2013 Aragon MotoGP Preview Press Releases

Press release previews from the MotoGP teams and Bridgestone ahead of this weekend's round at the Motorland Aragon circuit:

Repsol Honda Team en route to Spain for the Aragón GP

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 Championship Standing: 1st - 253 points

"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 Championship Standing: 3rd - 219 points

"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"

Yamaha Return to Spain for the Gran Premio Iveco de Aragon

Fresh from two consecutive race victories in Silverstone and Misano, the Yamaha Factory Racing Team are now returning to Spain for the third ‘home’ race of the year for defending world champion Jorge Lorenzo, the Gran Premio Iveco de Aragon at the Motorland circuit in Aragon.

Lorenzo has yet to take a victory at the track, scoring a third place podium in 2011 and improving to finish second last year. Fresh from his two consecutive race wins, the reigning world champion is aiming to take a third win as he fights to retain his title.

Teammate Valentino Rossi has yet to be on podium at Aragon, scoring a highest place finish of sixth in 2010, his last visit to Aragon on a Yamaha. The Italian will be looking to make the most of an improved bike set up following the recent Misano test to claim his first Aragon podium finish.

Situated in hills near the town of Alcaniz, Aragon is a relatively new circuit to the calendar having completed construction in time to host its first Grand Prix race in 2010. The Hermann Tilke designed circuit is 5.077km in length with an impressive straight that runs for just under a kilometre. There are plenty of elevation changes through the first series of turns and a wide track for overtaking opportunities.

Jorge Lorenzo

“I’m really looking forward to going to Aragon because in that track we did a very good test before the Assen Grand Prix. In those tests we were the fastest and now we have an even better bike. I'm looking forward to getting to know our new level at the circuit. I feel very good physically and also the last Misano test went very well for us, so I'm going to Aragon feeling positive.”

Valentino Rossi

“After doing a test, I am always very curious to go to the next race. The Misano test was very positive. We improved various aspects so I want to see if we are able to make a further step on race. My goal is always to fight with Jorge, Dani and Marc. In recent tests done at Aragon, Jorge and I made good times with the M1. The bike worked well so we are eager to go on to this circuit.”

Wilco Zeelenberg - Yamaha Factory Racing Team Manager

“Motorland has always been a challenge for us the last couple of years but after winning the last two races it is a great motivation to go there and find the secrets from Aragon. When we tested there we went in the right way so let’s see what we can deliver there. Jorge is now in a very good shape and the bike is also improved a lot. Our motivation is not the problem but the secret of the track is always difficult to be achieved. Let’s go to find it out!”

Massimo Meregalli - Yamaha Factory Racing Team Director

“We're going to Aragon with great expectations. We made two good private tests and the last one at Misano gave satisfactory results. Aragon has never been one of our best tracks but what we found during the last test there was very positive. Both riders were very strong and that is why we want to continue the positive series of races and reduce the gap between Jorge and Marquez.”

Third race in Spain for Ducati Team

The MotoGP season is entering its final phase, which will comprise three overseas races book-ended by a pair of stops in Spain, the first of which is set to take place this weekend at MotorLand Aragón, host of the calendar’s fourteenth round.

Situated in the northeast of the country, roughly midway between Barcelona and Madrid, the circuit is relatively new to the championship, and this will mark just its fourth time hosting MotoGP. It’s a modern facility with a track that runs in an anti-clockwise direction and includes a variety of corner types, as well as some modest climbs and descents.

The Aragón race will also mark the 200th Grand Prix start for Andrea Dovizioso, who finished on the podium last year and will be riding the track for the first time aboard the Desmosedici GP13. Dovizioso’s Ducati Team cohort Nicky Hayden also has a podium result to his credit at Aragón, having finished third in 2010, the track’s MotoGP debut.

Andrea Dovizioso – Ducati Team

“I don’t know if Aragón will suit us better than Misano. For me this year it’s always new and at every track the Ducati works in a different way. I don’t know what we can expect but normally Aragón is quite a good race for Ducati. I really didn’t know that I will reach the milestone of 200 GPs at Aragón! It’s really nice to do a lot of races in the world championship, and it’s something really important for the rider. When I was young, for me it was impossible to think about being a part of the world championship, so I’m really happy to have reached this milestone but it also means that I’m becoming quite old!”

Nicky Hayden – Ducati Team

“Aragón is definitely quite a bit different from Misano, the last track we raced at, as it goes left and has some elevation changes. It’s a fun track that has some nice corners, although it has gotten pretty bumpy since the first year we went there and had great results with the Ducati, which hasn’t helped us. It’s a track I enjoy, but we know that it’s not going to be an easy race for us. Still, I’m looking forward to going there. We’ll try to start the weekend strong and see if we can do something better than we have at the last few races.”

Vittoriano Guareschi – Team Manager

“Aragón is a race that brings back some nice memories for us. The first time we went there, we won the race and also put Nicky on the podium; it was my first win as team manager. The track is really nice, it usually has a good crowd and there’s a long straightaway where the power of our bike’s engine can be exploited. During the post-race test at Misano, we found a few little things that our riders liked—nothing extraordinary but they did help us to go a bit better. We hope to experience the same benefits at Aragón.”


POWER ELECTRONICS rider looking for third CRT victory on Spanish soil after triumphing at Jerez and Catalunya as De Puniet targets return to best form

The MotoGP World Championship returns to Spain for the third time this season this weekend as round fourteen takes place at the Motorland circuit in Aragon, a fantastic facility that resembles a theme park for motorsport enthusiasts. It's 5.078km layout is riddled with blind corners, elevation changes, fast switches in direction and two eternally long straights that put the riders and their machines to the ultimate test. After two straight victories Jorge Lorenzo arrives at his home race as the man in form but still with a 34 point deficit to series leader Marc Marquez, with Dani Pedrosa also still in title contention on the same points as Lorenzo and equally hopeful of home success in front of the Spanish crowd.

As well as the Spanish trio at the top of the championship Aleix Espargaro is chasing a home victory of his own this weekend. The POWER ELECTRONICS Aspar rider has been the standout rider in the CRT category this season by some margin and after 'victories' at Jerez and Catalunya already this season he is chasing a special hat-trick on Sunday. His team-mate Randy de Puniet has specific targets of his own as he looks to return to his best form following a disappointing run of results.

Aleix Espargaró: “This weekend will be special for us, as it always is when we race at home. The two Spanish rounds so far went well for us but at Motorland it will be more difficult to close the gap to the factory prototypes because it is a different kind of circuit. The two long straights will make it hard for us but hopefully the support of the Spanish crowd can give us an extra push. I made a little mistake in the last race at Misano so at Motorland I will be looking to get back to being the top CRT. Motorland is a fun circuit with some blind corners in the first two sections. The last corner is also great fun and in general it is a very complete track."

Randy De Puniet: “I am really looking forward to this weekend at Motorland, a circuit I love. It is fast and technical with a lot of elevation changes, which means that you need a good set-up. We have had a tough run of races and not been as competitive as we would like but we are determined to turn the situation around as quickly as possible. We will keep working this weekend and hopefully find a more stable set-up for the bike that helps me to ride it comfortably and push it to the limit as I know how.”


After a home race for the team at Misano last time out, this weekend it is the turn of Alvaro Bautista as the MotoGP World Championship heads to Spain for the third time this season. It may be a long way from his home town of Talavera de la Reina but Alvaro will have plenty of local support at Motorland Aragon, where he is determined to make up for a disappointing result in Italy, when a positive run of form was ended by a bizarre setback that was out of his hands. Bryan Staring's race ended early at Misano due to a technical problem and he is hoping to recover ground this weekend as he looks to end his debut MotoGP season in positive fashion and build towards his home Grand Prix in just a few weeks time.

Alvaro Bautista “I am still feeling frustrated about the race at Misano because I didn't have the opportunity to compete as I would've liked. It would've been nice to give the team and sponsors a good result to celebrate but I felt powerless to ride faster and we still don't know what really happened because I couldn't ride comfortably. We didn't make any changes to the setting compared to practice but the feeling wasn't the same and I was unable to fight for a better result. We kept the same setting for the test on Monday and I was able to ride almost a second faster, which shows that on Sunday there was something strange happened. Anyway at Aragon we will use the new material from Showa and Nissin that we tested on Monday at Misano and which gave us some positive feedback. Last year we had a lot of problems at this circuit but this year we arrive with a more competitive bike so I am sure that we can be fast like we have been in the last races. Obviously we need to work hard from the first session on Friday. The track is unusual with some fast sections and some slow sections, it has a long straight and some long and demanding direction changes. It isn't easy to find the right compromise with the engine and the setting but one good thing about Aragon is that you can make overtakes at various points on the circuit.”

Bryan Staring “Misano should have ended up with a good result for me but instead it finished with a retirement. I am still pretty disappointed about that but I certainly haven't lost any of my determination to finish my first season in MotoGP in the best possible way. Aragon is an opportunity to make up for the result at Misano and I will certainly be giving it my best shot.”

Fausto Gresini “We were looking forward as a team to Misano and we were hoping for a good result there but unfortunately a silly setback has cost us and Alvaro. It's a shame but the mood in the team is still good and we are confident we can make amends at Aragon. Alvaro has not lost any confidence himself and he proved that in the test on Monday, when he was able to lap almost a second faster than he had managed in the race, The test was also useful to try some suspension and brake solutions that he was impressed with and should be of benefit to us at Aragon. We have been in good form since Laguna Seca and we want to get back to that with some more strong results between now and the end of the season.”


Aragon, 26 September: LCR Honda’s Stefan Bradl continues his strong second season in MotoGP at Aragon Motorland this week end. The major highlight so far was pole position and second place at Laguna Seca – this historic pole position was a first for a German rider in the premier class. Bradl improved his hold on sixth overall with a canny fifth place in the last race at Misano and aims to challenge the top riders at the Spanish circuit with PlanetWin365 branding his RC213V for the first time ever.

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Stefan Bradl

“We had a test in Aragon this year already so hopefully we are well prepared for the race. It might be an interesting round for us because we are going there with a different set-up compared to the past ... we changed a lot the overall package of the bike in Misano. I am looking forward to this weekend, because the Aragon circuit suits the Honda machines, and with a strong pace we can make another good result ... but no crashes this time! I want to thank PlanetWin365 for their support for this race… it’s a new partner of our Team and I will do the best to reward their faith in me”!

The penultimate Spanish round of the season

MotoGP returns to Spain this weekend at MotorLand Aragón for the fourteenth round of the 2013 season. It will be the circuit’s fourth consecutive year hosting a MotoGP race.

Surrounded by the Iberian and Pyrenees mountain ranges, the Aragon circuit was designed by German architect Hermann Tilke. It currently includes a technology park that houses research institutes related to the automotive industry, and a sports area that includes the circuit, while a cultural and leisure area is planned as well.

Having taken advantage of the week off to rest and work on his endurance and the physical strength of his right shoulder, Andrea Iannone, who won the Moto2 race during the debut Grand Prix of Aragón in 2010, is ready to continue the good work carried out with the Energy T.I. Pramac Racing Team and tackle the last GP prior to the long and decisive October tripleheader.

Andrea Iannone - Energy T.I. Pramac Racing Team

“This week I took the opportunity to regain strength and endurance, particularly of the shoulder. I worked hard and now I'm happy and ready. The tests we did at Misano on Monday last week went well. We haven’t changed much but we’ve improved some things, and I was faster than during the weekend. I like the track here at Aragon a lot. I’ve been on the podium several times in Moto2, and I hope to have a good weekend. We have to be patient for further changes, but we continue to work on getting more and more.”

The penultimate Spanish round of the season

MotoGP returns to Spain this weekend at MotorLand Aragón for the fourteenth round of the 2013 season. It will be the circuit’s fourth consecutive year hosting a MotoGP race.

Surrounded by the Iberian and Pyrenees mountain ranges, the Aragon circuit was designed by German architect Hermann Tilke. It currently includes a technology park that houses research institutes related to the automotive industry, and a sports area that includes the circuit, while a cultural and leisure area is planned as well.

The Ignite Pramac Racing Team welcomes Yonny Hernandez, who will play the role of substitute rider for Ben Spies, until the American’s return. Yonny, who joined the premier class in 2012, is now ready to prove himself riding the Texan’s Desmosedici GP13.

Yonny Hernandez - Ignite Pramac Racing Team

“I'm very happy for the opportunity Ducati and Pramac are giving me, and I hope to learn a lot during the next races. Compared to the bike I'm used to riding, it’s a lot different. This one has a lot more power and I need to understand a lot of things, especially with the electronics, but I'm happy. I felt comfortable during the test at Misano, and I want to continue to learn and improve step by step. Now I’ll focus on the bike. I need to find the right feeling, and slowly I hope to get results too.”

Bridgestone MotoGP™ Preview - Round 14: Aragon

Tuesday 24 September 2013

Bridgestone slick compounds available: Front: Soft & Hard. Rear: Soft, Medium & Hard (Asymmetric)

Bridgestone wet tyre compounds available: Soft (Main) & Hard (Alternative)

Round fourteen of the 2013 MotoGP™ season takes place at Motorland Aragon; a venue where changeable weather conditions and the varied nature of the circuit creates a challenging scenario for tyre development.

At approximately five kilometres in length, Aragon is a technical circuit with a back straight almost one kilometre long among a mixture of long sweeping corners and slower, tighter curves. The varied nature of the circuit and its susceptibility to changeable weather requires a special approach to front tyre selection. The two front slick compounds, the soft and hard compounds are offered to ensure a broad operating range to deal with whatever weather and track condition occur this weekend.

Last year Bridgestone supplied asymmetric rear slicks for the first time at Aragon and following a successful debut, rear slicks with harder rubber on the left shoulder will once again be supplied this weekend. The CRT entries will have access to the soft and medium option rear slicks, while the more powerful works bikes will be able to select from the medium and hard rear slicks. Owing to the smooth tarmac and possibility for cold weather, the main wet tyre for Aragon is the soft compound option

Hiroshi Yamada - Manager, Bridgestone Motorsport Department

“The Aragon circuit is a state-of-the-art facility located in stunning surroundings which gives it a unique feel among the world championship venues. This technical circuit is quite demanding of the riders, bike and tyres with fast corners and heavy acceleration and braking zones. Jorge has shown great fighting spirit to win the last two races and he will once again have to give his all to beat the Honda riders this weekend, as Aragon is a circuit that Yamaha has yet to enjoy victory at since its introduction to the calendar in 2010. Aragon is the last round before we embark on a busy period of three back-to-back overseas races and undoubtedly the three Spanish riders currently leading the championship will give everything they can to secure a home victory this weekend to help them in their bid to become this year’s MotoGP champion.”

Shinji Aoki - Manager, Bridgestone Motorsport Tyre Development Department

“Aragon is a nice circuit and has a mixed layout that matches fast, flowing sections with some slower corners and chicanes. Compared to other tracks on the calendar, the tarmac here is relatively smooth and slippery so the tyres need to provide good grip, while the long, fast corners and downhill braking zones also require high levels of stability, so tyre development for this circuit is quite challenging.

The weather at Aragon can be quite temperamental and warm or cool conditions are possible, so our front tyre allocation will include the soft and hard compound options to ensure the widest operating temperature range. The soft compound front will give riders maximum edge grip and warm-up performance in cool conditions, while the hard option will provide better cornering and braking stability. We brought asymmetric slicks to Aragon for the first time last year and as these worked well we will once again bring this specification of tyre in the soft, medium and hard compounds.”

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