Motorland Aragon Replaces Balatonring in the 2010 MotoGP Calendar
“The FIM have today announced that the Grand Prix of Hungary, originally scheduled for September 19th, has been cancelled due to the fact that the construction work on the Balatonring circuit cannot be completed on time,” sounded the explanation issued by the MotoGP series, via a press release on their official website.
Since the Motorland Aragon venue has a reserve status for the 2010 season of the MotoGP, the Spaniards have been given the chance to host their first ever race in the premier motorcycle series of the FIM. The Spanish track will therefore open its gates for the MotoGP field on September 19th.
Consequently, this means Spain will have no less than 4 circuits to host GP races in the series this season, with Aragon joining Jerez, Valencia and Barcelona.
The Motorland Aragon circuit – its official designation is Ciudad del Motor de Aragon – is located near Alcañiz, Spain, and was designed by well-known F1 circuit designer Hermann Tilke (technical and sporting consultant of the project was none other than BMW Sauber F1 racer Pedro de la Rosa). The first international championship that debuted on the Spanish track was the World Series by Renault, in 2009.
During US F1's preparation stage for the 2010 F1 championship, the circuit was used as their European base.