The MotorLand Aragón circuit in northern Spain is to stage a round of the World Superbike Championship from 2011 on a three-year agreement, meaning the Hermann Tilke-designed track will play host to the two most popular and highest-profile forms of motorcycle racing – WSBK and MotoGP.
MotorLand Aragón hosted its first international meeting in 2009 with World Series by Renault, and earlier this year it was announced that the venue close to Alcañiz would replace Balatonring on the MotoGP schedule later in the summer due to the Hungarian track not being ready in time to welcome the premier class – thereby becoming the fourth Spanish outing on the 2010 calendar and a long-term reserve.
The WSBK deal with Infront Motor Sports was concluded this morning in the Aragón regional government headquarters, in the presence of MotorLand president and Aragón Government vice-president José Angel Biel, MotorLand CEO Antonio Gasión, Infront Motor Sports CEO Paolo Flammini, the regional minister of commerce, tourism and industry Arturo Aliaga and Ducati star Carlos Checa. The race will be held in the spring of 2011, 2012 and 2013.
“Motorland is a very new circuit and it's already at the top,” Flammini is quoted as having said by the official WSBK website. “To have MotoGP and Superbikes in its first years of activity demonstrates that it is a top-level circuit. The Superbike World Championship requires requisites of maximum safety and top-class facilities to be in a position to guarantee the presence of high numbers of spectators – and Motorland is able to offer all this.”
“Superbike races offer a well-balanced sporting spectacle,” added Checa, “and for this reason they are spectacular, also for everyone watching on TV. Motorland is a circuit that respects all the standards to host a world-class race. I am happy to be able to race Superbikes here next year – and I hope to win!”