Archive - Apr 2012
The weather may have tried to claim the leading role at Jerez on Sunday, but after three fascinating races, there are still a few stars which easily outshone it. First and foremost is surely Romano Fenati: the Italian teenager won a Moto3 race at just the second attempt, going one better than his first race. Winning was impressive enough - you had to go back to 1991 and Nobby Ueda to find a rookie with a better debut, and Fenati's victory made him the 3rd youngest winner behind Scott Redding and Marc Marquez - but it was the manner of his victory which impressed most. Not only did the 16-year-old keep his head in the treacherous conditions while all around him fell, ran off track or made other serious mistakes, he also managed to run at a pace simply inconceivable to the rest of the field. Fenati was over 1.5 seconds a lap quicker than the rest, and he went on to win by over 36 seconds. This was just his second ever race in the rain (he won the first one, naturally) and he still felt he lacked experience in the wet. His victory received the loudest round of applause in the media center all day.
Press releases from the MotoGP teams after Sunday's race at Jerez:
Press releases from the Moto2 and Moto3 teams after Sunday's race at Jerez:
Results and summary of the MotoGP race at Jerez:
Results and summary of the Moto2 race at Jerez:
Results and summary of the Moto3 race at Jerez:
The weather has been the star of the show at Jerez so far, and will be a factor again today. Heavy overnight rain has soaked the track, and the lighter rain which followed is starting to move away. The track was fully wet for the Moto3 warm up, and Moto2 is out on a quickly drying track. MotoGP faces the same half-and-half conditions that have plagued them all weekend, putting them in a spot with rain tires.
The best forecast at the moment is that light showers may fall throughout any of the three races. It should be largely dry, but the track is going to be greasy. Ducati's prayers for rain have gone unanswered.