The Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team is on its way to Spain’s MotorLand Aragón for round three of the 2017 FIM Superbike World Championship. Nicky Hayden and Stefan Bradl are looking forward to reuniting with the team and returning to action on board their Honda CBR1000RR Fireblade SP2 machines, in what is the first European event of the season. The race weekend action will be followed by a one-day official test at the same track on Monday.

Located in the picturesque province of Teruel, which forms the southern part of Aragon’s autonomous community, the track made its debut on the WorldSBK calendar in 2011, one year after hosting its maiden MotoGP event. Both Hayden and Bradl have therefore a wealth of experience at the spectacular 5.077km (3.15 mile) racetrack, which is known for being one of the most complete and challenging venues in the international motorcycle racing scene – as well as a riders’ favourite.

The on-track action will kick start on Friday morning at 9:45am local time (GMT +2) for the first hour of free practice, while the two 18-lap World Superbike races will get underway at 1pm on Saturday and Sunday.

Private: Nicky Hayden

Nicky Hayden 69

We’re back to Europe now and it’s time to race at Aragon, which is a great track: it’s a mix of everything, but probably the most technical challenge is represented by the blind entry of some corners and especially the ‘Corkscrew’, for which it is crucial to get the braking markers right. For the rest, I’d say it’s a circuit where tyre wear is a bit more critical in comparison to other venues. It obviously hasn’t been the best start of the season for us and the bike have arrived to Aragon straight from Thailand, so the team did not have a real chance to work on it during the break. We don’t expect an easy weekend but we’ll do our best to take advantage of the strengths of the bike and work hard together, trying to improve our performance from the first two rounds.

Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team
Private: Stefan Bradl

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The Aragon round is a very important one for me, because it’s the first European event of the season and I am looking forward to racing on a track that I really like a lot. I think we can improve on the results of the first two rounds because I think it’s a circuit that better suits the package we have at the moment. I really hope we can make a step forward and get closer to the front of the field, in order to challenge for some good results there. The Monday test makes this event even more important for us, in order to keep moving in the right direction for the central part of the season.

Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team
Pieter Breddels

Pieter Breddels

Round three of the season is around the corner and we’re happy finally to race on European soil after the two flyaway events of the year, which haven’t given us the results we were looking for. We have a clearer path of development for the new Fireblade which will start with Monday’s official test, but now it’s time to concentrate on the actual racing weekend at Aragon in order to make the best possible results there. It will be a very busy weekend and there’ll be a lot of work to do, but we’re ready for it and looking forward for the on-track action to resume.

Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team
Spanish Round

MotorLand Aragón, Spain

WorldSBK 2017, Round 3

Rider Standings
Sunday, 12 Mar 2017 - Open world standings grid
# Rider Num Nationality Nat. Points Pts. Team Constructor Constr.
1 Jonathan REA 65 GBR 100 Kawasaki Racing Team Kawasaki
2 Chaz DAVIES 7 GBR 70 Racing Ducati
3 Tom SYKES 66 GBR 62 Kawasaki Racing Team Kawasaki
4 Alex LOWES 22 GBR 49 Pata Yamaha Yamaha
5 Marco MELANDRI 33 ITA 45 Racing Ducati
6 Xavi FORES 12 SPA 34 BARNI Racing Team Ducati
7 Jordi TORRES 81 SPA 29 Althea BMW Racing Team BMW
8 Michael VAN DER MARK 60 NDL 27 Pata Yamaha Yamaha
9 Leon CAMIER 2 GBR 27 MV Agusta Reparto Corse MV Agusta
10 Nicky HAYDEN 69 USA 21 Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team Honda
11 Eugene LAVERTY 50 GBR 15 Milwaukee Aprilia Aprilia
13 Román RAMOS 40 SPA 13 Team Go Eleven Kawasaki
14 Alex DE ANGELIS 15 RSM 12 Pedercini Racing SC-Project Kawasaki
15 Lorenzo SAVADORI 32 ITA 10 Milwaukee Aprilia Aprilia
16 Randy KRUMMENACHER 15 SWI 10 Puccetti Racing Kawasaki
17 Stefan BRADL 6 GER 8 Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team Honda
18 Riccardo RUSSO 84 ITA 4 Guandalini Racing Yamaha
19 Joshua BROOKES 25 AUS 4 Yamaha
20 Ondrej JEZEK 37 CZE 3 Grillini Racing Team Kawasaki
21 Ayrton BADOVINI 86 ITA 2 Grillini Racing Team Kawasaki