September 22, 2017

Circuito de Jerez greeted the Round 4 fourteen drivers with a blazing sun, a fair change from the cold of Barcelona, just one week shy ago. With air temperature close to 30 degrees, the driver would have to save their tires from the very abrasive tarmac, newly reshaped for MotoGP.

Free Practice 1

In the forty-minute first session of the weekend, it was Marta Garcia (MP Motorsport) who set the fastest time in 1.44.563, closely followed by teammate Bent Viscaal 2 tenths behind her. Alexander Smolyar (SMP Racing) was sitting onto P3, 5 tenths of the lead, even though the Russian went off in T5 with 10 minutes to go in the session.

Christian Lundgaard caused a red flag as the Dane beached his car in gravel, and was forced to retire. Nikita Volegov was even more unlucky as the SMP Racing Russian could not start due to an electrical problem.

Free Practice 2

Guillem Pujeu was the early pace-setter, as the young FA Racing driver led the way for more than half of the session. However MP Motorsport drivers came to mingle in the game and it was then a battle between Bent Viscaal and Marta Garcia. Garcia got the upper hand until Christian Lundgaard, in his 10th lap, pushed his Tatuus-Abarth F4 car to the top.

But by the end of the session, it was Alexander Smolyar who lapped Jerez circuit fastest, with a time of 1.44.256.

Alexander Smolyar

“Since Barcelona, I have a good pace, I don’t do much mistakes and manage to get my lap together. Today is a long day as we also have Quali later on, so let’s see how we cope”


It was, as in Barcelona, a thirty-minute session who was to define the three starting-grid of the weekend.

In the ten first minutes, the domination of Guillem Pujeu (FA Racing) was total. However, as few drivers started to change tires, Alexander Smolyar claimed the lead and did not left it anymore.

Javier Gonzalez whom as well took the strategy of changing tires, got up to P2, while Christian Lundgaard whom used one set only was P3, 3 tenths shy from the Russian.

Marta Garcia scored her best qualifying position as the Spaniard ended P4, followed by Guillem Pujeu in P5 and Nikita Volegov in P6.

Top 10 was completed by Bent Viscaal, Lukas Dunner, Tuomas Haapalainen and Ivan Berets.

Alexander Smolyar, SMP Racing

“The strategy we did was really good for today and grab pole-position. However, we will have to see how the tires behave tomorrow as Lundgaard will have a new set to fit”

Marta Garcia, MP Motorsport

“I think our strategy to use only one new set in quali, was not a bad choice. We had a good quali and we could save a new set for the races and take some advantage out of it”

The action will resume tomorrow morning at 08.30 when the 14 drivers will be heading to Race 1, and then will follow up with Race 2 at 15.55.


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