The Spanish ‘corkscrew’ and other curiosities of the Aragón Grand Prix

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The next Spanish event of the season takes place at MotorLand Aragón, the sixth track in the country to hold a MotoGP round.

Marc Márquez en MotorLand aragón
The Spanish ‘corkscrew’ and other curiosities of the Aragón Grand Prix

After its first season as part of the World Championship, MotorLand Aragón was named the Best Grand Prix of the Year by IRTA.

The MotorLand Aragón circuit was inaugurated in September 2009 and was named as a reserve track for the MotoGP World Championship.

It joined the calendar in 2010 as a replacement for Balatonring, a track that was being built in Hungary and was not competed in time to host the World Championship.

The track can be modified to extend or reduce its length and number of corners, including increasing the back straight to up to two kilometres. This option is mainly used for aerodynamic testing.

After its first season as part of the World Championship, MotorLand Aragón was named the Best Grand Prix of the Year by IRTA. It was the first time that an event had received this award in its debut season. Since then, it has been given the award on two further occasions.

With a difference in altitude of 50 metres between its highest and lowest point, it is one of the circuits with the greatest variation on the calendar.

The sector including Turns 8 and 9 has become one of the most iconic for the track due to its similarity to the ‘Corkscrew’, the legendary corner at the American circuit of Laguna Seca.

Turn 10 was named after Marc Marquez in 2018. In it we can find a monument in his honor.

Marc Márquez rodando en moto junto a verja en MotorLand

With six victories, Marc Márquez is the most successful rider at MotorLand Aragón (five wins in MotoGP and one in Moto2) and has the most pole positions there: five in MotoGP ( four consecutive), plus those he achieved in 125cc and Moto2 in 2010 and 2011. He has also held the lap record since 2015, with a time of 1:46.635.

In 2011, the Repsol Honda team participated in the Aragón GP with a special livery and leathers design, devised by David Delfín.

In addition to the racing track, MotorLand Aragón also includes a karting circuit, dirt tracks and Technopark MotorLand, where, among other things, maintenance and set-up for engines used in the Moto2 World Championship is undertaken.

Besides MotoGP, other championships such as World Superbikes, the FIM CEV Repsol and the RFME CEV also compete at MotorLand Aragón throughout the year.

Alcañiz has long been associated with motorsport. Since 1965, sporting events have been held on street circuit called Guadalope. The 3,890-metre track took the name of the river that crosses the city, but races were discontinued their due to safety issues.

Originally, the promoters of the urban race wanted to hold motorcycle racing events, but finally they opted for cars, because the safety measures were not suitable for bikes.

Equipo Repsol Honda con Casey Stoner y Dani Pedrosa

MotorLand Aragón is the sixth Spanish circuit to host a Motorcycle World Championship event. The other five are Montjuïc, Jarama, Jerez, Barcelona-Catalunya and the Comunitat Valenciana Ricardo Tormo.

It was designed by Hermann Tilke, the architect of other circuits such as COTA and Sepang. For the design process, Tilke was advised by ex-Formula 1 driver Pedro Martínez de la Rosa.

MotorLand is one of five circuits on the calendar that are run anti-clockwise, along with Austin, Sachsenring, Phillip Island and Valencia.

Of the ten editions of the Aragon Grand Prix to date, seven of them have been won by Repsol Honda riders: Casey Stoner in 2011, Dani Pedrosa in 2012 and Marc Márquez in 2013, 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019.

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