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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"
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."
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."