Prior to the start of the lockdown that saw sports across the world grind to a halt, the MotoGP season never had time to begin. The Moto2 and Moto3 races were run at the first event of the season, but the main Grand Prix never got to run. Last weekend in Spain, we got to see the return of MotoGP with the running of the Spanish Grand Prix. We stay in that country this weekend, sticking to the same Circuito de Jerez track for the Andalucia Grand Prix. Racing on the same track might lead you to believe that we will see a similar outcome as the one we saw last weekend, but winning back to back races is never easy. Let’s take a closer look at a few of the favorites for the Andalucia Grand Prix so you can place your bets against their MotoGP odds.
Moto GP Gran Premio Red Bull de Andalucía
This is the second season in MotoGP for the Frenchman, who moved up from Moto2 to start the 2019 season. The transition was a smooth one, as Quartararo had a fantastic first season, finished 5th in the overall standings. The one thing that he failed to do in that first season was get a win, but he did have 5 second place finishes in the 2019 season. If last week’s race is anything to go by, he may be looking at a breakout season, as he won the Spanish Grand Prix to record his first victory in MotoGP. Prior to that win, his previous best finish at that track was 4th in his first year in Moto3.
It is perhaps a little strange to see Esparago listed among the favorites for this one, mostly because he has yet to crack the top 3 in any single MotoGP race. That encompasses 9 full seasons of racing at this class, with his best finish in the season standings being 7th, which came back in 2014. He has no success last weekend, as he was forced to retire form the Spanish Grand Prix. He has been among the leaders a few times at this track, landing in the top 10 on 4 different occasions. Still, he seems like a longshot to me for this one.
Marquez has finished the season as the World Champion of MotoGP in 8 of the last 10 seasons, including winning each of the last 4 years. He just signed a massive 5-year deal to stay with Honda, but he is going to need to get back to form quickly if he is to repeat as champion again this season. Marquez crashed last weekend and required minor surgery, so he will be looking for a bounce back performance in this race. He had won at this track in back to back seasons before last week’s race, so there is every reason to believe that he will get the win in this one.
Rins was another one who had an accident last weekend, but who has been given the go ahead to race at this event. He has to be considered one of the favorites, as he has finished in the top 5 in the World Championship standings in each of the past two seasons. In 3 of his last 4 runs at this track, excluding last weekend, he has finished in the top 3. That should be more than enough information to give hi some serious consideration when it comes time to wager on this race.