On paper, Aragon isn't Valentino Rossi's best chance of breaking his ten-race MotoGP podium drought.

The Doctor has never won at the Spanish circuit, while the most recent of his three Aragon podiums was back in 2016.

But after three successive fourth places, including last Sunday at his home Misano round, the 40-year-old isn't far away.

“We‘ve seen at the San Marino GP what we need to work on, so that‘s what we will be focusing on during this weekend - though Aragon is a difficult track for us, historically," said Rossi, who is seeking more grip during acceleration.

"We always struggled here, but this time we arrive after some good races. For sure we will have to work hard this GP, but we hope to be more competitive than we have been in the past.”

"Vale is not the biggest fan of this circuit, but he has visited the podium three times, in his case in the premier class, and he‘s very motivated to get back onto the rostrum," added team manager Massimo Meregalli.

"We expect that this weekend will require hard work and we are very interested to see if the steps forward that we took in Misano will also work very well here.”

Rossi - sixth in the world championship and just five points behind team-mate Maverick Vinales - is expected to continue using the new carbon fibre swingarm and exhaust, which he raced with for the first time at Misano last weekend.

The weather is also looking uncertain, with the possibility of rain during the weekend.

 

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