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Can KTM dare to dream big in MotoGP’s second Jerez race?
Following an encouraging Spanish Grand Prix showing in conditions that historically have been its least competitive, KTM returns to Jerez for the Andalusian GP optimistic of a first dry podium in MotoGP. Here's why it might not just be fighting talk…
"Isn't it strange?", so Bruce Dickinson bellows in Iron Maiden's 1986 'Somewhere In Time' deep cut 'Déjà vu'. MotoGP bikes returned to the Jerez circuit just five days after the chequered flag fell on the Spanish Grand Prix to commence practice for the very first Andalusian GP – motorcycle grand prix racing's first ever double-header at the same track.
FP1 went very much to the form you'd expect after Yamaha secured its first MotoGP 1-2 since 2017 last Sunday courtesy of Petronas Yamaha's Fabio Quartararo and Maverick Vinales on the works team-run M1, with Vinales leading the morning times from teammate Valentino Rossi.
Rossi feeling "stronger than last week" at Jerez
Andalusia MotoGP: Vinales fastest in FP3, Marquez 19th