Pedrosa targeting third consecutive win at Aragon The always enthusiastic Spanish crowd will be looking to either Jorge Lorenzo or Dani Pedrosa to give them a home win to celebrate this weekend, as the all-new Motorland Aragon circuit hosts a ...
Pedrosa targeting third consecutive win at Aragon
The always enthusiastic Spanish crowd will be looking to either Jorge Lorenzo or Dani Pedrosa to give them a home win to celebrate this weekend, as the all-new Motorland Aragon circuit hosts a MotoGP round for the first time.
Lorenzo, who currently leads the World Championship by 63 points from compatriot Pedrosa, tested at the Aragon circuit on a road bike last month. The Mallorcan said during today's pre-event press conference that he was looking forward to the weekend ahead, on a track that excited him.
"I did some laps here on a Yamaha R1 and was very excited to try the new track," declared Lorenzo. "It seems like a lot of fun, with a lot of interesting corners and a long straight. It will be interesting to see how everyone adapts; it will be very different riding a real bike here like the M1."
Lorenzo remains the only MotoGP rider to have scored points in every round so far this season, having also finished on the podium in every race. It is this consistency that has been key to his Championship campaign and the Fiat Yamaha rider is keen to add another podium finish to his tally here at Aragon this weekend.
With six rounds of the season remaining what had seemed to be a straight run for Lorenzo to a first premier class title now appears to be a little more complicated thanks to the efforts of Pedrosa, who has reduced the deficit to his rival by 14 points in just two races with his back-to-back wins at Indianapolis and Misano.
"Nobody said it was going to be easy. You have to fight for a Championship, against some real fighters, if you want to win. My aim here is to get on the podium again and to push as hard as I can," added Lorenzo.
Pedrosa finished second to Lorenzo at Jerez and Catalunya but arrives at Aragon with renewed confidence after his recent victories, and he is keen to take his fifth win of the season on home soil.
"In the last races we had good races and I'm happy with the results," said Repsol Honda rider Pedrosa. "This track is impressive; it has a different layout and you can have some fun here. Some corners will be difficult to figure out braking points for, especially the blind corners, and we might have rain to contend with tomorrow as well."
Reigning World Champion Valentino Rossi is still suffering the effects of the shoulder injury he sustained in a motocross accident earlier in the season. The Fiat Yamaha rider has taken two podium finishes since his return from injury, the last coming at Misano two weeks ago, but admitted during the pre-event press conference that he still has some pain in his damaged shoulder.
"After the race in Misano I had pain in my shoulder for two or three days and it looks like I will need surgery at the end of the season now," explained Rossi. "My target this weekend is to stay with Jorge and Dani who, at all tracks and in all conditions, are doing a great job."
"Spain is a great place to race with motorcycles. I tried this track with a Yamaha R1 last week and it was very, very funny. I said maybe I'd do 15 or 20 laps to get a feel for the track, but I enjoyed it so much I ended up pushing to improve my lap time and ended up doing 50 laps!"
Alvaro Bautista will be the sole Rizla Suzuki rider on track at Aragon, as Loris Capirossi has been forced to sit out this race due to the hand injury sustained in his opening lap crash at Misano. Bautista secured his best result of the season so far the last time he raced in Spain, taking fifth place at the Grand Prix of Catalunya, a performance he is keen to repeat this weekend at Aragon.
"I hope we can continue the improvements we've made with the bike and close the gap on the fastest riders," said Bautista. "I like the Aragon track; some different corners, uphill, downhill some hard braking areas and a very fast straight. I'm looking forward to riding the Suzuki GSV-R here this weekend."
Also present was Moto2 Championship leader Toni Elias, who heads into the weekend with an 83-point advantage over Julian Simon in the standings. Having won the last four races on the bounce Elias explained that his physical condition had not been aiding his cause over the past two rounds.
"In Indy I was with a lot of fever and in Misano I still wasn't fit. Even now I'm not 100% but I'm certainly much better than I was at Misano. But I won the last two races, so it's not such a big problem and I'm happy. With the Moriwaki I have a good bike and this has helped when I've not been completely fit," he explained.
Elias also put forward a suggestion for a tribute to Shoya Tomizawa, as he urged his fellow Moto2 riders to select the Japanese rider as the recipient of this year's Michel Metraux award. Read more by clicking here.
Earlier in the day MotoGP rider Aleix Espargaro and brother Pol of the 125cc class were shown around the Two Wheels Technical Centre at the circuit, where research, development and tests in the two and four-wheeled industries are conducted. Over €10 million has been invested in the centre, which is run by the not-for-profit organisation the Moto Engineering Foundation.