With the addition of Motorland Aragon to the 2010 MotoGP schedule, Spain now hosts four GP races, more than any other country. And its no surprise that Repsol Honda rider Dani Pedrosa was there Tuesday, taking a few laps around the 3.3-mile circuit near Alcaniz in Spain.
Pedrosa wasn’t able to run his RC212V on the track, but did get some laps in on a Honda motorcycle. After taking a few laps, Pedrosa met with he Minister of Industry Trade and Tourism of the Government of Aragon and vice president of Motorland, Arturo Aliaga, who was on site to attend a meeting with the board.
Motorland Aragon will host the 13th of 18 MotoGP rounds this September. The circuit now joins the other Spain circuits on the schedule: Jerez, Valencia and Barcelona. A deal was signed between MotoGP rights holder Dorna Sports and Motorland in March, and the circuit is now reserved for the next five years on the MotoGP schedule. Dorna Sports CEO Carmelo Ezpeleta said after the agreement was signed with Motorland, the venue "shows that Spain is a country with the best circuits in the world."
Dani Pedrosa, 25, was born in Sabadell. He has taken three world titles: two in the 250cc class (2004, 2005) and one in the 125cc class (2003). Since joining the premier class in 2006, the Spaniard has achieved nine wins (the last this year in the Grand Prix held at Mugello), 16 second places and 17 third for a total of 42 podium in the last five years.
He currently currently sits in second place in this year’s championship with 113 points, 52 behind the series leader, Fiat Yamaha rider and fellow countryman Jorge Lorenzo.