The MotoGP season is set to launch this weekend in the European Capital of Wine, after being put on hold since March due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The upcoming race will mark the first time in eight months MotoGP will return to Spain, following the 2019 season-ending race at the Valencian Community Grand Prix. Let’s take a closer look at this upcoming race so you can plan ahead your bets against their MotoGP odds.
Moto GP Gran Premio Red Bull de España Betting Preview
Due to the pandemic, the schedule for the 2020 season of MotoGP has been changed to only 13 races across 18 weekends, starting with Gran Premio Red Bull de España this Sunday, July 19 and ending with the Gran Premio Motul de la Comunitat Valenciana on Sunday, November 15. But before we get too ahead of ourselves and start looking at the culminating race of the season, we first need to take a look at what awaits us this weekend in sunny Spain.
Jack Miller’s time to shine
The 25-year-old Aussie is set to enter his sixth season in the premier class in what just might turn out to be his best year so far. In 2019, Miller claimed eight in the World Championship, which was a huge jump from his 13th, 11th, 18th and 19th finishes in previous years.
Miller’s phenomenal performances also earned him his lifelong contract with Ducati, who signed him to their factory team for 2021, which is not only a huge morale boost, but it also relieves him of a lot of pressure, so now he just needs to do what he does best and that’s ride and win.
Not only has Miller proven he can compete with the best last year when he claimed two-top five finishes in addition to eight top-10 finishes, the Australian driver also had a very favorable off-season, since he was able to extend his stay at home, where he got a chance to properly train and prepare himself for the challenges ahead. That alone will benefit Miller greatly, especially considering most of his rivals found themselves in a lockdown across Europe.
Filled with confidence and hunger to prove himself in front of the world, Miller is without a doubt the driver to watch this season and especially at the upcoming race.
Can Yamaha overtake Honda at Jerez?
Honda have won six of the last eight races at Jerez, however, there are a few reasons for Yamaha drivers to be optimistic heading into the next two weeks of races.
The fact of the matter is that Yamaha won at Jerez when Honda hasn’t. Last year Fabio Quartararo drove exceptionally well and arguably should have claimed the checkered flag, but unfortunately, his adjuster bolt on a quick-shifter snapped while he was battling for the lead, which put him out of the race.
Maverick Viñales is another of Yamaha’s drivers to look out for. He has put up the fastest lap in Qatar where he finished ahead of Franco Morbidelli and Quartararo at second and third, and was also the fastest driver at the Jerez test last autumn.
Last year the 25-year-old Spaniard finished third in the World Championship, picking up wins in the Netherlands, Malaysia, as well as a runner-up finish in Germany and four bronze medals from Spain, Great Britain, San Marino, and Thailand.
The Yamaha M1 also made huge chances ahead of 2020, with Michelin’s new gripper rear tire, which should add additional boost out of the corners, which was one of the main things they lacked in 2019.
If we bring all together, Maverick Viñales has all the tools and the team around him he needs to mount an assault for the title, and winning the opening race of the season is exactly what he will need to start moving into the right direction.
- Prediction: Maverick Viñales to win
- Longshot Prediction: Jack Miller to win