Ciudad del Motor de Aragón

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Ciudad del Motor de Aragón
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Location Alcañiz, Aragon, Spain
Time zone GMT+1
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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 related to 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 2009, the first international championship to race at the venue.[3][4] The event has returned to Aragón every year since then. 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

  1. "Work team". motorlandaragon.com. Retrieved 18 November 2008.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. "CIRCUITS & AREAS". motorlandaragon.com. Retrieved 18 November 2008.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. "Motorland Aragon to host race in '09". autosport.com. 27 May 2008. Retrieved 18 November 2008.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  4. "Motorland Aragón to host WSR in 2009 and 2010". italiaracing.net. 26 May 2008. Retrieved 18 November 2008.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  5. "Motorland Aragon replaces Hungary on MotoGP calendar". MotoGp.com. 18 March 2010. Retrieved 18 March 2009.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  6. "Dorna and MotorLand Aragón agree extension until 2016". motogp.com. 1 March 2011. Retrieved 16 April 2011.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  7. "MotorLand Aragón to join WSBK calendar from 2011". crash.net. Crash Media Group. 19 May 2010. Retrieved 19 May 2010.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  8. "Huesca – Alcañiz. Motorland Aragón". Vuelta a España. Unipublic. Retrieved 24 August 2012.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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