Round 3 of the season and we make our first stop in Europe at the Aragon circuit which in located close to Alcañiz, Spain. The track was designed by famous German architect Hermann Tilke he has designed many of the new circuits on the F1 calendar, The circuit first hosted a round of the WSBK championship in 2011. The defining feature of the Aragon Circuit is the wall that is the back drop as the riders go through turns 14 and 15 and was even used as the inspiration behind the Moto GP trophies designed by Jorge Lorenzo last year.
LAP RECORD:2016 C.Davies 1’50.421
Track Guide with Tom Sykes:
The races last year were dominated by Chaz Davies the Welsh man seems to have a special affinity for the Aragon circuit in recent years, He beat out Tom Sykes and Jonathan Rea for both races last year with the Kawasaki duo filling out the podiums in both races. From the early season form its looks very likely that we could have a repeat of this but Marco Melandri has shown he has the pace espically early in the race to fight with those three for the podium.
The Honda’s of Stefan Bradl and Nicky Hayden will be hoping to make a step closer to the front after struggling on the new Fireblade in the opening rounds, Alex Lowes meanwhile will be looking to build on what has been a great start for him he currently sits 4th in the championship. Leon Camier has also had an impressive start to the year on the under funded MV Agusta a couple of technical Faults have left him further down the championship table than his riding has warranted.
Championship top 10:
1.JONATHAN REA 100 KAWASAKI
2.CHAZ DAVIES 70 DUCATI
3.TOM SYKES 62 KAWASAKI
4.ALEX LOWES 49 YAMAHA
5.MARCO MELANDRI 45 DUCATI
6.XAVI FORÉS 34 DUCATI
7.JORDI TORRES 29 BMW
8.MICHAEL VAN DER MARK 27 YAMAHA
9.LEON CAMIER 27 MV AGUSTA
10.NICKY HAYDEN 21 HONDA
Saturday 1st April Eurosport 2 9:15am- 14:00pm Qualifying and WSBK Race 1
Sunday 2nd April Eurosport 2 10:00am-13:00pm WSS Race and WSBK Race 2
Along with WSBK this week we have the start of the British Superbike championship we have a Season Preview up already found here ( https://tractioncontrolblog.wordpress.com/2017/03/26/bsb-season-preview-2/ ) We will also have a preview of Round 1 up on Thursday this week keep an eye on my twitter for that ( @weephil56 )