Jerez – Ángel Nieto Circuit
Team partner: Openbank Aspar Team
The Jerez circuit is spread over a length of 4423m with five left-hand and eight right-hand corners and a final straight of 607m. There MotoE was on this track for the first time in November 2018. Thanks to the contribution of the Openbank Aspar team and its drivers, we are able to show you the performance of the MotoE on this track. Below you can find the infographics of the track with speed and bend angle curve by curve together with the story by María Herrera and Alejandro Medina on how to drive the MotoE in Jerez.
The average speed of the best lap of the MotoE class at Jerez is 147.5km/h. The maximum speed and lean angle data were obtained from the data of all the sessions performed by the MotoE at the Jerez circuit. Those do not automatically correspond to the corner by corner data obtained from the best lap of the riders of the Openbank Aspar Team.
Some of the following images were created using the graphic of the MotoGP20 video game developed by Milestone. From June, the 2020 version also includes the MotoE World Cup.
The Jerez circuit explained by María Herrera and Alejandro Medina, riders of the Openbank Aspar Team
María Herrera explains that “Turn one needs a quite strong braking. You have to prepare it very well, to avoid going out of track, and to exit properly to be well prepared for the second corner. In turn two, you have to wait a bit before moving to the apex; it’s important to get tight to the right on the exit to have a good line for the next turn. On track, we are always thinking and preparing what comes next, which, in this case, is a fast curve in which you have to touch the kerbs and do it with speed, with a lot of acceleration towards turn four."
“Approaching turn four you have to move to the apex almost at the end, it is important to not lose the line, because if you enter into the corner too much in advance, you can’t maintain a good line on the exit. You touch the apex a little later than normal, with the bike not too inclined. After that there is a short straight useful to get the right line before turn five. This curve has banking, first you have to brake with the bike straight, then you release the brake in the middle of the curve and prepare to touch the apex. If you do a mistake at this corner, you lose a lot of speed and acceleration in the straight up to curve six."
This curve is also considered fundamental by Medina, for whom the curve admits several lines but the essential point is being able to exit fast to have high speed over the straight before curve six.
“Turn six is a very strong braking, here there are many overtakes during the race. In the practice sessions, you have to keep a good corner speed through the curve, because if you lose too much speed, you are not fast enough in the next turn. At turn seven you have to enter a little earlier, otherwise, the inertia leads you out of track. In this corner I use the inside kerb a lot, and with a lot of acceleration, I go and touch the outside one.
Corner eight doesn’t require a very hard brake, a gentle touch to the brake is enough. It is a fairly fast turn, but only if you have a good line. After that you have to face corner nine (Nieto) and ten (Peluqui) that must be done as if they were a single curve, touching both the inner and outer kerb. If you can exit these two corners well, you can gain a good advantage for the final sector."
“Turns eleven and twelve are the ones I truly love: they are very fast, and to ride them you have to brake just a little. In particular, at turn twelve you don't have to close the line too quickly because otherwise you go out on the grass. The last corner is very tight, you need to maintain a good speed and move late to the apex; at the exit you have to open the throttle as soon as possible and gain a good acceleration for the long final straight.”
Medina, Maria's teammate, has the same opinion: he thinks it is important not to exceed with braking at the last corner, to maintain a good corner speed and to accelerate as soon as possible for the final straight.
Here you will find the link to the official website of the Ángel Nieto circuit: www.circuitodejerez.com
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