Spain's MotorLand Aragon circuit has made history by winning the IRTA 'Best Grand Prix' award at its very first attempt.
The new Spanish circuit overcame intimidating obstacles as a replacement race to triumph on a calendar filled with world class facilities.
While most of the circuits know a year in advance whether they'll be included on the grand prix calendar, MotorLand Aragon had half that time.
The race track, which was the first reserve circuit, was placed on the calendar on March 18, just over six months before the September 19 race date.
Once given the green light circuit management immediately began preparations to host the MotoGP World Championship, making sure that when the teams, riders, and spectators arrived at the track near Alcañiz they would be well taken care of.
Located 200km southwest of Barcelona, the track, which was built with local government backing, was designed by famed architect Hermann Tilke.
Also the prestigious British firm of architects, Foster + Partners, has contributed with the design of the upcoming Leisure and Culture area.
The third area is a technology park (TechnoPark). The end result is multi-purpose motorsports complex based on the pillars of technology, sports and leisure and culture.
Spread across the track's 5.077 km layout are a combination of 17 corners of varying speeds, mixed in with elevation changes. Because of the MotoGP testing ban, none of the premier class riders were allowed to test their prototypes prior to the race. But they were allowed to ride other equipment, which many riders took advantage of.
Future world champion Jorge Lorenzo, of the Fiat Yamaha team, said: “I really like this track. It's so fun to ride and it is quite different, a new challenge. It is interesting to ride the M1 here after coming here on an R1.”