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MotoGP award for Aragon

Added Ducati's Nicky Hayden, after qualifying second fastest: “I think they've built a track they can be proud of. It's a nice facility, the layout is good and safe. There are some fun sections with blind entries, some fast corners and some slow ones... it's a nice mix.”

Though the track is ultra-modern, it has roots in the past. The Alcañiz Street Circuit hosted its first City of Alcañiz GP in September 1965, with races running right through to 2003.

As cars became more powerful and speeds increased, it became increasingly more difficult to host a safe event. As the millennium drew near, a plan was made to build a motorsports complex. Motorland Aragon is a public corporation created in 2001 as "Motor City of Aragon.”

IRTA President Herve Poncharal noted the circuit's quick work to prepare for the grand prix in announcing the award.

“This is a very special year for this award. We've had the pleasure of honoring many great tracks, but none in the first year of their existence. And none which had only six months to organize their first ever grand prix. That they were able to do it was impressive and historic; they are the first track ever to win the award on the first try.

“As we all know, Spanish motorcycle fans are second to none. There was some concern that having a fourth race in Spain would be a problem, but that wasn't the case. The race drew a very strong crowd of over 70,000 who were treated to fantastic racing at a facility that is so much more than a race track. It's also fitting that they join Jerez, Catalunya, and Valencia as a winner of the award.

“Having won in their 'rookie' year sets a standard that won't be easy to match. How do you improve when you're chosen as the best? However, I'm confident that won't be a problem. Jose Angel Biel, President of MotorLand Aragon Circuit, and his staff worked tirelessly for six months to make the race the success it was, and the day after the race they began planning for 2011, when they take their proper place on the calendar.”

IRTA Trophy Roll of Honour.

1984: Silverstone / GB.
1985: Hockenheim / Germany.
1986: Nurburgring / Germany.
1987: Assen / Netherlands.
1988: Suzuka / Japan.
1989: Donington Park / GB.
1990: Jerez / Spain.
1991: Donington Park / GB.
1992: Catalunya / Spain.
1993: Eastern Creek / Australia.
1994: Eastern Creek / Australia.
1995: Mugello / Italy.
1996: Mugello / Italy.
1997: Mugello / Italy.
1998: Phillip Island / Australia.
1999: Brno / Czech Republic.
2000: Mugello / Italy.
2001: Catalunya / Spain.
2002: Valencia / Spain.
2003: Valencia / Spain.
2004: Brno / Czech Republic.
2005: Valencia / Spain.
2006: Catalunya / Spain.
2007: Brno / Czech Republic.
2008: Losail / Qatar.
2009: Jerez/Spain.
2010: MotorLand Aragon/Spain

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Dennis - Unregistered

December 17, 2010 1:12 AM

He11 yeah they deserve it! Casey Stoner beats the GOAT, no one in Australia knows who the he11 he is. Hayden beats the GOAT, no one in the USA knows who the he11 he is. Lorenzo beats the GOAT and a friggin and a whole bunch of recognitions from all over the highest powers in Spain flow his way, even a documentary is on the works. Spain has been nurturing motorcycle racing and building most of the best tracks in the world while the rest of the planet is westernizing itself with NASCAR, Harleys and horrible diets.

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