After the first two rounds in Australia and Thailand, Team Aprilia Racing – Red Devils arrive for the first European round as one for the form teams after collecting a win and three second place finishes with Leon Haslam in the first four races.
The English rider, now lying second in the overall standings, has struggled at the fast and spectacular Aragon track but his confident that together with team-mate Jordi Torres, the team will be challenging for the top spots.
Haslam said: “It has been a rather long break and now I can’t wait to get back onto the track. Aragon is a circuit where I have personally struggled in the past, but at the same time the Aprilia has always been fast here and this year we’ll be using the GP track which seems to be better. So I hope I can improve on my personal statistics!”
After just missing the podium in the Thai races, Jordi Torres wants to take advantage of his “home” round to continue improving. As a WSBK rookie, the Spaniard took the first two rounds to familiarise himself with a bike that is brand new for him, and feels that the Motorland de Aragon track, one that he knows well, could be the ideal place to ride his RSV4 RF to a podium finish.
He said: “I’m happy to be racing my first European round at home, in front of my Spanish fans. I know the Aragon circuit well, but I’ll have to be clever enough to figure out how a Superbike should be ridden at Motorland, adapting my points of reference quickly. This is a very important round because the characteristics of the track may let me take another step forward in terms of riding style. There are some tight turns, other wider ones and direction changes, plus the track is long and very complex. I think that working well on this track will be an advantage for the rest of the season. We have already made good progress, but this weekend will be a sort of final exam for me and my riding style.”