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Description of the Race
A Grand Prix held over three days, with the first two for free trials and classification for each category. The third day is race day. There are free trial sessions on Friday and Saturday. Then on Saturday afternoon there is a single qualifying session for each category to establish the order on the grid for the race on Sunday, with the fastest drivers placed in pole position. In all three categories the three fastest drivers occupy the front line and the rest of the grid consists of three drivers per line.
Categories which make up the MotoGP World Championship:
–Moto3™ – This is a new category which started in 2012, with 4-stroke, 250cc bikes and a single cylinder engine which replaces the 125cc category, for which the last race was in 2011. The minimum age to compete is 16.
Moto2™ – This new category with 4-stroke 600cc engines, has replaced the 250cc. Since 2010 Moto2 has been the new intermediate cylinder capacity, created to be a race which is both prestigious but also an economic support for the top MotoGP category. The prototypes have Hondo 600c 4-stroke engines with almost 140 horsepower. The minimum age to take part in this category is 16. From 2019 onwards the Honda 600 cc. engine will be replaced by the Triumph three-cylinder 765 cc engine.
MotoGP™ – This is the ultimate event for top motorcycle riders. The maximum engine capacity in this category is 1000 cc (four-stroke engines) and the minimum age for drivers is 18 years. The bikes that compete in the MotoGP category have to be prototypes.
After the warm-up sessions for each category, the race programme traditionally starts with the lowest category, in this case Moto3, followed by Moto2 and finally the star category, MotoGP. However, this order can be subject to change. The races are run over a distance of between 100 and 120 km and normally last between 40 and 45 minutes, depending on the number of laps which is different for each race track. The pit stops are not usual but are allowed, and they are especially important in changeable weather conditions. This is when the drivers can enter the pit lane and change to a bike with the tyres of different specifications (only in MotoGP).
Date: 03/05/2019 to 05/05/2019
Event location: Jerez de la Frontera (Cádiz)
Venue: Jerez Motor Racing Circuit
Competition timetable for Saturday 4 May: 4.30pm.
Start of Red Bull MotoGP Rookies Cup race 1 (16 laps): 4.30pm
Competition timetable for Sunday 5 May: 8.40am to 3.30pm.
Warm-up Moto3: 8.40am to 9am
Warm-up Moto2: 9.10am to 9.30am
Warm-up MotoGP: 9.40am to 10am
Through the pit lane for the VIP Village: 10.05am to 10.35am
Start of Moto3 race (22 laps): 11am.
Start of Moto2 race (23 laps): 12.20pm.
Start of MotoGP race (25 laps): 2pm
Start of Red Bull MotoGP Rookies Cup race 2 (16 laps): 3.30pm.
Schedule for free trials:
Friday, 3 May: 9am to 4.35pm.
Saturday 4 May: 9am to 2pm.
Schedule for qualification:
Friday, 3 May: 5.50pm to 6.15pm. (Red Bull MotoGP Rookies Cup)
Saturday 4 May: 12.35am to 1.15pm and 2.10pm to 3.50pm.
Moto3: 29 riders from 2 Makes: KTM (15), Honda (14) from 9 Countries: Spain (8), Italy (8), Japan (5), Czech Republic (2), Great Britain (2), Argentina (1), Kazakhstan (1), South Africa (1), Turkey (1).
Moto2: 32 riders from 6 Makes: Kalex (17), KTM (9), Speed Up (2), MV Agusta (2), NTS (2) from 14 Countries: Italy (9), Spain (6), Germany (3), Great Britain (2), South Africa (2), Switzerland (2), Andorra (1), Australia (1), United States (1), Indonesia (1), Japan (1), Malaysia (1), the Netherlands (1), Thailand (1).
MotoGP: 22 riders from 6 Makes: Ducati (6), Honda (4), Yamaha (4), KTM (4), Suzuki (2), Aprilia (2) from 9 Countries: Spain (8), Italy (6), France (2), Australia (1), Czech Republic (1), Great Britain (1), Japan (1), Malaysia (1), Portugal (1).