Unstoppable Morbidelli marches on to Jerez
Team Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS rider Franco Morbidelli heads to the Spanish Grand Prix at Jerez this weekend determined to continue the perfect form that has secured him emphatic victories in all three Moto2 races so far this season.
Morbidelli has dominated the intermediate class in 2017 with three wins, two of which were from pole position, but the 22-year-old Italian is under no illusions as to how difficult it will be to maintain his perfect record this weekend in Jerez.
The track is one that is well known to Moto2 riders and one at which the majority have completed hundreds of testing laps. It's also a track at which Morbidelli's closest championship rival, Tom Lüthi, has finished on the podium three times in the past.
Morbidelli could also face a stiff challenge from his Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS teammate, Álex Márquez, who will be racing in front of a partisan home crowd this weekend.
Márquez is the only rider to have mounted a serious challenge to Morbidelli for the win this season, pushing his teammate all the way in Argentina before crashing out on the final lap. The 21-year-old Spaniard also beat his teammate to the top spot in preseason testing at Jerez, a situation he'd be happy to see repeated this weekend as Team Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS return for the first European race of the season.
“Right now I have no idea if I can go to Jerez and win for the fourth time in a row. All I can do is see how things go in the first free practice sessions, because Jerez is a track that everyone knows well from testing and a lot of people are going to be fast there. I'm sure I'm not going to have it all my own way this weekend. Tom Lüthi will be strong again; he has been right behind me in all the races so far this season and I think the same will be true in Jerez. We will work in the same way as we have done all season and then see where we are on Sunday when the lights go out.”
“Jerez is always special for me. It's the first Spanish race of the season and I like the track a lot. The atmosphere is always incredible, but we can't afford to be distracted and we need to concentrate fully all weekend in the same way as we have done at the opening three races. This is a circuit where I was fastest in preseason testing and, although racing is always different, it's also a track at which I'm confident we can try and push for the win if all goes well in practice and qualifying.”