Aragon: Last round before the flyaways


Bo Bendsneyder and Niccolo Antonelli hope to be able to enjoy a dry race at MotorLand Aragon after the crash-filled San Marino GP.

This weekend the MotorLand Aragon circuit will host the third of four GPs held on Spanish soil. After a difficult race in the rain in San Marino, Bo Bendsneyder and Niccolo Antonelli hope to show their full potential in positive conditions, at a location that is usually arid and hot. The Red Bull KTM Ajo team returns to the place where last year they achieved their second Moto3 World title.
Bo Bendsneyder’s sixth position in the San Marino GP, despite having suffered a crash, should serve as motivation for the young Dutchman. Bendsneyder does not have great memories of Aragon up to now, but hopes to change this dynamic and challenge for the podium again. Last year he finished 15th in the Aragon GP.

Niccolo Antonelli wants to get a result that does justice to the good work he has done in recent GPs. Two crashes in the last race scrubbed out two big comebacks for the Italian under very difficult conditions. This will be the sixth time that Antonelli has contested this GP, where he has been in the Top 10 three times. Last season he crossed the finish line just ahead of his current teammate after moving up eight places.

The 14th Moto3 round of the season and the last before the flyaways, the Aragon GP, will be held at 11am local time. In the last two editions of the event, the Red Bull KTM Ajo team have a first position -Miguel Oliveira in 2015- and a second position for Brad Binder in 2016 that served to seal the title.

Circuit information – MotorLand Aragon
Length: 5.078m / 3.155 miles
Width: 15m
Left corners: 10
Right corners: 7
Longest straight: 968m / 0.601 miles
Constructed: 2009

“MotorLand Aragon is a circuit that I like. We will face the weekend like we always do. We will try to be strong from practice and in the race try to attack as much as possible, hoping to achieve a good result. We deserve a good result; we have worked hard throughout the season to achieve it. MotorLand Aragon is a very fast track where there are not many slow corners. It has quite different characteristics to those of the Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli. We will try to be strong, as always.”

“Last year MotorLand Aragon was not our best circuit, but we did not do badly either. We didn’t get to be in the front group, but this year I think it will be different and I hope we can fight at least to enter the Top 10. I can’t wait; I like the circuit, the only thing I don’t like is the long back straight. The circuit is very good and the area is too; I like Aragon. The part that I like most of the circuit is before the back straight where there are downhill corners. I’m looking forward to starting FP1 on Friday.”