2021 MotoGP Aragon Grand Prix Preview

This weekend is set to see MotoGP, Moto2 and Moto3 all return to action for the latest Grand Prix of the 2021 season.

In Moto3 Pedro Acosta goes to Aragon with a 46 point advantage over nearest rival Sergio Garcia. Acosta claimed his lowest classified finish of the season last time out in Silverstone, the Spaniard finishing eleventh. However it was still enough to increase the points gap over Garcia who finished just outside the points in sixteenth.

Completing the top three in the rider standings is Romano Fenati who converted pole position at Silverstone into a race victory, the Italian’s first of the 2021 season. He is 23 points behind Garcia and has a 14 point gap to fourth placed Dennis Foggia.

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In Moto2 Remy Gardner continues to lead the standings, 44 points ahead of teammate and nearest rival Raul Fernandez. This is after the latter retired from the race in Moto2 while Gardner went on to win.

Eight points behind Fernandez going into this weekend is third placed Marco Bezzecchi who finished second at the British Grand Prix, having started the race from pole position. The Italian has a 52 point advantage over fourth placed Sam Lowes who finished his home race in fourth. The Briton has a 35 point gap to Aron Canet and Augusto Fernandez who are fifth and sixth in the standings.

A quick note on John McPhee who having been competing in Moto3 will be making his debut in Moto2 this weekend. The Briton will be replacing Jake Dixon at Petronas Sprinta Racing. McPhee isn’t having the best of season’s in Moto3 in 2021 where his highest classified finish is fourth, which he achieved at the French Grand Prix.

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In MotoGP Fabio Quartararo continues to lead the rider standings, the Frenchman has a 65 point advantage over nearest challenger, and reigning champion, Joan Mir. This is after Quartararo claimed his fifth race victory of 2021 at Silverstone while Mir finished down in ninth.

Completing the top three in the championship is Johann Zarco who is four points behind Mir but has only a one point gap to fourth placed Francesco Bagnaia. Both Zarco and Bagnaia endured a difficult race at the British Grand Prix with the former being classified eleventh while Bagnaia was classified in fourteenth.

A quick note on Maverick Vinales who is set to make his debut for Aprilia this weekend. This is after the Spaniard had his contract with Yamaha terminated in the aftermath of the Austrian double header. Vinales has since gone on to test Aprilia’s RS-GP bike for two days at Misano before it was announced that he would be competing for the Italian manufacturer for the rest of the 2021 season on top of the 2022 season.

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Vinales will therefore replace Lorenzo Savadori, the Italian having been riding the second Aprilia bike this season, with a best finish of fourteenth achieved at the Portuguese Grand Prix. It means Vinales will ride alongside Aleix Espargaro, the two having been teammates at Suzuki in MotoGP from 2015 to 2016.

Lastly a quick note on Petronas Yamaha SRT where Franco Morbidelli is still recovering from injury. It will therefore see Jake Dixon make his second appearance in the premier class. The Briton having made his debut in MotoGP last time out at Silverstone where he was classified in nineteenth.

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