Alex Rins & Alex Marquez head for Aragon, joined by wildcard Maria Herrera
The Motorcycle World Championship visits Spanish territory for the third time this season, heading to the MotorLand Aragon circuit for the fourteenth round of the year. The Aragon Grand Prix is a home round for MotoGP riders Marc Marquez and Dani Pedrosa, plus Moto3 talents Alex Rins, Alex Marquez and the debuting Maria Herrera.
In the lower cylinder class, Alex Rins added to the excitement at the last round by taking a fourth victory of the year. With ten podium finishes from twelve races, the Repsol rider is engaged in a fight for the title, with his teammate, Alex Marquez, now a regular on the podium. Marquez has scored three podiums from the last four rounds, confirming his excellent progress this season.
The two will be joined by Maria Herrera who, after two wins in the CEV Repsol, has earned an invitation to compete at the Grand Prix as a Moto3 wild card.
“MotorLand is a circuit I like a lot. It is also very close to the town where I spend my summers and that will make the race a bit more special. Friends and family will be along to support me. Whether you like it or not, that motivates you to want to do well there. Above all we must keep calm and focus on getting a great result. This year, the overall feeling is good and I feel very comfortable with the bike. The layout is a bit tricky; it has some rather slow corners and the Corkscrew section, which is a blind descent. The last turn of the circuit is a site at which many races are decided and if you trail another rider onto the straight, you can overtake.”
“I like Aragon and I am quite familiar with it from the Spanish Championship. This is good for us, but last year in the World Championship the weekend was a bit tricky. We are very calm, as it is a track where I feel comfortable riding fast. From the first minute I will try to be very focused and avoid crashes. The goal is to improve my performance in the qualifying session, which I think is what where we have dropped off a bit in recent races.”
“I hope to learn a lot at this Grand Prix, because I will be alongside World Championship riders who are all very fast. I do not feel any pressure because what I need is to gain experience. I’ll be satisfied if I can lower the times I rode there in the CEV Repsol race. Above all, my goal is to finish the weekend having learnt a lot. I love the MotorLand track, not only because I took my first win there in the CEV Repsol, but because it’s a fast track and suits my riding style very well.”
Source: Repsol Media