Courtesy of MIE Racing Althea Honda Team
After a two-week break, the MIE Racing Althea Honda Team is now on its way to Alcañiz in Spain for rounds 4 and 5 of the 2020 Superbike World Championship, taking place at Motorland Aragón over the next two weekends.
Having already visited this particular track on several occasions in the past, Japanese rider Takumi Takahashi will continue to strive for progress aboard his CBR1000RR-R Fireblade SP, while Lorenzo Gabellini will be competing at what is another new track for him. The fact that the next six WorldSBK races will take place at Motorland Aragón can only be an advantage for the MIE Racing Althea Honda riders, as they will have plenty of time to respectively re-adapt to, and get to grips with, the Spanish circuit.
The Motorland Aragón structure, inaugurated in 2009 and located roughly 250 km from Barcelona, has hosted the Superbikes every year since 2011. 5077 metres in length, the track features seven right-hand turns and 10 left-handers.
Name: Motorland Aragón
Length: 5.077 km
Pole position: right
Corners: 10 left-hand, 7 right-hand
Best lap – Bautista (Ducati) 1’49.755 (2019).
Superpole – Bautista (Ducati) 1’49.049 (2019).
2019 SBK RESULTS:
Race 1 – 1. Bautista (Ducati); 2. Rea (Kawasaki); 3. Davies (Ducati)
Superpole Race – 1. Bautista (Ducati); 2. Rea (Kawasaki); 3. Lowes (Yamaha)
Race 2 – 1. Bautista (Ducati); 2. Rea (Kawasaki); 3. Davies (Ducati)
Takumi Takahashi 13
“I have already visited Aragón on three or four occasions, including two testing sessions this year and I like the track layout, although I feel I can further improve my riding, lines and references with regard to a few points of the track. It will be interesting to have two rounds in a row at the same track and I think we’ll try and set a positive trend over the two events, in terms of both our performance and results.”
Lorenzo Gabellini 63
“I wish I’d seen the Aragon track at least once before, but the truth is it will be another totally new experience for me. The good thing is that, having two consecutive rounds there means that next week I will be able to say that I’m racing at a track I already know! Joking aside, I just want to get there and see how it is, jump on my bike on Friday morning and try to understand as much as I can about the track in order to take another little step forward during the course of the weekend.”