The MotoGP World Championship makes its third of four stops in Spain this weekend, with the ultra-modern Motorland Aragón following on from Jerez and Barcelona before the final round of the season at Valencia. The vast facility near the small town of Alcañiz has been the scene of a turf war between Jorge Lorenzo and Marc Márquez in recent seasons, with Valentino Rossi having never won there and with third place as a best result. The Italian has pulled points back on the championship leader for the last four consecutive meetings but needs to maintain this trend if he is to arrive at Valencia with a shot at the title. The best way to do this, of course, would be to break an historic run of eight different winners from the last eight races, with five races remaining of the season starting this weekend at Aragón.
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Eugene Laverty has good memories of a circuit that saw him celebrate ‘Open’ class victory last season. The Irishman has also stood on the podium there in World Superbikes in 2012, one of six top-six finishes at the track, and he knows a top-ten finish in this weekend’s race will be vital to maintain his hopes of a top-ten finish in the championship. Yonny Hernández also has fond memories of this circuit, with an unbroken run of points-scoring finishes in MotoGP that he would love to extend on Sunday. Twelve months ago the Colombian recorded one of the best results of his season with a tenth-place finish that he is keen to repeat as he targets a run of top-fifteen finishes between now and the end of the season.
Eugene Laverty: “At Misano I realised that the problem we have is with turning the bike. It meant that I lost a lot of time in the tight sections. That is where we struggled last weekend and where we have to improve. We’ll try to do that at Aragon. I’ve put in a lot of laps there in World Superbikes and also won the Open class last season, so it’s a good track for me and we are going for the top ten there – that’s always the goal, and we need it in order to keep in the fight for tenth in the World Championship.”
Yonny Hernández: “I hope to be able to give my very best in the next round of the championship in Aragón and find a good set-up from the start that will allow me to run close to the front and fight for points. Motorland is a circuit I like and we know it well, even though I didn’t get to race there when I was in the Spanish Championship so I am in the same boat as everybody else. Generally it is a good track for me and I have always been in the points there since I started in MotoGP.”