In 2009, an ultra-modern motorsports centre was opened in the sweeping scenery of the province of AragĂłn in northern Spain: â€śMotorland AragĂłnâ€ť â€“ â€śCiudad del Motor de AragĂłnâ€ť 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 â€“ mainly on winding country roads â€“ to the rural region around AlcaĂ±iz. 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 â€śMotorland AragĂłnâ€ť 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 PortimĂŁo 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 â€śCorkscrewâ€ť 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.
Ctra. TE-V-7033, km 1
Apdo de correos 174
44600 Alcaniz, Teruel, Spain
Tel: +34 978835548, Fax: +34 978835549