Motorland Aragon in Spain provides the venue for the third round of the 2015 FIM Superbike World Championship with Team Hero EBR riders Larry Pegram and Niccolò Canepa looking to get firmly on the score sheet in each race as the series makes its first visit of the year to a circuit in Europe.
The first two rounds, in Australia and Thailand, proved challenging at times but America’s Pegram scored early points in his first full WSB season. Italian rider Canepa, having been strong in winter testing on the EBR 1190 RX, has already demonstrated he has real pace.
Each Hero EBR rider has vastly different experiences of the 5.077km Motorland track located in the north of Spain, with Canepa almost a veteran of the hillside circuit, and in more than one class of racing. Pegram will set his very first laps of Motorland during first practice on Friday 10th April.
For 2015 the FIM Superbike class will utilise the same circuit design as that used in previous seasons by the MotoGP riders, meaning the removal of the previous tight hairpin and final chicane and the adoption of a long radius double left hand curve. The result is a circuit length 267 metres shorter than the previous WSB version, which means new WSB lap records will be set this weekend no matter what the conditions.
The largely American Hero EBR team is based in Bergamo in Italy during the regular season and the technical staff have been able to continue the ceaseless task of development and preparation since they returned from the two long haul races that comprised the start of the 2015 season.
“I am happy to be racing in Europe as it should be much easier for the team than the fly-away races we have had so far. For me, personally, this is a track I have never been to I will need to get up to speed quickly. I will also happy to see how Nick will do on a familiar track. Overall we have learned a lot from the first two races and we have had time to put that to good use for the rest of the season.”
“I have been working hard at the gym and I am training like normal so I am OK on the physical side. I cannot wait to ride at Aragon now. The bike will be fine for Motorland. I think Aragon is better track than Thailand for us so we can do a bit better there. Then we will go to Assen, which is a track I love. In fact, the next three races – Aragon, Assen and Imola – will be very important for the team, for me, for everybody. We now race with a different final corner at Motorland but I already know this layout from when I tested MotoGP and Moto2 bikes there in the past. I like the faster final corner we have now so that is better for me for sure.”