MotoGP Preview: Gran Premio De Aragon
Written by Cameron Gale, Edited by Sameena Khan
MotoGP returns to the historical Motorland Aragon for Round 15 of the MotoGP World Championship.
Let us dive into the history of the track, previous results, best overtaking opportunities and more.
Aragon owes its history to a street circuit that ran through the nearby town of Alcaniz from 1965 to 2003. Due to safety concerns, the track was forced to end racing, and planning began to build what we know today as Motorland Aragon. The best overtaking opportunities include the long straight and turn one, where we can expect riders to be late on the brakes for a lunge down the inside. Another great overtaking opportunity is seen at turns four and five, where a good run out of turn four is essential if you want to move down the inside into turn five. The next great overtaking opportunity is into turn 12, right in front of the famous Aragon wall. Next, riders go over the crest of turn 11 and into the left-handed turn 12, where they will be hoping to be able to do a switchback manoeuvre or even get the job done as they go into the corner.
The final overtaking opportunity is at turn 16 after the monstrous near one-kilometre back straight. This turn is usually used for a last-minute grab for the position.
The five-kilometre Spanish circuit consists of 10 left corners and seven right corners with a lap record of 1:48.089, held by Franco Morbidelli.
Last year's race was won by Ducati Lenovo Racing Francesco Bagnaia, who won by 0.673 seconds, followed by Repsol Honda Racing's Marc Marquez and Team Suzuki Ecstar's Joan Mir. So this gave us three different manufacturers in the top three and a brilliant race to say the least.
Will you be watching this year's race? If so, sit back, relax and enjoy all the overtakes and nail-biting moments.