Aragon Gets MotoGP Venue Of The Year

Press Release | December 16, 2010

The following is from Dorna…Never in the history of the prestigious IRTA ‘Best Grand Prix’ has a

first-time host circuit been awarded the honor, until this year. The 2010

IRTA ‘Best Grand Prix’ award goes to MotorLand Aragon, the dazzlingly modern

circuit which overcame intimidating obstacles as a replacement race to

triumph on a calendar filled with world class facilities.The challenging layout, coupled with the exquisite teams facilities, the

co-operation and warm Iberian welcome everyone enjoyed from the organisers,

citizens, and businesses in the region, along with a strong endorsement from

the riders, made the 2010 Gran Premio A-Style de Aragon the clear favorite

for race of the year accolades.In winning the prize, MotorLand Aragon joins legacy circuits, and former

Best Grand Prix winners, Jerez, Catalunya, and Valencia as the fourth

Spanish track to achieve the honor. The country which gave us World

Champions and runners-up in all three classes, leads the way with nine

winners in the 27-year history of the award. That MotorLand Aragon won first

time out is testament to the extraordinary work of the organizing committee

led by Jose Angel Biel, President of MotorLand Aragon Circuit.While most of the circuits know a year in advance whether they’ll be

included on the grand prix calendar, MotorLand Aragon had half that time.

The race track, which was the first reserve circuit, was placed on the

calendar on March 18, just over six months before the Sept. 19 race date.Once given the green light circuit management immediately began preparations

to host the most prestigious World Championship, making sure that when the

teams, riders, and spectators arrived at the track near Alcañiz they would

be well taken care of.Located 200km southwest of Barcelona, the track, which was built with local

government backing, was designed by famed architect Hermann Tilke. Also the

prestigious British firm of architects, Foster + Partners, has contributed

with the design of the upcoming Leisure and Culture area. The third area is

a technology park (TechnoPark). The end result is multi-purpose motorsports

complex based on the pillars of technology, sports and leisure and culture.Spreads across the track’s 5.077 km layout are a combination of 17 corners

of varying speeds, mixed in with elevation changes. Because of the MotoGP

testing ban, none of the premier class riders were allowed to test their

prototypes prior to the race. But they were allowed to ride other equipment,

which many riders took advantage of.World Champion Jorge Lorenzo, of the Fiat Yamaha team, said, “I really like

this track. It’s so fun to ride and it is quite different, a new challenge.

It is interesting to ride the M1 here after coming here on an R1.” Added

Ducati’s Nicky Hayden, after qualifying second fastest, “I think they’ve

built a track they can be proud of. It’s a nice facility, the layout is good

and safe. There are some fun sections with blind entries, some fast corners

and some slow ones… it’s a nice mix.”Though the track is ultra-modern, it has roots in the past. The Alcañiz

Street Circuit hosted its first City of Alcañiz GP in September 1965, with

races running right through to 2003. As cars became more powerful and speeds

increased, it became increasingly more difficult to host a safe event. As

the millennium drew near, a plan was made to build a motorsports complex.

Motorland Aragon is a public corporation created in 2001 as “Motor City of

Aragon.”IRTA President Herve Poncharal noted the circuit’s quick work to prepare for

the grand prix in announcing the award. “This is a very special year for

this award. We’ve had the pleasure of honoring many great tracks, but none

in the first year of their existence. And none which had only six months to

organize their first ever grand prix. That they were able to do it was

impressive and historic; they are the first track ever to win the award on

the first try.”As we all know, Spanish motorcycle fans are second to none. There was some

concern that having a fourth race in Spain would be a problem, but that

wasn’t the case. The race drew a very strong crowd of over 70,000 who were

treated to fantastic racing at a facility that is so much more than a race

track. It’s also fitting that they join Jerez, Catalunya, and Valencia as a

winner of the award.”Having won in their ‘rookie’ year sets a standard that won’t be easy to

match. How do you improve when you’re chosen as the best? However, I’m

confident that won’t be a problem. Jose Angel Biel, President of MotorLand

Aragon Circuit, and his staff worked tirelessly for six months to make the

race the success it was, and the day after the race they began planning for

2011, when they take their proper place on the calendar.”IRTA Trophy Roll of Honour1984: Silverstone / GB.

1985: Hockenheim / Germany.

1986: Nurburgring / Germany.

1987: Assen / Netherlands.

1988: Suzuka / Japan.

1989: Donington Park / GB.

1990: Jerez / Spain.

1991: Donington Park / GB.

1992: Catalunya / Spain.

1993: Eastern Creek / Australia.

1994: Eastern Creek / Australia.

1995: Mugello / Italy.

1996: Mugello / Italy.

1997: Mugello / Italy.

1998: Phillip Island / Australia.

1999: Brno / Czech Republic.

2000: Mugello / Italy.

2001: Catalunya / Spain.

2002: Valencia / Spain.

2003: Valencia / Spain.

2004: Brno / Czech Republic.

2005: Valencia / Spain.

2006: Catalunya / Spain.

2007: Brno / Czech Republic.

2008: Losail / Qatar.

2009: Jerez/Spain.

2010: MotorLand Aragon/Spain


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