In preparation for the newly-added Motorland Aragon to the 2010 MotoGP calendar, 42 riders representing the Moto2 and 125 Class began two days of private testing Tuesday. The tests, which conclude Wednesday, began with impressive times, most notably in Moto2 as Andrea Iannone smashed the lap record during the morning session with a 1:55.364.
The FTR Moto and Fimmco Speed Up Team rider, who has two Moto2 wins at Mugello and Assen, along with three pole positions, is known for setting fast lap times. During seven of 18 rounds so far this year, the 21-year-old Italian has set the fastest lap time at three tracks for the debut Moto2 class: Mugello, Assen and Catalunya.
Thirty Moto2 riders participated in the morning and evening session that averaged about 40 laps each on the 3.3-mile circuit that will host Round 13. During the morning session, the second and third fastest riders behind Iannone were JIR Moto2 rider Mattia Passini and Technomag-CIP rider Shoya Tomizawa.
During the evening practice, the Japanese rider Tomizawa was on top with a 1:55.758 during lap eight of 12. The second and third fastest times came from two Spaniards: Mapfre Aspar Team’s Julian Simon, and the series current championship leader, Gresini Racing’s Toni Elias.
Twelve riders practiced for the 125 Class: Efren Vázquez, Sandro Cortese, Esteve Rabat, Simone Grotzkyj, Alberto Moncayo, Adrian Martin, Randy Krummenacher, Luis Salom, Pol Espargaro, Marcel Schrottet, Marc Marquez and Danny Webb.
Red Bull Ajo Motorsports rider Marquez dominated both sessions, posting a 1:59.949 in the morning, and a 1:59.544 in the evening. This is no surprise, considering the 17-year-old Spaniard became the youngest ever to win four successive Grand Prix races after winning this past Sunday at Catalunya, breaking nine-time world champion Valentino Rossi’s record.
In both sessions, the second and third fastest riders were Tuenti Racing’s Espargaro and Vazquez, respectfully. This puts three Spaniards fastest in the 125cc Class at a native track.
Three MotoGP riders also tested out the new track on a Ducati 1198S: Ducati Team rider Nicky Hayden and Pramac Racing pair Mika Kallio and Aleix Espargaró. The group completed a number of laps each to study the layout of the circuit. After completing 20 laps, Kallio offered comments to the official MotoGP Website.
Mika Kallio says: “There are many riding lines you can take and this will make it an interesting circuit to race on in September. There are a few tight corners which we will have to think about, but after this ride I am happy. There will be plenty to consider because there are some points where the track rises and then falls away, so this will obviously be something that we have to plan for. Now I can give some tips to the team so we can have an idea about preparation for the set-up of the bike, and this is definitely a track I am looking forward to racing on.”
This past March, Motorland Aragon was signed to the MotoGP schedule for the next five years. The circuit was added after the addition of Hungarian Grand Prix to the MotoGP Championship schedule was put on hold for the second year (officials saying Balatonring would not be completed in time due to bank troubles this year).
With the addition of Aragon, which is near Alcaniz in Spain, four Spanish circuits are currently on the GP racing schedule: Motorland Aragon, Jerez, Valencia and Barcelona. Spain now hosts more MotoGP motorcycle races than any other country.