Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP Ready for Aragon Rumble

The Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP Team have travelled to the MotorLand Aragón for Round 13 of the 2021 MotoGP World Championship.
Alcañiz (Spain), 8th September 2021
The Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP Team is looking forward to resume action after a one-week break, this time at the MotorLand Aragón. With Fabio Quartararo, the team, and Yamaha all leading their respective championships, the crew is in high spirits and eager to start Round 13.

Quartararo is still on a high from his dominant win at the Silverstone circuit, which gave him a significant 65-point lead in the championship standings. Having felt confident of the total package at every track on the calendar so far this season, he is all the more poised to gun for a top position again this weekend.

The Aragon track is known as a challenging circuit. El Diablo’s best result there was his top-5 finish in the MotoGP class in 2019. However, he is keen to change this statistic the coming weekend, as he aims for a place on the podium.

Cal Crutchlow will once again be joining the Yamaha Factory team for this week’s GP. He left the Silverstone Circuit with a positive feeling and now aims to build on the work he has done so far. With the set-up of his YZR-M1 now adjusted to his specifications, he anticipates finding out how well it will work at the Aragon circuit.

The Briton has had his fair share of success in Aragon. Crutchlow has ridden there in the premier class eleven times and only finished outside the top-10 on three occasions. His career highlight on Teruel soil is the third place he scored in 2014.

The MotorLand Aragón circuit was added to the MotoGP Calendar in 2010. The track is situated near the town of Alcañiz, a few hours' drive from Barcelona. The fast 5.1km long track has ten left and seven right corners, and a 968m longest straight. It was given the IRTA Best Grand Prix of the Year award after MotoGP’s first visit there, reflecting the riders’ and the fans’ appreciation of the venue.

Those who wish to be reminded of the track’s lay-out can do so by watching Lorenzo Daretti (Trastevere73) and Michael Amara (Vindex182)’s demonstration of what a hot lap in Aragon looks like.
Massimo Meregalli

Massimo Meregalli

Team Director

We arrive in Aragon with our motivation as high as ever. We did very well at the British GP and that was a great boost for our morale, but here we have to start from zero again. We know this is a track that doesn’t play to our bike’s strengths. With that being said, neither does the Spielberg circuit, and Fabio’s pace was still competitive enough to challenge for a podium there. Cal knows the Aragon track really well and has always been competitive here. So, with this in mind, we are very curious to see what we can achieve this weekend. One thing is for sure, we are 100% committed to battling for top positions. No doubt it will be hard work, but we are ready for the challenge.
Fabio Quartararo

Fabio Quartararo

Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP Rider

Aragon is probably the worst track on the calendar, not for the Yamaha bike but for me. I have been fast there before – I got pole position last year – but I have never really been consistent. So this would be a great thing to fix. I want to learn at that track and be consistent there too.
Cal Crutchlow

Cal Crutchlow

I enjoyed the GP at Silverstone with the Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP Team. Overall, I felt like we did a good job, and I look forward to getting more laps in aboard the Factory YZR-M1, this time in Aragon. It’s not an easy track, but it’s one where I’m usually competitive at, so it will be nice to ride there and continue to add to the work we’ve done so far.