.S. riders Ben Spies (Longview, Texas, Yamaha Factory Racing), Nicky Hayden (Owensboro, Ky., Ducati Team), Colin Edwards (Houston, Monster Yamaha Tech 3) and John Hopkins (Ramona, Calif., Rizla Suzuki MotoGP Team) will compete in the MotoGP race. Spies is sixth, Edwards eighth and Hayden ninth in the standings after one race. This is Hopkins’ season debut. Kenny Noyes (Borrego Springs, Calif., Avintia-STX) will compete in the Moto2 race. Noyes did not score points in the season-opening race.

FORM BOOK:

Up – Casey Stoner. Stoner opened the 2011 season with a victory in his Repsol Honda Team debut March 20 at the Grand Prix of Qatar, beating defending World Champion Jorge Lorenzo by 3.440 seconds.
Up – Jorge Lorenzo. Many expected a Honda whitewash at the season-opening Grand Prix of Qatar after the manufacturer led every day of preseason testing and won the pole at Qatar. But Lorenzo opened his championship defense with a spirited ride to second place, showing Yamaha may have the pace to compete with Honda in 2011.
Down – Dani Pedrosa. 2010 Red Bull Indianapolis GP champion Pedrosa faded from the lead to third at the season-opening Grand Prix of Qatar, complaining of having no feeling in his left arm after the race. Pedrosa will undergo surgery after this race to repair compression of an artery under his collarbone.
Down – Alvaro Bautista. Bautista will miss his home Grand Prix this weekend after suffering a broken femur during a practice crash at the Grand Prix of Qatar. This opened the door for the return of American John Hopkins to the Rizla Suzuki MotoGP team this weekend. Hopkins will race in MotoGP for the first time since 2008.

FAST FACTS: There will be four Americans on a MotoGP grid for the first time since the inaugural Red Bull Indianapolis GP in September 2008, as John Hopkins joins Ben Spies, Colin Edwards and Nicky Hayden. Hopkins is replacing Alvaro Bautista at Rizla Suzuki MotoGP, as Bautista suffered a broken femur in practice at the season-opening Grand Prix of Qatar. Hopkins competed full time in MotoGP from 2002-08, riding a Yamaha, Suzuki and Kawasaki … Casey Stoner’s victory March 20 at Qatar was the first win for Honda there since Sete Gibernau triumphed in 2004 … Stoner has won his debut races with the factory teams for which he has competed. He also won the season-opening Grand Prix of Qatar in 2007 for the Ducati Team … Stoner is the first rider to win in the 800cc era of MotoGP (2007-11) on bikes from different manufacturers … When Alvaro Bautista didn’t race at the Grand Prix of Qatar because of his broken femur, it was the first MotoGP race since the Grand Prix of Germany in 1974 without a Suzuki on the starting grid … Seven-time MotoGP World Champion has won six times in the premier class at Jerez ... This is the first of four Grands Prix this season in motorcycle-crazy Spain. The others are June 5 at Barcelona, Sept. 18 at Aragon and Nov. 6 at Valencia.

***

2011 Red Bull Indianapolis GP tickets: 2011 Red Bull Indianapolis GP tickets are on sale now.

To buy tickets, visit www.imstix.com, call the IMS ticket office at (317) 492-6700 or (800) 822-INDY outside the Indianapolis area or visit the ticket office at the IMS Administration Building at the corner of Georgetown Road and 16th Street. Ticket office and phone hours are 8 a.m.-5 p.m. (ET) Monday-Friday.

The 2011 Red Bull Indianapolis GP is scheduled for Aug. 26-28 at IMS.

Race Day general admission tickets cost $40, with Friday general admission $10 and Saturday general admission $20. A three-day general admission ticket is $60. A Friday-Saturday general admission ticket is $25.

Children ages 12 and under will be admitted free any of the three days of the event when accompanied by an adult with a general admission ticket.

Race Day reserved seat prices will start at $70.

Show More Show Less
Now Viewing
MotoGP Preview: Grand Prix Of Spain
 
MotoGP Preview: Grand Prix Of Spain
A preview of the MotoGP Grand Prix of Spain on April 3 at the Jerez Circuit.
Read More
Related Media
Nicky Hayden
 
Hayden Looks Forward To Enjoying Riding Again in 2015
The American DRIVE M7 Aspar rider is one of the most experienced men in MotoGP and a throwback to the old-school hard men that inspired him.
Read More
Jack Miller
 
Miller, Vinales Among New Faces Set To Join MotoGP in 2015
Vinales and Miller will be on the grid at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Aug. 9, 2015, for the Red Bull Indianapolis GP, battling defending race champion and two-time defending World Champion Marc Marquez, of the Repsol Honda team.
Read More
CICOA at IMS
 
Carpenter Helps Celebrate CICOA Meals & More Program's 18 Millionth Meal
The CICOA Meals & More program works to combat that, providing 2,000 meals every weekday in clients’ homes and at 27 Central Indiana meal sites. And on Wednesday at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, CICOA served its 18 millionth meal to a senior guest.
Read More
Bloomington Gold
 
Bloomington Gold Corvettes USA Coming To IMS in June 2015
Bloomington Gold Corvettes USA, “The Granddaddy of Corvette Shows,” will make its inaugural appearance at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway from June 25-27, 2015.
Read More
Kevin Harvick
 
Monday Racing Roundup: Harvick Wins at Phoenix
Harvick won for the third straight race and sixth time overall on the 1-mile oval at Phoenix International Raceway, leading 264 of 312 laps to secure the only automatic transfer spot of the Eliminator round.
Read More
Items 1 - 5 of 476
Reserve one of our hospitality suites for your next event!
To start planning your event at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway please fill out our Information Request Form or contact Phil Sparks at (317) 492-6463 or email at psparks@brickyard.com.
Latest Tweets
RT @FirestoneRacing: Today's trivia question: When @RyanHunterReay won the 2014 #Indy500 he became Firestone’s ___ Indy 500 winner? #IndyCar
about 17 hours ago