22 March 2007
Dani Pedrosa's lap of Jerez.
Spanish star Dani Pedrosa will be chasing his first MotoGP victory in front of his home fans at Jerez this weekend, a circuit where the talented 21-year-old has already tasted success in the 250cc class.
Here, the Repsol Honda rider talks us through the secrets of the technical Spanish Grand Prix track, starting from the start/finish line...
Main straight to turns 1 and 2, 'Expo 92' and 'Michelin':
"Jerez is a very difficult circuit on a MotoGP bike. There are only a few straights and little time to rest. The main straight is short, so you reach the braking section of the first corner really quickly. Coming out well from Turn 1 is important and the next turn, Michelin, is one of the points of the circuit that allows for good overtaking. It is a right-hand corner where you have to follow the perfect line to get ready for the series of corners coming next."
Turns 3 and 4:
"Turn 3 forces you to change sides on the bike, because you come out from Turn 2 leaning to the right and have to change quickly to the left to enter Turn 3. The straight leading to Turn 4 is hardly noticeable and is quite fast."
Turn 5, 'Sito Pons':
"The Sito Pons turn is really nice, I like it. The bike is almost flat; first it goes upwards and than it goes down to the longest straight of the circuit. You have to make good use of the track and come out well, because otherwise you might get passed in the following 300 metres due to the slipstreams or in the next braking section."
Turn 6, 'Dry Sack':
"After the Sito Pons turn, we face the longest straight of the circuit. It goes downwards and you reach high speeds. The Dry Sack braking section is 'all-or-nothing'. You have to brake very well and avoid the other riders passing you through the inside. It is obviously also a good place to overtake your rivals."
"This is a good point to check the condition of your tyres, because you are almost flat in this corner, and when you open the throttle, if the tyres are worn, you skid a lot. It is a fast corner and you are nearly flat."
"This turn is a left-hand hairpin that forces you to lean down a lot and open the throttle really softly. You have to get out well to be able to follow the right line, especially if you have someone behind you, to do the 'Nieto' and 'Peluqui' turns well.”"
Turns 9 and 10, 'Nieto' and 'Peluqui':
"These are two linked right-handers that become a single one. You have to be very precise when entering the first one, because if you make a mistake in the beginning, the rest won't be OK either. And you have to be careful when getting on the middle kerb; it is a bit irregular and you are almost lying there."
Turns 11 and 12, 'Criville' and 'Ferrari':
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