South African MotoGP rider Brad Binder could be among those looking to capitalise on the absence of reigning World Champion Marc Marquez at the Andalucian Grand Prix.

Marquez crashed in the latter stages of the Spanish Grand Prix, which launched a long-awaited MotoGP season on 19 July.

The Spaniard was in the mix for much of the race despite an early run-off that left him in 16th place, but the crash that ended his race also fractured his humerus.

Marquez (Repsol Honda Team), Alex Rins (Team Suzuki Ecstar) and Cal Crutchlow (LCR Honda Castrol) all suffered after crashing at Jerez last weekend.

Quartararo leads the way ahead of MotoGP Andalucia

Round one winner and World Championship leader Fabio Quartararo established himself as the man to beat with blistering pace in Jerez.

He scored his first Premier Class win after claiming pole position on his Petronas Yamaha SRT. The win was also the first for his team in MotoGP.

MotoGP Andalucia

Jerez smiles on Yamaha

With Honda’s weekend marred by injuries to Marquez and Crutchlow, it was the Yamaha powered teams that dominated in Jerez.

Maverick Viñales (Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP) is expected to be among the pace-setters as the second round takes place at the same Jerez circuit.

Viñales will hope that his bike’s performance does not drop off in the manner it did in round one. He shot off the line last Sunday leading the way in the early going before Quartararo assumed control in the second half of the race.

Can Binder get among the top runners

Binder narrowly missed out on the final qualifying session on 18 July, which might have seen him earn a better starting position.

Despite his run-off Binder showed good pace throughout the Grand Prix and with a bit of luck might be able to press for a podium finish.

The 24-year-old is still getting to grips with the increased power of the Red Bull KTM MotoGP bike, and his tendency to push the envelope puts him at risk of errors such as the one that marred his race in round one.

If Binder can get the measure of the bike and learn from last weekend he could be among those with cause to celebrate on Sunday.

Plenty of contenders

The field is full of contenders for Marquez’s crown though including his brother and teammate, Alex.

Valentino Rossi remains as dangerous as ever while the Ducati’s of Andrea Dovizioso and Jack Miller have also demonstrated front-running speed.

Author: Onlineautos