Due to the Hungarian Balatonring not being completed in time for the 2010 MotoGP Championship, Dorna – the governing body of MotoGP – had to quickly find another circuit. That circuit was Motorland Aragon, a Spanish racing track built by the German Hermann Tilke that opened in 2009.Motorland Aragon, which became the fourth Spanish round in 2010 MotoGP, was an immediate hit for all classes in the Motorcycle Grand Prix series. During its debut year, it was chosen by the Grand Prix Commission as Best Grand Prix in the World Championship. The circuit remained on the MotoGP calendar since, and also won the same award in 2013.
And on Tuesday, the Grand Prix Commission once again awarded the Gran Premio Movistar de Aragón as the best MotoGP round of 2015. Held September 25-27, the 2015 Aragon MotoGP was won by eventual MotoGP Champion Jorge Lorenzo (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP). Winning in the Moto2 class was Tito Rabat, and in Moto3 Miguel Oliveira. The race attracted 114,131 fans attended the three-day event.Marta Gatson, the president of Motorland, says: “This is recognition for all the great work and good organization carried out by MotorLand during the Gran Premio Movistar de Aragón. It’s a stimulus that compels us to continue improving every day, working hard to improve the international appeal of MotorLand, Alcañiz, Teruel and Aragón.” Gaston also expressed her gratitude to IRTA, the FIM and Dorna “for their assistance each year at the Grand Prix, as well as the security personnel involved in the work and the thousands of fans who came to share and enjoy the passion for two wheels.”The CEO of Dorna Sports, Carmelo Ezpeleta, also commented: “Receiving the award for the best circuit of the season means the young team of MotorLand work well, with precision and professionalism. With a historic route from the urban circuit of Alcañiz, the new track now enters the MotoGP calendar as one of the most modern facilities in the world. This is evidenced by the massive pilgrimage of fans each year and the excellent words the riders speak about the track, a circuit that is varied and with many fun areas. Surely this tireless work from the staff and their level of excellence has allowed the track to become a regular fixture when designing the Grand Prix calendar each year.”
This week we ride two genre-departing motorcycles from the established American manufacturers. Jess McKinley gives us his thoughts on the all new Harley-Davidson Pan America Special, and Ron Lieback gives his on Indian’s latest version of the FTR 1200 S.