No break for the MotoGP World Championship as the Ducati Team arrive in Spain for the Aragón Grand Prix

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Just three days after last Sunday’s race at the Misano World Circuit, the MotoGP teams and riders have already arrived in Spain for another event, the fourteenth of the season and the third in the country this year: The Aragón Grand Prix, which as always takes place at the Motorland circuit close to Alcañiz.

Andrea Dovizioso has already been on the podium at the Spanish track twice before – in 2012 he was third and last year he scored an excellent second place. The rider from Forlì comes to Aragón with the aim of once again fighting for the podium and trying to make up some points on the championship leader, Márquez.

Danilo Petrucci, who moved back into third overall in the championship at Misano, wants to get back to competitive form and fight for some good results again. At Aragón Danilo is confident he can gain advantage from the good performance that the Desmosedici GP showed on this track last year.

In the Riders’ standings Dovizioso is 93 points down on Márquez, while Petrucci has a gap of 2 on fourth-placed Álex Rins. In the Teams’ standings, the Ducati Team holds on to its lead with 333 points, while Ducati is second in the Constructors’ classification.

Andrea Dovizioso (#04 Ducati Team) – 2nd (182 points)
“Motorland is one of the most unusual tracks in the calendar. In the past I had never really scored any good results, but last year we were very competitive and we finished second, so we arrive at the race weekend with this memory and this mentality. Obviously, as we could see at Misano, each race is a world unto itself and everything can change from one year to another, but we will try and be fast to get in amongst the leading positions throughout the weekend.”

Danilo Petrucci (#9 Ducati Team) – 3rd (151 points)
“I really like the Alcañiz circuit, even though for a variety of reasons I have never scored any good results here. I hope the time has come to change all that and overturn the trend of the last few races. At Silverstone and Misano I was quicker in the race than during practice, so from now on I have to constantly improve during the weekend to start up at the front on the Sunday. The team is doing a great job, but we must make a further step forward to tackle the final part of the season in a positive way and defend third place in the standings, which at this moment is my main target.”

The first MotoGP free practice session for the Ducati Team riders will be on Friday 20th September at 09.55 (CET), while the race is now scheduled for Sunday 22nd September at 13.00 (CET), one hour earlier than usual.

Circuit Information
Country: Spain
Name: Motorland Aragón
Best Lap: Lorenzo (Yamaha), 1’48.120 (169.0 km/h) – 2015
Circuit Record: Márquez (Honda), 1’46.635 (171.4 km/h) – 2015
Top Speed: Iannone (Ducati), 345.8 km/h – 2015
Track Length: 5.1 km
Race Distance: 23 laps (116.8 km)
Corners: 17 (10 left, 7 right)

2018 Results
Podium: 1st Márquez (Honda); 2nd Dovizioso (Ducati), 3rd Iannone (Suzuki)
Pole Position: Lorenzo (Ducati), 1’46.881 (171.0 km/h)
Fastest Lap: Dovizioso (Ducati), 1’48.385 (168.6 km/h)

Rider Information

Andrea Dovizioso
Bike: Ducati Desmosedici GP
Number: 04
Age: 33 (born on 23rd March in Forlimpopoli)
Residence: Forlì (Italy)
Races: 307 (209 x MotoGP, 49 x 250cc, 49 x 125cc)
First GP: 2008 Qatar (MotoGP), 2005 Spain (250cc), 2001 Italy (125cc)
Wins: 23 (14 x MotoGP, 4 x 250cc, 5 x 125cc)
First Win: 2009 Britain (MotoGP), 2006 Catalunya (250cc), 2004 South Africa (125cc)
Pole Positions: 20 (7 x MotoGP, 4 x 250cc, 9 x 125cc)
First Pole: 2010 Japan (MotoGP), 2006 France (250cc), 2003 France (125cc)
World Titles: 1 (1 x 125cc)

Danilo Petrucci
Bike: Ducati Desmosedici GP
Race Number: 9
Age: 28 (born on 24 October 1990 in Terni)
Residence: Forlì (Italy)
Races: 131 (MotoGP)
First GP: 2012 Qatar (MotoGP)
Wins: 1
First Win: 2019 Italy (MotoGP)
Pole Positions: –
World titles: –

Championship Information

Riders’ Standings
Andrea Dovizioso (# 04 Ducati Team) – 2nd (182 points)
Danilo Petrucci (# 9 Ducati Team) – 3rd (151 points)

Constructors’ Standings
Ducati – 2nd (221 points)

Teams’ Standings
Ducati Team – 1st (333 points)

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