The Jerez circuit explained by María Herrera

The Jerez circuit explained by María Herrera
María Herrera and the MotoE of the Openbank Aspar Team

“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."

Maria Herrera riding the MotoE 2020 version at the Circuit of Jerez

“Turn 6 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.”

Here you can find more information about the performance of the MotoE at the circuit of Jerez.

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