Gran Premio Red Bull de Andalucia – MotoGP Betting
The second race of 2020 MotoGP season is just around the corner, as the worlds’ elite riders get ready for the Gran Premio Red Bull de Andalucia, which is slated to take place on Sunday, July 26, at the Circuito de Jerez. Let’s take a closer at this upcoming race so you can make your bets against their MotoGP odds.
Moto GP Gran Premio Red Bull de Andalucia Betting Preview
The most chaotic start of the season yet?
After a four-month wait, the 2020 MotoGP season finally took off last weekend at the Circuito de Jerez Angel Nieto in Spain, where we got to see one of the most chaotic starts of the season in a while.
Fabio Quartararo locked in his first Spanish Grand Prix win, well over four seconds ahead of his teammate Maverick Viñales (+4.603s) and nearly six seconds ahead of Andrea Dovizioso (+5.946s), who claimed his career-first podium finish in Spain. Jack Miller, who we have talked about in our previous MotoGP preview had to settle for a fourth-place finish (+6.668) which is still a fairly strong start of the season.
Besides Rossi’s engine failure, the hottest topic of the inaugural race of the season was the unfortunate fall of MotoGP champion Marc Marquez, who crashed after losing control of his bike and broke his right arm. According to reports, the 27-year-old six-time MotoGP world champion already had the needed surgery in Barcelona, however, his recovery time is still a mystery.
Surprisingly enough, despite his injury, the sports’ official website confirmed Marquez is not hesitating to get back on his bike and is seriously concerning making a return this weekend.
Yamaha started the delayed 2020 season on the right foot, by securing the first and second place finish courtesy of Quartararo and Vinales, however, the inaugural race at the MotoGP Spanish Grand Prix was not all sunshine and rainbows for the Italian-Japanese manufacturer.
The end results of the race showed Yamaha was 12km/h (7.45 mph) down in speed traps relative to Dovizioso’s Ducati, which is a huge cause for concern. Furthermore, we saw Valentino Rossi pull out of the race due to mechanical issue which brings up many more questions than answers ahead of the second race at the Circuito de Jerez
The engines have reportedly been sent back to Japan for further inspection, but since there has not been any official report as of what caused the problems, Yamaha will likely look to lower down the revs for the upcoming weekend as a precaution, which will effectively handicap their drivers.
Ducati’s time to shine?
Given Yamaha’s struggles with their engines, it’s hard to be overly optimistic about their chances to repeat the success of the first race and it’s consequently hard to be overly optimistic about Quartararo and Vinales despite their strong performance last week.
Nevertheless, it’s worth noting that Vinales had an arguably had a better performance than Quartararo and even though he finished well over four seconds behind, it would be fair to say his decision to opt for the soft front tire ultimately cost him the win.
Dovizioso, on the other side, had the fastest bike in the first race which tells a lot and while we are talking about Ducati drivers, we can’t forget about Miller, whose performance is nothing to sneeze at. The same can be said for Petronas SRT’s Franco Morbidelli who like Miller narrowly missed out on the podium despite being in contention throughout the whole race.
Moto GP Gran Premio Red Bull de Andalucia prediction
Ultimately, the race will come down to whether Quartararo can claim a double-header win or will the stacked competition prevents him from achieving his goal. Betting on Quartararo, however, is for us not worth at these odds, especially considering Vinales, Dovizioso and Miller are all riders who can overtake the French.
Talking about a possible upset win, the dark horse rider who should not be ignored ahead of the weekend race is Brad Binder, who locked in 13th-place finish in the opening race, however, there is more to him than meets the eye.
The 24-year-old South African rider narrowly missed out on the final qualification run, which suggests he could have earned a much better starting position had he been just a bit luckier. Despite that, Binder showed solid pace throughout the race and looked surprisingly good even though he is still learning the ropes with the increased power in his bike.
What makes Binder dangerous is his tendency to push the envelope whenever possible, which on one side makes him prone to errors, but at the same time, the risk can pay off greatly. Expecting him to win the race, is still be a bit too optimistic, however, there is no denying Binder can surprise many MotoGP fans and push for a podium finish.
- Prediction: Andrea Dovizioso to win
- Prediction: Jack Miller top-three finish
- Longshot prediction: Brad Binder top-three finish