Motorland AragĂłn

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In 2009, an ultra-modern motorsports centre was opened in the sweeping scenery of the province of Aragón in northern Spain: “Motorland Aragón” – “Ciudad del Motor de Aragón” in Spanish. The first challenge facing the teams and riders is getting there. The closest airport of any size is Barcelona. From there it is a 250-kilometre trip – mainly on winding country roads – to the rural region around Alcañiz. Once there, however, they are greeted by a state-of-the-art complex with two different circuit variants, a karting track, a technology centre and a leisure centre. The facility was designed by German architect Hermann Tilke, in conjunction with the British architectural practice Foster and Partners. The first motorcycle
Grand Prix was held at “Motorland Aragón” in 2010, while the Superbike World Championship made its debut there in 2011.

The circuit is technically very demanding and it is not easy to find the right set-up for the varying demands of the layout. The blind crests, downhill corners and changes in elevation are reminiscent of Portimão in Portugal. Ultra-quick straights lead into very slow bends, while the circuit also features numerous flowing sections, making it essential to find the racing line. Turns seven and eight are based on the infamous “Corkscrew” at Laguna Seca (USA). One key spot is the final corner: here, the riders must exit at full throttle in order to take enough momentum onto the start/finish straight, at the end of which they are presented with a number of overtaking opportunities. The track surface offers good grip and is very rugged. For this reason, it is important for riders to look after their tyres in hot, summer temperatures.

Circuit info:

  • Length: 5,345m
  • Width: 12-15m
  • Corners: 16
  • Start/finish straight: 630m
  • Direction: anticlockwise
  • Superbike World Championship debut: 2011
  • Most successful riders: Marco Melandri, Max Biaggi (1 win each)

Contact:

Motorland AragĂłn
Ctra. TE-V-7033, km 1
Apdo de correos 174
44600 Alcaniz, Teruel, Spain
Tel: +34 978835548, Fax: +34 978835549