After celebrating another double podium in Misano, the eighth of the 2013 campaign, Marc Marquez and Dani Pedrosa are on their way to round fourteen in Motorland Aragón. The ultra-modern 5.077km track is comprised of 17 turns – ten left and seven right, and a long straight of 968m. The first Grand Prix was hosted in 2010, and was rewarded with the IRTA Best Grand Prix of the Year award, the first time a circuit had received the prize in its debut year.
Both Marc and Dani have celebrated podiums in Aragon, Dani won last year having taken two second place finishes in 2011 and 2010. Marc was taken out on the first lap in 2010 in 125cc, but came back in 2011 on the Moto2 machine to win the race and then took second place last year.
Marc Marquez who leads the championship standings heading into the Aragon GP stated:
It will be nice to return home to race in front of our home fans in Aragón this weekend! The track – which is one of my favourites, has technical first and final sections, and you need to be strong in cornering. We’ve had good results there in the past two years so I hope to continue this way and we’ve also been testing there already this year on the MotoGP machine, so we have some data. After the race in Misano, we had a good test on the Monday and definitely found some positive settings, so I’m looking forward to trying them out this weekend in Aragon!
Dani Pedrosa currently sits in third behind his teammate Marquez and Jorge Lorenzo. Pedrosa commented on the upcoming test:
I’ve always done well in Aragón and I’m looking forward to racing in front of our home crowd again, the support is always great and gives you motivation! We had a test on Monday after Misano and found some positive things that I hope will help us here in Motorland, especially in corner exit. We’ll have to wait and see.