Circuito de Jerez is the venue for the Gran Premio Red Bull de España, with the main race taking place on Sunday 6 May. The Spanish Grand Prix is one of the most colourful and vibrant events on the calendar, drawing huge crowds from all over the world. The circuit, located in the south of Spain, was built in 1986, hosting its first Grand Prix a year later. It has remained on the MotoGP calendar ever since and is a favourite of fans, who can watch the best riders in the world while basking under the Andalusian sunshine.
Home favourites Jorge Lorenzo, Marc Marquez, Dani Pedrosa and Maverick Vinales are sure to get the backing of a passionate crowd, and it is Marc Marquez who is a strong 13/20 favourite to win in Spain.
Maverick Vinales is the 9/2 second-favourite, with Dani Pedrosa just behind at 11/2. Odds on the current standings leader Dovizioso to win have lengthened to 12/1 recently, perhaps prompted by his recent concession that Ducati's weak points are "too big" at the moment.
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Andrea Dovizioso has had a consistent start to the season, winning in Qatar and finishing runner-up in Argentina. He could only manage a sixth-place finish in the USA last time out, but that saw him regain the lead in the title race. He has never finished better than fifth at Circuito de Jerez, which he’s done on three occasions, and he will have his work cut out to beat the Spanish riders who seem to excel on this track.
World Champion Marc Marquez got his first win of the season two weeks ago in Texas, at a track he has won at six times in a row. His last win at Circuito de Jerez came back in 2014, but in the five races has contested there in MotoGP, he has finished on the podium each time. He was second in a Spanish 1-2-3 last year and is surely the one to beat this time.
A second-place finish in the USA from Maverick Vinales was his best position of the season, having finished sixth in Qatar and Argentina. Despite being one of the home favourites, Vinales has only finished sixth in Spain in the last two years, but he might do better this time buoyed by that better run in Texas.
Marc Marquez’s first win of the season is an ominous sign for his rivals and he is the hot favourite to win again in front of his home crowd, especially with Dovizioso’s poor record there.
Sports.net's Top Tip
Dani Pedrosa led home a Spanish 1-2-3 at this track last year, which also included Jorge Lorenzo finishing in third place. Both of these riders have won the race since 2013 and one or both of them have been on the podium every year since 2005. Either would make a great each-way bet.