Spain welcomes the MotoGP World Championship for the third time this season – with another still to come – this weekend as the thirteenth round of the Moto2 season takes place in Aragon. It is the last round in Europe before the series departs for three races overseas, before returning for one last hurrah at Valencia. The Motorland circuit made its first appearance on the calendar last year as a replacement for the cancelled Hungarian Grand Prix but now it is a permanent fixture and as one of just six circuits on the calendar that measures over five kilometres in length it provides another huge test for the Moto2 teans and riders.
Julián Simón returns to Motorland having smashed the circuit record during testing in May, although much has changed since then – most notably his ongoing recovery from a broken right leg. The MAPFRE Aspar rider has fought tooth and nail for the team over the past few rounds and he is hoping all the hard work pays off with a good result this weekend. His team-mate Jordi Torres missed the last race due to a hand injury picked up in qualifying but after taking victory in the Moto2 Spanish Championship last weekend he is clearly already back to full form and fitness. The MAPFRE Aspar box will this weekend have a third rider, with Elena Rosell returning to the team after a difficult debut at Assen back in June. Elena has more experience now and is confident of becoming the first Spanish woman to line up on a Grand Prix grid.
“I love Motorland and I have great memories of my first visit last year, when I finished second. We tested there in May and I think that should help us this weekend. It is also our third home race of the season and racing in front of your own fans always gives you a boost. It is a demanding circuit with all different kinds of corners and some long straights. The grip levels are great and personally I feel it is one of the most enjoyable tracks in the world to ride. Even though my fitness is still not perfect I am very much looking forward to going to Aragon and I want to enjoy it as much as possible. I will look to gradually build my rhythm and try to finish as high as possible on Sunday to pay the team back for all their support.”
“Even though I am still in a little discomfort I was able to win the Moto2 race in the Spanish Championship last weekend and that shows that my hand is recovering well. It is painful and I have to visit the doctor every day but I’ll be in much better shape for Aragon. On Wednesday I am going to Madrid for another check-up with Dr. Villamor but I am feeling motivated and ready for Aragon, a circuit I know at last. I won’t have to spend all day on Friday learning the track so that will help but the goal as always is to build up over the course of the weekend and hopefully fight for points on Sunday.”
“I am really looking forward to going to Aragon and finishing what I started at Assen. It will be nice to be running alongside the rest of the Moto2 riders in ‘normal’ conditions, at a circuit I already know. It will be nice to put the experience from Holland behind us, because it wasn’t exactly what we wanted, especially because I have more experience on a Moto2 bike now and I am used to it, which gives me more confidence. I am much more familiar with the way the brakes and tyres work now and that will help me to enjoy myself on the track. I don’t want to set objectives but I am sure we can do well.”
Source: Aspar Media
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