Yamaha has never won the Aragon MotoGP, but momentum is firmly on the side of Jorge Lorenzo heading into this year's event.
The reigning double champion has won the past two races - trimming Honda star Marc Marquez's lead to 34 points - and was fastest during a private Aragon test session attended by Yamaha and Honda in June.
Lorenzo and team-mate Valentino Rossi then received a long-awaited seamless shift gearbox last time at Misano, and were a close second and third quickest - behind Marquez - in the following post-race test.
“I'm really looking forward to going to Aragon because in that track we did a very good test before the Assen Grand Prix,” confirmed Lorenzo. “In those tests we were the fastest and now we have an even better bike.
“I'm looking forward to getting to know our new level at the circuit. I feel very good physically and also the last Misano test went very well for us, so I'm going to Aragon feeling positive.”
Lorenzo, who won the previous home Spanish round in Catalunya, has finished 4-3-2 in the Aragon races to date. Team manager Wilco Zeelenberg admits the challenge to go one better in 2013 is a great motivation.
“Motorland has always been a challenge for us the last couple of years but after winning the last two races it is a great motivation to go there and find the secrets from Aragon,” he said. “When we tested there we went in the right way so let's see what we can deliver there.
“Jorge is now in a very good shape and the bike is also improved a lot. Our motivation is not the problem, but the secret of the track is always difficult to be achieved. Let's go to find it out!”
“Aragon has never been one of our best tracks but what we found during the last test there was very positive,” added team director Massimo Meregalli. “Both riders were very strong and that is why we want to continue the positive series of races and reduce the gap between Jorge and Marquez.”
Aragon is one of just three current circuits where Lorenzo has not had a grand prix victory in any of the three
classes; the others are the Sachsenring and Austin.