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Motorland Aragon: MotoGP Preview

This coming Sunday will mark the 13 round of the 2010 MotoGP World Championship to be hosted by the newly completed Motorland Aragòn, situated near the town of Alcaniz in northern Spain. The 2009 state-of-the-art, circuit designed by the German track architect Hermann Tilke, will be the replacement for any withdrawn circuits, starting with the Hungarian MotoGP, becoming the backup track of choice for the next 5 years.

Track-

The brand new venue seems to be getting the thumbs up by the riders, who have only gone so far as to test the precarious track in the last few months.

Its obvious Aragòn was well thought out with the various track layouts designed for different kinds of racing disciplines. The FIM approved 3.1 mile (5.0km) circuit runs counter-clockwise offering a path of 10 left and 7 right hand turns and 4 short straights. The precarious track presents significant elevation changes, blind entry corners and several sections where leaning over is a must while heavy braking, inviting multiple overtake opportunities for the teams. This should make the Spanish fans happy!

Because of the recent introduction to the track, the timetable for track action will be revisiting old times by reintroducing Friday morning practice for the first time since 2008. This will give the racers two practice sessions on Friday and extra time to dial-in the set-up options and to then to analyze the data to better prepare for a successful race.

All 4 practice and qualifying sessions have also been shortened to 45 minutes instead of the traditional 3 one-hour sessions.

Tyres-

Tyres have been on going issue and Bridgstone Motorsport are finally addressing the challenge by conducting detailed inspections of the track surface and taking notes by talking to riders who have already tested the track this year, even though they have not been 800cc MotoGP engines.

The detailed survey consisted of Bridgestone engineers deciphering how demanding it will be for the tyers based on weather, speed of cornering and most importantly, the condition and abrasiveness of the tarmac. This survey was to help determine what tyre compounds will be best suited for the new circuit.

After the feed back from the riders that had personally ridden Aragòn in conjunction with the final scientific results from the Bridgestone technical team, it has been decided; the medium and extra hard compound front slicks have been selected, the same specifications that were selected in the first race of the season at Qatar. The rear tyers will be the soft and medium slicks, the same that were used in Jerez.

The Riders-

The battle charges on between the two Spaniards; Fiat Yamaha’s Jorge Lorenzo and Repsol Honda’s Dani Perdrosa, both first and second in the standings with only 63 points between them. Pedrosa is closing in fast on Lorenzo by cutting the leading margin by 14 points by winning the last two races and is counting on Lorenzo to continue to drop points in the last 6 remaining races. Though the task looks formidable, the maximum of 150 points is still on the table. Pedrosa and his team remains optimistic, their target this weekend is to obtain another win on home soil.

Lorenzo still remains the leader of the pack for the Championship with consecutive podium finishes throughout this season, allowing him to score points in every race.

To quote Dani:

“I love this circuit! It’s very different to the ones we are used to racing at the MotoGP Champoinship, and so it will be really interesting this weekend. I’m really looking forward to this Grand Prix.”

To quote Jorge:

“It’s our third race in Spain but the first time at Aragon and I’m excited. I went to test there last month and it’s an amazing track. The first corner reminds me of Turkey and there’s a lot of up and downs, it’s a fun place. I would like to do a great race and dedicate it to Tomizawa.”

On the other side of the factory Repsol Honda team in third position at 139 points is Andrea Dovizioso. Andrea is savoring the challenge in his introduction to the new ominous track and looks to boost his current 3rd position for the Championship.

Fiat Yamaha’s Valentino Rossi is feeling good about building back his strength after an ongoing set of injuries and technical issues with his M1. With Rossi’s signature upbeat attitude, aside from his longest winless streak to date (7 races); he looks forward to experiencing the new track. He currently lies in 4th position sharing 130 points with Ducati’s Casey Stoner, who continues to rally for a first win of the campaign as the season winds down to its final third.

To quote Andrea:

“I always enjoy the challenge of racing on a new track where no one has prior knowledge and we can all start from zero, so I’m especially looking forward to this race weekend. I had the chance to do some laps on the CBR 1000RR last week which was good fun and let me learn the basic layout and get some ideas on how to start the machine set-up for the RC212V on Friday. It was actually the first time for me riding on the track with a street bike and I enjoyed it.”

To quote Valentino:

“Last week I rode an R1 at the track and I really like it. It’s quite complicated but it’s a lot of fun and its fast, so I think it will be a real test. I think the best bit is the entry to turn 16 and I am looking forward to riding my M1 there.  Misano was a very sad weekend for out sport but now we’re looking forward to a new race and we are hoping for a good weekend for everyone in memory of Tomizawa. I am feeling stronger and fitter every day so I will be aiming for the podium again this time.”

Rizla Suzuki rider Alvaro Bautista will be representing his team solo while teammate Loris Capirossi continues to mend from a hand injury sustained when he collided with Nicky Hayden in Missano. Loris underwent surgery to re-attach the tendon to his little finger on his right hand and is progressing well, but is taking the advice from his surgeon to keep it stationary for another week or so.

To quote Loris:

“I am extremely disappointed not to be racing at Aragón, but the surgeon has told me to rest the hand for another week. I am still feeling a bit of pain and I’m going to the hospital every day to have the wound cleaned and dressed. Although I could possibly ride, I don’t want to jeopardize my attendance and competitiveness for Motegi.”

To quote Alvaro:

“I’m really excited about this race as it is a new circuit for everyone and we are all starting from the same place. It will be good to a have an extra practice on the Friday to learn the track as soon as possible. It is a shame for Loris that he won’t be here and it puts more responsibility on me as I’m the only Rizla Suzuki rider, but I’m determined to get a good result for the whole team in front of another home crowd for me.”

Monster Yamaha Tech 3 rider Ben Spies remains at the top of the satellite list in 6th place, just ten points off of Valentino Rossi and Casey Stoner, while Nicky Hayden is still working to accomplish a much-needed first podium finish of the season.

Start times-

Look for the riders to be on track for the first of two Free Practice rounds starting on Friday morning at 10:05 am local time and then again on Saturday. The 23 lap main event will take place on Sunday starting promptly at 2 pm local time.

With the two top Spaniards going head to head and a new Spanish track to explore, it should make for an exciting race weekend! Olè!

 

 

 

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September 16, 2010 - Posted by | Alex De Angelis, Alvaro Bautista, Andrea Dovizioso, Ben Spies, Casey Stoner, Dani Pedrosa, Ducati, Jorge Lorenzo, Loris Capirossi, Mika Kallio, Misano Italy, MotoGP, motorcycle racing, motorcycles, Valentino Rossi, Yamaha

2 Comments »

  1. Hey your photos are sweet!

    Comment by Christina Shook | September 16, 2010 | Reply

  2. Really? Ahh, you’re just sayin’ that! 🙂

    Comment by Cindi | September 17, 2010 | Reply


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