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Jerez will host the second round of the 2020 MotoGP season under the Andalusian Grand Prix banner on July 24-26. Here's how you can watch the two-part qualifying in your country. © KTM Images Pol Espargaro, Red Bull KTM Factory Racing Petronas Yamaha rider Fabio Quartararo claimed pole position at Jerez last weekend, leading the works M1 of Maverick Vinales. Marc Marquez prevented an all-Yamaha front row by setting the third fastest time in qualifying, 0.157s off the pace of Quartararo. Francesco Bagnaia was the lead Ducati rider in fourth aboard the Pramac-run Desmosedici GP20.
KTM's Pol Espargaro says he has "never been so inconsistent" in a MotoGP season as he is now after crashing out of Sunday's Catalan Grand Prix.
Espargaro crashed out of Sunday's race at Catalunya while running eighth on the 13th lap, losing him ground in the championship as he dropped to 51 points adrift of race winner Fabio Quartararo in 12th in the standings.
place 7 in Jerez 2: Pol Espargaro speaks of the "toughest race" of his life
© Motorsport Images Pol Espargaro finished the second race in Jerez in seventh place KTM showed potential in Jerez, but in the second race there was no top result. Only Pol Espargaro finished seventh. Brad Binder brought Miguel Oliveira down at the start and later crashed himself. Iker Lecuona also dropped out due to a fall. So Espargaro had to get the coals out of the fire. © Motorsport Images Pol Espargaro "It was a very difficult day," groans the Spaniard in the heat of Andalusia.
This was Espargaro's third DNF of the season, after he was taken out in collisions with Johann Zarco and Miguel Oliveira at the Czech and Austrian GPs last month.
Espargaro had podium pace in both Jerez races in July, but qualifying off the front two rows meant he couldn't advance on sixth and seventh, while his podiums in the Styrian and Emilia Romagna races sandwiched a 10th-place finish in the San Marino GP.
The KTM rider admits he "keeps losing" points this season, which is "super-painful" for his championship bid, and says his inconsistent form is like "someone is shaking us".
"As this championship is going up and down so much, it's difficult to predict anything," he replied when asked if his championship ambitions had changed after his Catalan GP crash.
Espargaro: Zarco “didn’t want” to avoid Turn 1 contact
Pol Espargaro says Johann Zarco could have avoided the contact which took him out of the MotoGP Czech Grand Prix, but says the Avintia rider “didn’t want” to. © Gold and Goose / Motorsport Images Pol Espargaro, Red Bull KTM Factory Racing Espargaro says the collision was a "win-win" for Zarco, because it moved him into podium contention, which he was able to hold onto owing to the long lap penalty at Brno being "a joke". I was just leaning [into Turn 1], he could have avoided contact, he didn't want to, he gave throttle and he took me away from the line.And he got the podium.
"From being third last weekend [at Misano] to crashing here, also [Andrea] Dovizioso crashed. So, he lost the leadership of the championship.
"This championship is very unpredictable, so who's to tell you that maybe we go to Le Mans and our result is amazing and the others make mistakes?
"For sure, my result here doesn't help at all. That's 100%, but it's hard because we know losing points is super-painful for the championship and we keep losing them.
"It's difficult, I've never been so inconsistent in a championship, I think never in my life I've had so many zeroes in a championship is this short period of races.
"So, for sure I feel bad because we go from top to bottom and top to bottom again and it feels like someone is shaking us."
The low temperatures in Sunday's race worked against Espargaro as he was forced into running the medium front tyre instead of the soft, as it's "impossible" to use on the KTM.
“Super pumped” Pol Espargaro admits FP4 crash ruined pole shot
Pol Espargaro says his crash in fourth practice for the MotoGP Austrian Grand Prix was because he was “super pumped” about his pace at the Red Bull Ring. © Gold and Goose / Motorsport Images Pol Espargaro, Red Bull KTM Factory Racing The KTM rider came into FP4 fastest on the combined times and led the way in the final 30-minute practice ahead of qualifying having focused on his race pace. A crash in the closing seven minutes at the Turn 9 Rindt right-hander wrecked his number one bike, leaving him with just one RC16 for the Q2 session. Espargaro missed pole by just 0.
KTM riders have typically favoured the harder option front tyres in 2020, with Espargaro noting that it's similar to the problem Honda riders faced in recent seasons.
"We have this problem that maybe Honda had last year when they always were using harder compounds," he added.
"So now it looks like compared to the other manufacturers, especially to Yamaha and Ducati, we always go to the harder compounds on the front.
"And as soon as we cannot use them to stop the bike, this [medium] tyre... if it had been sunny normally we're not too bad, we could push very good.
"But because of these cold conditions, the medium tyre was not working. But the other option was to use the soft front, and for us no way, impossible to use.
"It is what it is. We struggle when it's too cold or when it's too hot, so we need these kind of perfect conditions."
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