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Its about honor at Aragon

Motorland Aragon Pre race review 2011

The state-of-the-art Motorland Aragon in northern Spain will  play host to round 14 for the premier riders for the second time in GP history. The charismatic 2009 constructed track was designed by German architect, Hemann Tilke and F1 driver, Pedro de la Rosa, as a technical consultant. The challenging Spanish circuit was only to be a last-minute replacement for the unfinished Balatonring in Hungry for 2010, because of financial delays in its construction. It was also to be the venue for the reintroduction to the additional Friday free practice rounds.

Because the ultra modern track was such a big hit with the GP riders, Dorna decided to make it a permanent entry and signed a 5 year contract this year, which will keep the riders and the fans coming back at least until 2016.

This fast undulating 3.1 mile track houses ten left and seven right corners and is now considered one of the most technical venues on the roster. It’s also fast becoming a public favorite and received the 2010 IRTA Best Grand Prix of the Year award, making it the first circuit to win an award in its inaugural year.

Yamaha’s Jorge Lorenzo comes to his home turf track in high spirits after an outstanding performance at Misano, claiming his 3rd victory this season. His persistent efforts also helped to close the gap to Repsol Honda’s Casey Stoner down to a 35 point margin in Standings.

Last year, representing Ducati, Stoner became the first premier rider to win at the contemporary circuit and still remains a difficult fish to catch. Although, the gap has the possibility to widen even further if the reluctant Aussie decides to forgo Motegi in October. The out spoken father-to-be has made no secret of his concerns in exposing himself and his family to possible nuclear radiation contamination as a result from Japan’s earthquake back in March.

With the Yamaha team announcing all systems go for Japan, you have to ask the question; is he actually serious or is this a ploy for publicity? Let’s face it; the exceptional rider may be winning races, but congeniality contests, not so much!

This leads me to the next Repsol rider third in line in standings, Andrea Dovizioso. The reticent Italian will be looking for a new ride next season after Honda stated that there will only be room for two Factory riders due to a 30% budget cut. San Carlo Honda Grisini’s Marco Simoncelli could be facing the same situation with a lack of support from HRC for the 2012 season. With the Factory Honda team under financial scrutiny, there leaves little funds for the Satellite team, putting Simoncelli right in the mix.

The Satellite Ducati teams have shown interest in the talented factory rider, but Dovizioso commented that if he is reduced to a satellite bike, he will be forced to look elsewhere.

“If I have to come back on a satellite bike there is no possibility to fight for the victory next year and I am not racing to do fourth, fifth, sixth, stated Dovizioso. The level is high so if you don’t have one of the best bikes, then you can’t fight for the podium. If Honda doesn’t give me a lot of support, then I have to think in another way.”

The third Repsol rider, Dani Pedrosa follows in a fourth position and a secured spot on the Honda team for next year.  The rebounding rider made his 95th podium finish at Misano and continues to fight for the championship with an approximate 40 point spread on either side of him for the title.

Yamaha confirmed that they will be in full attendance for the 15th round in Motegi on October 2nd, sporting their 50th anniversary red and white livery for the 4th time. After a harrowing last-minute show down with Simoncelli and Dovizioso for fourth place at Misano, American rider, Ben Spies is making it his goal to make it to the podium for the fourth time this season. But, beforehand, Spies and Lorenzo made use of some valuable time at Misano, assessing the new 1000cc M1 for the up-coming season. The handsome rider affixed another year to his contract with the factory team and is currently in tight contention with Valentino Rossi, with only a two point lead over the charismatic Italian.

The boys donning the red livery for Ducati continue to search for the perfect set-up for the unique desmosedici. Valentino Rossi spent most of his time-off testing the new GP12 for next season at the Mugello track, working on developing the electronics and chassis.

The constant complaint from the two riders is the overly rigid frame, which avails them only in the cold and wet. There has been talk from outsiders that it might be a step in the right direction to revert back to the likes of the GP8’s aluminum chassis. Because in combination with the stiff Italian frame and the contracted Bridgestone hard outer wall front tires, it interferes with the current carbon fiber frame; and therefore could be compromising Rossi and Hayden’s talent and career.

Adding fuel to the fire, both riders are on their 6th and final engine of the season, thanks to Dorna’s newly implemented rule this year of a 5 to 6 engine limit per rider. Ducati will have to be very careful in these last 5 races in keeping the two vulnerable teammates out of the gravel and from starting from the pit lanes. But, in saying this, it could add to the competitive fun!

Along with Honda, the Monster Yamaha Tech 3 team will be making some adjustments with the current line up for next season. Veteran rider, Colin Edwards made his public announcement at Misano that he will be leaving the Satellite team to join up with NGM Forward to race a CRT bike in 2012. The resignation of the Texan has opened the door up for talented motorcyclist such as WSBK’s Eugene Laverty, Suzuki’s Alvaro Bautista, Andrea Dovizioso and Moto2 German rider, Stefan Bradl. My only question with so many riders on the table for the acclaimed position is; are there one or two positions open? Edwards’s teammate, Cal Crutchlow has had a rough time entering into the world of GP racing from his successful WSBK days and could very well be getting the axe from the Monster team very soon.

San Carlo Honda Grisini’s Hiroshi Aoyama has voiced his heartfelt concerns for his family and homeland in Japan from the earthquake and tsunami that left the island and its people in total devastation this last March. The Japanese rider hopes that all the premiere teams will find it in their hearts to compete at Motegi this October to show good faith and support for his recuperating country.

Hiroshi recently participated in a tribute to the tragic death of compatriot and Moto2 rider, Shoya Tomizawa, whose one year anniversary fell on September 13th. The gathering included friends and family that dedicated several tributes along with a memorial stone in Tomizawa’s honour that was unveiled in front of his emotional parents.

LCR Honda’s Toni Elias took to the track on a superbike for the first time on September 13th and 14th for the BMW Motorrad Italia SBK Team. Thanks to his good relationship with BMW Motorrad Italia’s team sports director, Serafino Foti, and LCR owner Lucio Cecchinello. In addition to his sound professional ties, it was the untimely retirement of WSBK’s James Toseland that further afforded the Spanish rider a golden opportunity to test the new BMW X1000RR for two days at Misano.

With Toseland out after a career ending right wrist injury, the timing could benefit the non productive Elias for next season in the WSBK class with an offer from the Bavarian based manufacturer. But, the Spaniard might have to get in line with rumors of WSBK’s Suzuki Alstare’s Michel Fabrizio vying for the position as well!

Pramac Ducati’s Randy de Puniet will be making his 100th start at Aragon this Sunday, becoming the first Frenchman to accomplish the copious number in GP history. Also, Moto2 rider, Bradly Smith reportedly turned down a Grand Prix offer with various teams for 2012. Although in saying this, Smith will make his final decision known at Aragon this weekend.

On a final note; on September 13th, it was agreed between Dorna and the Argentinean Government to reinstate the Grand Prix Championship to South America in a three-year deal, commencing in 2013 at Autodromo Temas de Rio Hondo in the Santigo del Estro province.

While Germany’s Sachsenring is forced to bow out of the GP roster after Dorna upped the ante to host the round from two million Euros to four, which would leave the historic venue with over two million in losses. A conceivable bad move for a track that has been a favorite with GP fans and riders since 1998. There has not been any official word on who will replace the circuit, but there is talk of Nurburgring or Lausitzring as possible candidates.

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Look for all the racing action to get underway this Friday, September 16th, starting with the first free practice round at 10:10am (GMT+2)

MotoGP World Standing 2011

Pos. Rider Bike Nation Points
1 Casey STONER Honda AUS 259
2 Jorge LORENZO Yamaha SPA 224
3 Andrea DOVIZIOSO Honda ITA 185
4 Dani PEDROSA Honda SPA 150
5 Ben SPIES Yamaha USA 135
6 Valentino ROSSI Ducati ITA 133
7 Nicky HAYDEN Ducati USA 105
8 Marco SIMONCELLI Honda ITA 93
9 Colin EDWARDS Yamaha USA 87
10 Hiroshi AOYAMA Honda JPN 82
11 Hector BARBERA Ducati SPA 69
12 Alvaro BAUTISTA Suzuki SPA 57
13 Karel ABRAHAM Ducati CZE 50
14 Toni ELIAS Honda SPA 47
15 Cal CRUTCHLOW Yamaha GBR 45
16 Randy DE PUNIET Ducati FRA 29
17 Loris CAPIROSSI Ducati ITA 29
18 John HOPKINS Suzuki USA 6
19 Kousuke AKIYOSHI Honda JPN 3
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September 15, 2011 - Posted by | Alvaro Bautista, Andrea Dovizioso, Aragon, Ben Spies, BMW motorcycles, Casey Stoner, Colin Edwards, Dani Pedrosa, Ducati, Eugene Laverty, girlracer, history of MotoGP, Jorge Lorenzo, marco simoncelli, Misano Italy, Motegi, Moto2, MotoGP, motorcycle racing, mugello, Nicky Hayden, Randy De Puniet, toni elais, Valentino Rossi, WSBK, Yamaha

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