Call him a superhero or god in the sport of MotoGP, Valentino Rossi is back for the Aragon MotoGP race just after breaking his leg in a training accident. You have to be some kind of crazy and one incredible athlete to be able to recoup the way he has in such a short time span. Not even one month! “This afternoon Valentino Rossi successfully completed a mandatory medical examination carried out by MotorLand Aragón’s Chief Medical Officer, Clemente Millan. He declared that the nine-time World Champion is fit to ride, 21 days after sustaining a leg injury. The Italian will take part in the FP1 session tomorrow.” In this sport, you have to push the limits when a World Championship is potentially up for grabs. The battle is on not only for Rossi, also his fellow rivals, whom are trying to stay ahead in order to win the bragging rights of 2017 World Champion in the premier class of MotoGP. The pressure is really starting to mount up as we only have Aragon, Motegi, Phillip Island, Malaysia and Valencia left to complete.

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In terms of contractual news, Xavier Simeon from Belgium and a current Moto2 rider will take the final seat at Reale Avintia Racing MotoGP team alongside Tito Rabat. This means that the team starts fresh with two new riders who have not been on board their bikes. As a result, Hector Barbera is going back to Moto2 with Pons HP next season and his teammate is going to be Lorenzo Baldasarri. It is a rapid change though we are guaranteed to see exciting battles with so many dynamic personalities within the sport.

Marc Marquez feels as though after Aragon the Championship will become much more clearer though of course physically and mentally challenging. Before that arrives, we have Aragon weather throwing in ingredients for a battle to the top spot. Hot, warm, cold and wet! It has bucketed down rain droplets and even the Doctor has been pumping in some classic laps and at one stage was almost in the top ten. It is one of the most impressive displays of passion and courage. A true honour to watch him ride. He ended P18 in FP1 and was ahead of teammate Maverick Vinales. It is always interesting to observe the riders body language as the conditions change and when they watch the time sheets. Small movements can speak very loudly. With that said, we are looking forward to an epic Aragon Grand Prix as Ducati, Yamaha and Honda go head to head. What we do know is that Jorge Lorenzo really wants to win a race before the season finishes and he is on form to do so. The engine mapping changes and lessons learned from the last race are crucial in order for him to be successful in that quest.

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Andrea Dovizioso: “MotorLand Aragón is a really nice but rather unusual track, completely different from Misano where I stepped onto the podium for the first time in my GP career two weeks ago. Now we know we are competitive on all tracks, and both me and my team are really excited about the last five races, so Ill be aiming for a podium again this weekend.” In contrast, Jorge Lorenzo: “Now we come to Aragón, one of the circuits where I feel most at home and where I have good memories, and so I hope to capitalize on the fact that I am racing at home to score a good result. It will be important to be quick right from the off on Friday.”


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A strong mind is very crucial in order to be able to keep on the ball in the MotoGP class and also to keep your job. Bradley Smith is definitely feeling the pressure as his ride at KTM is appearing to be up for grabs after Mika Kallio puts on a strong display in front of his bosses. This is the complete opposite for Tech3 riders Johann Zarco and Jonas Folger who are riding very well. Throwing around the motorcycle at Aragon is going to force the riders to stay on top of their mental conditioning because crashing and burning can happen in more ways than one. As we move closer to race day, we know that the chapters to the final winning story could chop and change right up until the last lap! Time to go racing.

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Myanna Wedes

Myanna has an incredible grasp and knowledge of the sport in detail and continues to secure lead stories every week. She is in constant contact with team and rider media management. She is an admitted lawyer with two degrees and is currently writing a biography on Alan Jones MBE 1980 F1 World Champion. She is a fond lover of two wheel motorsport, predominantly MotoGP, Moto2 and Moto3.