(Editor's note: I made a photo lap of the Aragon circuit last year, to give readers an idea of just how steep and tricky the circuit is. I've reposted this photo lap as a reminder for anyone who has forgotten.)
Motorland Aragon is a brand new track on the MotoGP calendar, and if it has a defining feature, it's the elevation around the track. The track winds uphill, drops down a little, then climbs back up again before plummeting down the back straight towards the final corner. I went for a walk around the track to explore, and took some photos.
At the end of the straight, there's a small drop into Turn 1
Once you're Turn 2, starting to go uphill
Out of 2, on to Turn 3. The track is slowly starting to climb.
Through Turn 3, the track is about to climb seriously
Up the hill out of Turn 3. This is steep.
This is how steep the climb up to Turn 4 is. Expect the Honda to be strong here.
Turn 4 is a fairly fast sweeper, but we're still climbing
Through 5, and onto 6
Up the hill through 6 towards 7
MotoGP's Safety Officer pushing it through 7. This is just about the track's highest point.
And on to the short straight before the Sacacorchos - Turns 8 and 9.
There's a big drop off before Turn 8, making that part completely blind.
Spain's very own Corkscrew: Turns 8 and 9
Tight, downhill, off-camber
After 8 and 9, the hill bottoms out in the middle of Turn 10, and starts to climb up the hill again
The exit of 10 heads up the hill through Turn 11, a long fast sweeper
The entrance to Turn 12 is completely blind, as is much of the rest of the track
There's no sign of where to turn in for Turn 12 at the top of the hill. The backdrop, on the other hand, is spectacular.
Franco Uncini demonstrates just where the turn in point is
Turn 12 turns sharply on towards Turn 13.
Yet another blind bend with no sign of a turn-in point: Turn 14
Colin Edwards hits the right hander at Turn 14
It's all downhill from Turn 14, with the sharp left of Turn 15 directly afterwards
The long drop down the back straight. Despite the corner leading on to it being slower, you pick up speed quickly here. A lot of scooters were topping out down the back.
The back straight levels off a couple of hundred of meters before the final section
Turn's 16 and 17 are really just one really, really long left back up the hill onto the straight
It's a stiff old climb back up onto the front straight
Nearly there, up the hill and back across the line
The circuit has a 3D map showing the track elevation. It's impressive.
The people who are paying for this whole thing
Mountains frame the track