The MotoGP World Championship paddock arrived at Aragon for the first time ever on Thursday, as the new Spanish circuit prepares to host its first ever grand prix this weekend.
And there are plenty of reasons for local fans to attend, with home stars Jorge Lorenzo
and Dani Pedrosa
first and second in the championship - and winners of the last eleven races between them.
Yamaha star Lorenzo currently leads the World Championship by 63 points from compatriot Pedrosa (Honda), and both tested at the exciting new Aragon circuit on road bikes last month.
"I did some laps here on a Yamaha R1 and was very excited to try the new track," declared Lorenzo. "Seems a lot of fun, with a lot of interesting corners and a long straight. It will be interesting to see how everyone adapts; it will be very different riding a real bike here like the M1."
Lorenzo remains the only MotoGP rider to have scored points in every round so far this season, having also finished on the podium in every race.
It's this consistency that has been key to his championship campaign and the Fiat Yamaha rider is keen to add another podium finish to his tally here at Aragón this weekend.
With six rounds of the season remaining what had seemed to be a straight run for Lorenzo to a first premier class title now appears to be a little more complicated thanks to the efforts of Pedrosa, who has reduced the points deficit by 14 points in just two races with his back-to-back wins at Indianapolis and Misano.
"Nobody said it was going to be easy. You have to fight for a championship, against some real fighters, if you want to win. My aim here is to get on the podium again and to push as hard as I can," added Lorenzo.
Pedrosa finished second to Lorenzo at Jerez and Catalunya, but arrives at Aragón with renewed confidence after his recent victories and keen to take his fifth win of the season.