Home from home with one notable exception - bwin Spanish Grand Prix 2011

Posted on Mar 28, 2011 by Nick Harris

It is almost like returning home for the British riders competing in the bwin Spanish Grand Prix at Jerez on Sunday but with one notable exception. While seven of the Brits cut their teeth racing in Spain and particularly at Jerez the odd man out is Cal Crutchlow who makes his second MotoGP appearance at a circuit that he has never been to before.

Bradley Smith was the best finishing Brit in Qatar with a superb ninth place debut in the Moto2 class. Riding the Tech3 machine he qualified in seventh place and returns to Jerez where he won his very first grand prix in the 125 cc race two years ago. Not so lucky were Scott Redding and Kev Coghlan who both crashed out. 

Bradley Smith
“It was a great result in Qatar for me and the team but we have our feet firmly on the ground going into Jerez. We learnt so much over the weekend which we will take to Jerez. It’s a circuit I know well and we got two solid days of testing there pre-season and so we have some good data to work on from the start. I have great memories of Jerez and especially that win two years ago but this is a completely new chapter.

All roads lead south
All roads lead south for one of the biggest sporting events of the year in Spain, the bwin Spanish Grand Prix at the legendary Jerez circuit on Sunday. A race day crowd around 150, 00 will flock to Southern Spain to pack the 2.742 mile circuit and the surrounding towns for one massive spring party.

Friday 1 April
09.15 – 09.55              125cc Free Practice 1
10.10 – 10.55              MotoGP Free Practice 1
11.10 – 11.55              Moto2 Free Practice 1
13.15 – 13.55              125cc Free Practice 2
14.10 – 14.55              MotoGP Free Practice 2
15.10 – 15.55              Moto2 Free Practice 2

Saturday 2 April
09.15 – 09.55              125cc Free Practice 3
10.10 – 10.55              MotoGP Free Practice 3
11.10 – 11.55              Moto2 Free Practice 3
13.00 – 13.40              125cc Qualifying Practice
13.55 – 14.55              MotoGP Qualifying Practice
15.10 – 15.55              Moto2 Qualifying Practice

Sunday 3 April
08.40 – 09.00              1255 Warm Up
09.10 – 09.30              Moto2 Warm Up
09.40 – 10.00              MotoGP Warm Up
11.00                           125cc RACE (23 laps)
12.15                           Moto2 RACE (26 laps)
14.00                           MotoGP RACE (27 laps)

Schedule is local time
Time Zone: GMT + 2 hours


Practice, qualifying and the races will be shown at the following times on British television:

Saturday 2 April
11.50 – 15.00    Qualifying Red Button/Online

Sunday 3 April
09.50 – 12.05    125cc/Moto2 Race BBC Red Button/Online
12.30 – 14.00    MotoGP Race BBC 2/Online
14.00 – 14.30    MotoGP Extra BBC Red Button


Friday 1 April
12.10 – 15.00 Live Free Practice 125cc, MotoGP, Moto2

Saturday 2 April
11.55 – 15.10 Live Qualifying 125cc, Moto2, MotoGP

Sunday 3 April
09.45    125cc Race Live
11.00    Moto2 Race Live
15.30    MotoGP Action

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