MotoGP 2017: Spain preview – round four at Jerez
This weekend MotoGP arrives in Europe for the first of 11 consecutive rounds before the series embarks on the three fly-away rounds bfore returning to Europe for the season finale at Valencia.
The Jerez circuit in Spain hosts the first of these rounds and celebrates its 30th anniversary on the Grand Prix calendar. The circuit has been a good hunting ground for Spanish riders. For the last 13 years there has been at least one home rider on the podium.
Spanish success aside, Valentino Rossi is the most successful rider at Jerez, with seven victories in the premier class and nine in total across all three classes.
In the premier class the last five years have seen five different winners, three of them Spanish. Valentino Rossi’s second place at Austin at the last round means that the Monster Yamaha rider heads the World Championship ahead of this weekend's race, making him the oldest rider to head the premier class since Jack Findlay in 1977.……
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