MONSTER ENERGY YAMAHA MOTOGP TRAVEL TO ARAGON FOR ROUND 15
Alcañiz (Spain), 14th September 2022
The Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP Team are in high spirits after a positive end to the Misano Official MotoGP Test and are ready to tackle the upcoming triple header. They have made their way to the MotorLand Aragón for Round 15 of the 2022 MotoGP World Championship.
The Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP Team is looking forward to resume action after a short break following the Misano Official MotoGP Test. They have used the few days off to prepare for the upcoming triple header, starting with the Gran Premio de Aragón.
Fabio Quartararo has a 30-point lead in the championship standings as he arrives in Alcañiz. He is expecting a difficult weekend in Aragon. El Diablo‘s best premier class result there to date is his top-5 finish in 2019. But he is, as ever, fully determined to put in 100% effort to get a top position and defend P1 in the overall results.
Franco Morbidelli left the Misano Test with a positive feeling and this week aims to build on the work he has done so far. With the set-up of his YZR-M1 now adjusted to his specifications, he anticipates finding out how well it will perform on the Aragón circuit. The Italian has achieved great success at this track, securing the victory at the Teruel GP in 2020. He hopes for a point-winning position to move up from P19 in the standings.
The MotorLand Aragón circuit was added to the MotoGP Calendar in 2010. The track is situated near the town of Alcañiz, a few hours’ drive from Barcelona. The fast 5.1km long track has ten left and seven right corners, and a 968m longest straight. It was given the IRTA Best Grand Prix of the Year award after MotoGP‘s first visit there, reflecting the riders‘ and the fans‘ appreciation of the venue.
After the positive Misano Test, our motivation is very high. The atmosphere in the team is great, which is important before the start of the busy final chapters of 2022. This weekend we kick off the triple header that leads us into the Asia and Australia leg of the season. Traditionally, Aragon is not an easy track for us, but neither is the Spielberg circuit, and Fabio‘s pace was still competitive enough there for second place. Franky also knows the Aragon track really well and even secured the victory there in 2020 with the satellite Yamaha team. We expect a hard-fought race, but we‘re also curious to see what we can achieve this weekend. As always, we will aim for top positions.
I think the Aragon GP will be the toughest race of the GPs that we have left. But I‘m focused. I want to make it a great race. I‘ve never done better than a top 5 there before. Hopefully, we can be really strong, do a great race, and be proud of ourselves.
We have made good steps leading up to the Misano race and also during the test afterwards. We‘ve been on this positive trajectory, but we got unlucky during the race itself. This weekend we will try again. I made some great memories in Aragon in 2020 when I won the Teruel GP. We know that the competition is tough out there, but we‘ve already proven that we can get good results at this circuit too.