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Fierce competition expected in Spanish MotoGP

MotoGP riders

Bengaluru, May 3: The pre-event press conference of the Spanish GP got the riders into top gear for the European leg of the FIM MotoGP World Championship season.

Championship leader Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati) joined by nine-time world champion Valentino Rossi (Yamaha), Austin winner Alex Rins (Suzuki), reigning champion Marc Marquez (Honda), Circuit Of The Americas podium finisher Jack Miller (Pramac) for the presser ahead of the Spanish GP to be held at the Circuito de Jerez-Angel Nieto on Sunday (May 5).

The talk ranged from speed to the track conidtions as some of the big names in the paddock got into the groove quickly.

Dovizioso confident

Dovizioso confident

First to speak was ‘DesmoDovi', fresh from a visit to the Royal Andalusian Equestrian School - and that's where the Italian started.

"It was fun, really nice! But I was very close to the horses and it was a bit scary! The pictures are really nice though," he said. And then it was back to the racing:

"Last year our speed in the race was really good, but this year the asphalt is different, so it'll affect everybody a lot. Let's see if it'll affect in a positive or negative way."

Important for Rossi

Important for Rossi

Next up was Rossi, the man with a stunning record in Jerez and the winner most recently in 2016. Since then, it has been a tougher track for Yamaha, and the Italian notes how important the weekend will be.

"It'll be very important for understanding if we're stronger and faster, if we've improved the bike because last year was a very difficult weekend and I wasn't so fast, my speed wasn't enough."

Rins in focus

Rins in focus

The atmosphere for Rins then, after his first premier class win in Austin, must have been a good one over the past two weeks. And he affirms it was, but he is already reset to try and do it again - this time on home turf.

"It was incredible and unbelievable to get my first win in MotoGP in Austin, I got my first win in Moto2 and Moto3 there so I'm quite happy, these two weeks were incredible but after the race I was thinking about the next one in Jerez. I'm excited to start with the new tarmac and we'll see how it's going."

Marquez moves on

Marquez moves on

After Rins came Marquez, the man who was leading that Americas GP before disaster hit and he slid out of contention. But, much like Rins, the reigning champion has moved on to Jerez - the first home race of the season.

"The important thing is me and my team understand why I crashed. Now we need to focus on Jerez, try to keep the same level because I feel really good with the bike. I've felt good since Qatar, so it's important to continue like this."

The track action at Jerez begins on Friday (May 3) with the race proper to be held on Sunday.

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Story first published: Friday, May 3, 2019, 11:53 [IST]
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