Ciudad del Motor de Aragón

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Ciudad del Motor de Aragón

Motorland Aragón FIA.svg Configuration for FIA sanctioned sports

Motorland Aragón FIM.svg

Configuration for FIM sanctioned sports
Location Alcañiz, Aragon, Spain
Time zone GMT+1
Coordinates 41°4′42″N 0°12′27″W / 41.07833°N 0.20750°W / 41.07833; -0.20750Coordinates: 41°4′42″N 0°12′27″W / 41.07833°N 0.20750°W / 41.07833; -0.20750
Opened 2009
Architect Hermann Tilke
Major events FIM MotoGP
Aragon motorcycle Grand Prix
World Series by Renault
FIA Circuit
Length 5.344 km (3.321 mi)
Lap record 1:41.376 (Arthur Pic, DAMS, 2012, Formula Renault 3.5 Series)
FIM Circuit
Length 5.078 km (3.155 mi)
Lap record 1:49.521 (Dani Pedrosa, Repsol Honda, 2010)

The Ciudad del Motor de Aragón, also known as Motorland Aragón, is a 5.344 km (3.321 mi) motorsport race track located near Alcañiz, Spain.

The circuit has been designed by well-known German architect Hermann Tilke in conjunction with the British architectural firm Foster + Partners. Formula One driver and Ferrari test driver Pedro de la Rosa is a technical and sporting consultant on the project.[1]

The facility has been designed to incorporate three main zones – a technology park, a sports area and a leisure and culture area. The technology park will feature research and educational institutes based around the motor industry, the sports area will include the racing circuit (with multiple layouts), a karting track and various gravel circuits, whilst the leisure and culture section will feature a hotel, business centre and shopping facilities.[2]

It was announced on 26 May 2008 that the circuit will host a round of the World Series by Renault in both 2009 and 2010, the first international championship to race at the venue.[3][4] Renault Sport Technologies will also have access to the circuit for thirty days per year for testing and promotional events.

On 18 March 2010, Motorland Aragón was announced as a replacement for the Balatonring on the 2010 MotoGP calendar. Aragón was already in place as a reserve event and replaces the Hungarian race which was postponed because of overrunning construction work. This made the Aragon motorcycle Grand Prix the fourth Spanish race on the calendar.[5] In March 2011 Dorna Sports signed a contract with the circuit to make it a permanent entry on the main calendar until at least 2016.[6] On 19 May 2010, it was announced that the circuit will hold a round of the Superbike World Championship from 2011, with a three-year deal being agreed.[7]

The circuit was used as part of stage seven of the 2012 Vuelta a España.[8]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Work team". motorlandaragon.com. Retrieved 2008-11-18. 
  2. ^ "CIRCUITS & AREAS". motorlandaragon.com. Retrieved 2008-11-18. 
  3. ^ "Motorland Aragon to host race in '09". autosport.com. 2008-05-27. Retrieved 2008-11-18. 
  4. ^ "Motorland Aragón to host WSR in 2009 and 2010". italiaracing.net. 2008-05-26. Retrieved 2008-11-18. 
  5. ^ "Motorland Aragon replaces Hungary on MotoGP calendar". MotoGp.com. 2010-03-18. Retrieved 2009-03-18. 
  6. ^ "Dorna and MotorLand Aragón agree extension until 2016". motogp.com. 1 March 2011. Retrieved 16 April 2011. 
  7. ^ "MotorLand Aragón to join WSBK calendar from 2011". crash.net (Crash Media Group). 2010-05-19. Retrieved 2010-05-19. 
  8. ^ "Huesca – Alcañiz. Motorland Aragón". Vuelta a España. Unipublic. Retrieved 24 August 2012. 

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