Jorge Lorenzo, the current MotoGP Championship leader, took a few laps at the new Motorland Aragon circuit in his homecountry of Spain on Wednesday.
The 23-year-old Fiat Yamaha rider piloted a Yamaha R1 around the track for 80 minutes, getting a feel of the circuit before the Sept. 19 race at Aragon, which is Round 13 of the MotoGP Championship.
Lorenzo wasn’t able to ride his Yamaha M1 factory bike on the circuit due to MotoGP regulations. After his two sessions were completed, Lorenzo commented on the track.
Jorge Lorenzo says: “It’s a very funny with very different curves. The first curves are similar to Turkey and one looks like Missana. I found it very fun and I’m looking forward to racing here.”
“With regard to proof of Alcañiz, the Yamaha rider has said it expects to see many fans at the circuit. “I hope that all people approaching the area to encourage the Spanish pilots.”
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.”
After 10 rounds, Lorenzo leads the championship with 235 points, 77 ahead of his fellow countryman Dani Pedrosa. Lorenzo won seven races this year, and took three second-place finishes in the remaining races. His teammate, Valentino Rossi, is currently fifth in the championship with 101 points
Since the Mallorcan rider’s debut in 2002 in 125cc, he has accomplished 66 podiums (33 wins, 18 second places and 15 third places), 40 poles and 15 fastest laps. He is also a double double champion in the 250cc class.