Both Alex Rins and Sam Lowes are yet to take to the podium in the intermediate class in Jerez, can they change that in 2016?
All the up to date facts and figures you need to know before the Moto2™ race in Jerez.
- After his second place finish at Austin, Sam Lowes leads the world championship classification for the first time. Lowes has not scored any points in his previous two Moto2™ appearances at Jerez: in 2014 he crashed on the ninth lap and then re-started only to crash again later in the race. Last year he qualified in sixth place on the grid in Jerez, but slipped back through the field during the race to finish 20th.
- Alex Rins qualified on pole for the Moto3™ race at Jerez in 2012 in just his second GP start and in the race finished fourth. He was again on pole at Jerez in 2013 when he crashed out of the race. He finished third in the Moto3™ race at the Spanish Grand Prix two years ago – his first GP podium finish at Jerez. He qualified in second place on the Moto2™ grid last year at Jerez and then crashed at the final corner when attempting to take Tito Rabat for second place; he re-started to finish 18th.
- World Champion Johann Zarco has twice finished on the podium at Jerez; third in the 125cc race in 2011 and second in the Moto2™ race last year after starting in ninth place on the grid.
- Tom Luthi has had three podium finishes at Jerez in the Moto2™ class: third in 2010 and 2012, and second in 2011. Last year Luthi qualified fourth and finished fourth at Jerez.
- Dominique Aegerter’s fourth place finish at Austin was his best result since he was fourth at Indianapolis last year. Aegerter has had a single podium finish at Jerez – second in 2014, which was his best grand prix result at that time.
- Jonas Folger has a great record at Jerez – he has been on the podium there on four occasions; second in Moto3™ in 2011 and third in 2013, third in Moto2 in 2014 and a race win last year.
- Jonas Folger is the only rider competing in Moto2™ who has won in the class at Jerez. Other riders currently competing in Moto2 who have won in the Moto3™/125cc class at Jerez are Simone Corsi (2008) and Danny Kent (2015).
- Three riders in the Moto2™ class celebrate their birthdays over the Spanish Grand Prix weekend: on the day of qualifying Alex Marquez is 20 and Alessandro Tonucci is 23, and on race day Simone Corsi is 29.