Moto GP

Espargaro and Smith Back on Spanish Soil for Aragon Fight

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The Monster Yamaha Tech3 team head to Spain this week for the 14th round of the 2014 MotoGP World Championship at the impressive MotorLand Aragon circuit as both riders aim to clinch successful results before heading east for the three fly away races.

The modern and well equipped 5078 meter anti clockwise track is located in the heart of Spain, close to Alcaniz which formerly hosted street racing events in the past. The MotorLand Aragon circuit first held it̥s MotoGP race in 2010, 12 months after construction and won the IRTA Best Grand Prix of the Year award that season due to the meticulous construction and brilliant facilities.

The high-speed track features 17 corners, with 10 left and 7 right plus a straight of 968 meters and tests the riders to their limits as well as always ensuring a fantastic racing spectacle in front of the passionate Spanish crowd.

Pol Espargaro returns to home soil once more with intent to fly high by battling for the leading satellite MotoGP bike title and continue his impressive showing in his first season in the premier class.

"It's always great racing in my home country so this weekend will be one to remember for sure." Espargaro stated. "I really enjoy the style and the corners of this track, which are just simply superb as well as being great fun to ride.

"I am very keen to get going especially as I have won twice here in the lower leagues so I am confident of a strong result this weekend aboard the Yamaha which I am feeling very positive with.

"The past few races have been productive but there's still work to be done, as I'm still a bit off the leading factory riders. I am determined to get a good result before we head outside of Europe for the next three races and so I will try nothing but my best here this weekend.

"Realistically I think we can at least be battling for the leading satellite bike once again and I can't wait to experience the track and especially the last corner on a MotoGP bike!"
Bradley Smith will look to undertake another confident race result this weekend - Credit: Yamaha Racing
Bradley Smith will look to undertake another confident race result this weekend by closing in on the top six with the Yamaha YZR-M1 after a positive ride at the previous round in Misano.

"This weekend I intend to firmly reinstate myself within the top six at the MotorLand Aragon circuit which is really something special and has produced some great races for the fans in recent years." Smith said. "It was good to bring the bike home in 7th at the last race to give me some confidence for this round and the final part of the season even though, for sure, I am aiming to be higher.

"I have had some strong runs here before and 7th last year as a rookie was positive but I'll certainly be gunning for more this time around.

"The sweeping corners suit the YZR-M1, therefore I remain fully confident in my ability so I look forward to the challenge as always and pushing myself to the limit to do my best for the team and Yamaha." Smith concluded.

Top Image: Pol Espargaro returns to home soil at Aragon

Credit: Yamaha Racing

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