Aragon, final race for Red Bull KTM Ajo before flyaways25/09/2013
Luis Salom comes into the third Spanish round of the year with a 19-point lead in the overall standings. Zulfahmi Khairuddin took his season-best result last time out, and Arthur Sissis is aiming for the top ten.
The Aragon Grand Prix this weekend will be the third of the four races held on Spanish soil this season. Red Bull KTM Ajo rider Luis Salom rides at home, defending a 19-point lead in the overall standings. Teammates Zulfahmi Khairuddin and Arthur Sissis will look for good performances at a circuit —MotorLand Aragon— which is particularly well suited to the characteristics of the KTM Moto3 bike.
The most recent winner of the Aragon Grand Prix was Luis Salom, who won last year after a thrilling finale. The Spanish Red Bull KTM Ajo rider will try to repeat the performance at the MotorLand circuit, in order to return to the podium after missing the cut at Misano. With five rounds still remaining, the young Majorcan rider knows that each GP takes him closer to the title in Moto3.
The San Marino Grand Prix was one of the best weekends of the season for Zulfahmi Khairuddin. The Malaysian rider managed his highest position in qualifying this year and matched his best race result of 2013 with sixth. Zulfahmi Khairuddin wants to follow up on this from now on. At MotorLand he has not completed either of the last two races, although last season he was in the lead group for much of the race.
Only a low position in qualifying prevented Arthur Sissis from being in the same group as teammate Zulfahmi Khairuddin at Misano. This weekend’s race will be the second that the Australian rider has undertaken at MotorLand, but he hopes that this time he can enjoy some dry track time. He will be aiming for a repeat of his top ten finish from last year.
Circuit information – MotorLand Aragon
Length: 5.078 m / 3.155 miles
Width: 15 metres
Left corners: 10
Right corners: 7
Longest straight: 968 m / 0.601 miles
“I’m happy, because after a few weeks without being able to, these past few days I have been doing fitness training. No running, because my foot still hurts, but I am off the crutches. I’m a little wary, because it seems that this weekend the weather could give us some surprises —as happened last year. The win last year came after a long and hard fight, and I am sure that on Sunday we will also have a very difficult race. MotorLand Aragon is a circuit I like a lot, with very fast corners. We will try improve by taking things day-by-day.”
“The track for this weekend is a nice circuit. I like it. Last year I did pretty well there, so I want to have a good Grand Prix from Friday until Sunday. I hope to have luck with the weather and be able to enjoy some dry sessions, since the last time there almost every session was wet. This track is very fast, but also has some slow corners and a long straight where I think the KTM can realise its potential. One of the key points of MotorLand Aragon is the last corner.”
“MotorLand Aragon is, without a doubt, one of my favorite tracks. Last year I got good results on Friday and Saturday, but in the race I suffered a crash that left a sour taste in my mouth. The layout is a fairly complete, with fast corners. I believe that this circuit is particularly well suited to our bike and my riding style. I hope to continue on from Misano, because we worked well there. We want to carry this on for the rest of season.”