Morbidelli ready to bounce back in Aragon as Márquez returns to action
Team Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS rider Franco Morbidelli heads to this weekend's Grand Prix of Aragon determined to reassert his authority on the Moto2 World Championship.
Morbidelli, who has led the championship since the opening round in Qatar, saw his advantage over second placed Tom Lüthi cut to just nine points after he crashed out while leading in the wet at his home race in Misano two weeks ago.
But Morbidelli heads into the Aragon weekend confident he has the package he needs to extend his lead at the top of the standings once again, after completing a productive test at Valencia earlier this week.
But it's not just championship rival Lüthi that the Italian will need to keep a close eye on this weekend in Aragon. Morbidelli's Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS teammate, Álex Márquez, returns to action after sitting out the last race with an injury sustained in a crash during the opening free practice session in Misano.
Márquez will also have the support of his home fans this weekend in Aragon, where he secured his first intermediate class podium with second place in last year's race. The partisan Spanish crowd will certainly be keen to see the former Moto3 World Champion continue his domination in Spain, having won in both Jerez and Catalunya already this season.
And while Márquez is still not fully recovered from the hip injury sustained in Misano, he is confident that his physical condition will not be an issue this weekend.
“We enjoyed a successful test in Valencia, where we were able to try some changes on the bike as we worked to fine tune the set up for the next races. My feeling with the bike was good and now we will see if that translates to Aragon. The Aragon track is one I like and one at which I've been fast in the past and I hope that I will be fast again this year too. What is important is to end the weekend with a good result, after missing out on points last time out in Misano.”
“Aragon is my third race at home in Spain this season and, of course, it would be nice to repeat the wins in Jerez and Barcelona this weekend, but we also need to be realistic. I head to Aragon after the crash in Misano and while my physical condition is good, I am still not fully recovered from the injury. I still have a few days yet to continue training and I hope that by the time we take to the track on Friday my physical condition will have improved further. We will see how it goes, but I go into the last race before we head overseas fully motivated and I'm confident that we can do a good job this weekend in Aragon.”