MotoGP Aragon: Moto3 race preview

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GasGas Aspar’s Izan Guevara heads to Motorland Aragon as Moto3 championship leader and hoping to extend his advantage.

Misano saw the next twist in the Moto3 tale with former points leader Sergio Garcia crashing out, Autosolar teammate Guevara taking over on top with another podium and Leopard’s Dennis Foggia back to winning ways - ahead of fellow championship chaser Jaume Masia (Red Bull KTM Ajo), no less. There was also some drama for Austria winner Ayumu Sasaki (Sterilgarda Husqvarna Max), so as the dust settles Motorland has chance to serve up another storm.

The bad news for Guevara’s rivals is that the championship leader has some good form in Aragon, winning no less than three times from P22 on the grid in what is now JuniorGP. Last year he also took his equal best result at the time in P4. However, Foggia won then, Masia has two victories at the venue and Sasaki some podiums. Garcia, on the other hand, will be wanting to flip his form at Motorland.

Tech3’s Deniz Öncü also has podium form at Motorland and is on a roll of top four finishes, as well as still being the only rider to score every weekend. Leopard’s Tatsuki Suzuki has been quick, too, and Aragon is also more familiar turf for the fast field of rookies as they aim to get back in the fight at the front.

There’s also a historic first this weekend in Moto3 as Maria Herrera returns to wildcard in an all-female team, which means all female from rider to crew chief to mechanics. She’ll be heading in looking to switch from MotoE and Supersport experience back to where she first made her biggest mark, and at the track where she won in what was then known as the CEV and is now JuniorGP.

11 points split Guevara from Garcia on the way in, and Foggia is now just 35 off the top. What will Motorland bring? We’ll find out from Friday as practice begins for the Gran Premio Animoca Brands de Aragon!