The PETRONAS MIE Racing Honda Team finds itself in Spain this week as it prepares for round ten of the 2023 Superbike World Championship at Motorland Aragón.
A little under two weeks ago, the team took part in round nine at the Magny-Cours track in France. Sunday in particular proved positive for Hafizh Syahrin and replacement rider Hannes Soomer, who were both able to reach the points zone in race 2.
The team is back to its regular line-up this weekend, with Eric Granado back in the garage alongside Syahrin. Both riders are keen to round out the 2023 season with some strong performances. Malaysian rider Syahrin competed at Aragón last season, while Brazilian Granado also has previous experience of the circuit.
The Motorland Aragón circuit is located in Alcañiz, roughly 250 km from Barcelona. The Superbikes have visited the Spanish track on a regular basis since 2011. Measuring 5077 metres in length, the track features a combination of long, sweeping turns and tighter, more complex corners, as well as a long back straight.
“Unfortunately, I missed the test at Aragón because I wasn’t fully fit, but I heard positive things. I also heard it was very windy, but that’s pretty typical of Aragón! I quite like the track now that I know it better, but it was challenging when I competed there for the first time. I hope the weather’s dry but not windy as that makes things really difficult! Fingers crossed we can have a good weekend and I can feel stronger on the bike.”
“I’m really pleased to be back on track with the team, as it’s been a while since our last races together Most. This is almost a home round for me, as I live in Spain, so I’m excited to get started. I really like the Aragón track, and so hope to be able to quickly get back into the rhythm on Friday and work well to set up the bike so that we can run three good races.”
Name: Motorland Aragón
Length: 5.077 km
Pole position: right
Corners: 10 left-hand, 7 right-hand
SBK RECORDS: Best lap – Razgatlioglu (Yamaha) 1’49.375 (2022). Superpole – Razgatlioglu (Yamaha) 1’48.267 (2021).
2022 SBK RESULTS:
Race 1 – 1. Rea (Kawasaki); 2. Bautista (Ducati); 3. Razgatlioglu (Yamaha)
Superpole Race – 1. Bautista (Ducati); 2. Rea (Kawasaki); 3. Razgatlioglu (Yamaha)
Race 2 – 1. Bautista (Ducati); 2. Rea (Kawasaki); 3. Razgatlioglu (Yamaha)