The best bikers in the world meet in Motorland this weekend for the Aragon Grand Prix.
The motorcycle world championship
is on its way to the final stretch of the season, and before the ever decisive Eastern tour through Japan, Australia and Malaysia in October, the championship will have its next-to-last European date in Alcañiz, home of the Aragon Grand Prix
. It will be the fifth visit of the ultimate motorcycling expression to the great Motorland
, with its 5,078-meter track
that is one of the fastest, most varied and most spectacular tracks in this world championship.
The great attraction of the MotoGP Aragon will definitely be Marc Márquez
, the current world champion and the lead of this season
with 11 victories, no less, in the 13 races held up to date. An unfortunate fall at the San Marino Grand Prix in early September in the Misano circuit will prevent Márquez from having his first ‘match ball’ to mathematically revalidate the MotoGP title
this Sunday in Motorland. However, the Catalan champion arrives at Alcañiz
willing to do everything in his power to repeat the 2013 victory and offer one more triumph to his family, friends and fans, who will go together to the Aragon circuit, based only 179 kilometers from his home town, Cervera.
“On my next races, I will play it safer to make sure to get the title… except in Aragon, where I will go all in”
, said Márquez in Misano after his last race. This is a clear warning for his rivals, and a great statement for the audience, who won’t see him become champion yet for the second time in the top tier of the motorcycling competition, but who will be able to enjoy his extreme, spectacular and aggressive riding in all its glory.
Márquez, aiming for Doohan’s record
Marc Márquez is also aiming at the 12-victory record in the queen category held by the mythical Mick Doohan since 1997, which he will match in Aragon if he wins the race. As an added detail, Motorland is the Catalan champion’s favorite circuit
: the braking when approaching the finish line, the left turns which he has to make after an extremely long straight line almost a kilometer long (968 meters) in which the motos surpass 340 km/h, is the perfect stage for his amazing skids. Definitely worth watching!
Márquez is, without a doubt, the man to beat (current champion, championship leader and last-year’s winner); but there are, of course, other candidates for the victory: the fire-proof Valentino Rossi
, nine-time world champion, who will get to Aragon in good shape and with the highest moral after winning the last race in Misano, close to his home in Tavullia. The 35-year-old known as ‘Il Dottore’
doesn’t give up, he keeps winning and just can’t get enough… and Motorland is one of the few circuits in the world that is not included in the great Rossi’s endless track record (which has 107 victories, no less). What is more, Valentino is running for the second place (because no one doubts that Márquez will take home the title) against Dani Pedrosa
, with only one point ahead of him in the general qualification. Pedrosa was the first biker to beat Márquez this season with his win in Brno, and he already knows what it feels like to win in Motorland: he was champion of the 2012 race.
Marc Márquez, Dani Pedrosa and Valentino Rossi are the only three pilots that have won MotoGP races this year
. However, the Majorcan Jorge Lorenzo
, twice world champion in the queen category, is eager to join the club, although he is going through his hardest season in the elite. After a difficult championship start, Lorenzo is recuperating his best shape, and, after being on the podium five consecutive times, he is ready to achieve his first triumph in Motorland, a circuit in which he has never won. The fight between the four greats of the MotoGP - and let’s not forget about other great pilots, such as Andrea Dovizioso
, Stefan Bradl
, Álvaro Bautista
and the brothers Aleix
and Pol Espargaró
- looks very promising.
No time to rest in Moto2 and Moto3
The MotoGP race will start at 2 PM on Sunday, September 28th
, but the Aragon Grand Prix show will start earlier, with the Moto3 (11:00 AM)
and Moto2 (12:20 PM) races,
categories in which the fight for the world championship is very heated. In Moto2, the Barcelonan Tito Rabat is leading the category, 22 points ahead
of the Finnish Mika Kallio, and comes with a boost to Alcañiz after winning the last three races. A new triumph in Aragon would land him closer to his dream of being world champion. But in addition to the fight for the title between Rabat and Kallio, teammates in the Belgian racing team Marc VDS, pilots such as Dominique Aegerter, Johann Zarco or Maverick Viñales should also be closely watched: they are fast and show a great thirst for glory, and they can also lead the Alcañiz race.
And in Moto3
, only 20 points separate the three first qualified racers in the general category, Jack Miller, Àlex Márquez and Àlex Rins, who will be competing for the title in an exciting season finale
. The Australian racer Jack Miller is leading, but Álex Márquez, brother of the MotoGP champion Marc Márquez, is right behind him, only 9 points away… and Álex Rins is getting closer and closer: he has won the last two races and he is the local idol in Motorland. He was born in Barcelona, but his family on his father’s side is from Valdealgorfa, a small town located only 25 kilometers from the circuit, which has been a holiday destination for the Rins family since young Álex was a child.
Expectation is at its peak, but Ticket Bureau
still has tribune tickets available for the Aragon MotoGP circuit
, for you to comfortably enjoy the best show in the two-wheeled world. Watch the MotoGP live full thottle!