28 April 2022 – Circuito de Jerez – Angel Nieto – Spain
The sixth stop of the Moto3 World Championship will take place on the circuit of Jerez. In fact, a little less than a week after the last round we return to the track on the Spanish circuit, located in Andalusia.
On this circuit the Sterilgarda Husqvarna Max Racing in February carried out its first test of the year, with good results for both our drivers.
The last weekend held in Portimão was full of surprises since Thursday. In fact, when John’s participation in the Grand Prix was certain, a thorough examination carried out by the medical staff of MotoGP, showed a not perfect recovery of the two vertebrae, fractured in the injury of a month before. For this reason, it was necessary to postpone by at least another three weeks the return to the track of our English driver. John’s place was filled by the young David Salvador, who had already competed with our colors in Austin and who reached the circuit on Thursday night.
The weekend was held with difficult weather conditions, in fact on Friday and Saturday it rained, while on Sunday the race was held on the dry track.
Ayumu was fast in every condition and in the race, he was among the fastest on the track. He made a great comeback from the tenth place on the grid and, after battling for the victory, got his second podium of the season. With this performance Ayumu now ranks seventh in the World Championship standings, with 45 points. David did well in practice and for a few thousandths he did not enter directly in qualifying 2. He started from the 21st position and unfortunately remained stuck in the group, without being able to recover. The balance is positive, however, given that for David it was an opportunity to confront the fastest drivers in the category.
The word goes to Ayumu, David and our Team Owner Max Biaggi.
AYUMU SASAKI : “I am very happy to go to Jerez, after two great races. We had a really good time in Portimão, I had a great feeling with the bike, and we gained a lot of confidence from there. During the winter tests in Jerez I felt really good and that’s why I’m happy to be back. I hope I feel good on the bike and fight for the win.”
DAVID SALVADOR : “I am very excited to be able to live this weekend on a track that I really like. It will be a great opportunity to improve the setting of my bike. I want to work well since Friday, trying to make a good result.”
MAX BIAGGI – TEAM OWNER : “We return to Jerez after the tests last February. That was an opportunity for our riders to get familiar with the bike in 2022 configuration. Now we return to this track after five races and a lot of experience. For this reason, this race could be an opportunity for Ayumu to collect a good result, after a fourth and two third places. We will still have Salvador with us and, trusting in a good weather, I hope that the knowledge of the track can help him in the process of adaptation to the team and the bike.”
Last year’s Moto3 race in Jerez saw the victory of P. Acosta, who preceded our former rider R. Fenati and J. Alcoba. The fastest lap of the race was marked by J. Alcoba, with a time of 1’46.158 and an average of 149.9 Km/h. T. Suzuki started from pole, achieving the time of 1’45.807, with an average of 150.4 Km/h.
Ayumu on this track got a fifth place last year, which is his best result.
1’44.988, at an average speed of 151.6 Km/h, is the All Time Lap Record, obtained by A. Migno in 2021. The Best Race Lap was obtained by J. Masia in 2020, with a time of 1’46.060 and an average of 150.1 Km/h. In 2020 T. Suzuki got the Best Pole, with a time of 1’45.410, at an average of 151.0 Km/h. 220.0 Km/h is the Top Speed, which was reached in 2014 by A. Marquez.
Schedule – Local Time (GMT +2)
Here are the times to follow the Moto3 this weekend.
Thursday 28 April
17:00 – Press Conference
Friday 29 April
09:00 – 09:40 – FP1 Moto3
13:15 – 13:55 – FP2 Moto3
Saturday 30 April
09:00 – 09:40 – FP3 Moto3
12:35 – 12:50 – Q1 Moto3
13:00 – 13:15 – Q2 Moto3
Sunday 01 May
09:00 – 09:10 – Warm-Up Moto3
11:00 – Race Moto3