Pol Espargaro and Scott Redding may have plenty of Grand Prix experience with a combined record of 225 race starts and 15 victories, but experience in the smaller classes counted for little at Jerez with both riders adapting to a familiar circuit with new problems.

Whereas on a 125cc or Moto2 bike the track is fast and flowing on the more powerful MotoGP machinery both riders struggled to unlock speed at the Spanish circuit.

Both have vast experience at Jerez, via the Spanish championship as well as World Championship, but for each rider their track knowledge was not a benefit on Friday.

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"It looks like another track," said Espargaro. "When I started riding it on the MotoGP bike I thought 'where are the corners that I know!' The corners come so fast and the straights are so short that it's so difficult to ride on a circuit that you've had so much practice on in Moto2 and 125's. The line doesn't change much between the bikes but on a MotoGP bike you have to adapt completely to a new track."

For Redding the easiest comparison to Jerez was a karting circuit such is the difference on a premier class machine.

The Englishman admitted that having only ridden his Open Honda at faster tracks such as Sepang and COTA meant that when he rode out on Friday at Jerez it was clearly a culture shock for the five time Grand Prix winner

"This is the first time that I've come to a smaller track-Qatar, Texas and Argentina are big wide tracks-and here it's like a karting circuit on your first time out. In the beginning I was a little bit put away by it because the track is much smaller and you have to use all the track. On the bigger tracks you use less of the circuit."

When asked where the biggest differences between the track occurs Redding focussed on the straights and the fact that MotoGP riders have no chance to take a break during the lap.

"It feels like there's no straight here. The back straight is like that [clicks fingers] and it's done you change two gears and already you're braking. It feels a lot smaller, before Moto2 it was a big, flowing circuit but here it's like a karting circuit. It's really narrow and it's exaggerated because we've been on big circuits so far this year."