Aragon GP, 15th stage After a week of hiatus, MotoGP is back on track at Aragon Motorland, with Bagnaia (Ducati) ‘Pecco’ last year claiming his first career win, beating Marc Marquez (Honda), who will return to racing on Sunday after a long injury hiatus. And do you know how Marquez will regain his speed and drive him on the right track? Simple, take a look at this valuable review written by Brembo, the Italian company that supplies braking systems for 12 motorcycle teams And a lot of MotoGP network. Below you’ll find the Spanish circuit’s ID card, data on all major braking sections, and a video focusing on the toughest braking on the track. Enjoy reading!
Secrets of the Aragon Path
Already the scene of the inaugural round of the World Superbike Championship, MotorLand Aragon is hosting the last European MotoGP event before the intercontinental journey and return to the Old Continent for the final round. According to Brembo technicians who work closely with 100 percent of the MotoGP World Championship riders, the Spanish track falls into the category of loops that require medium braking. On a scale of 1 to 6, it deserves a difficulty index of 4, lower among the Iberian tracks only to 5 than the Circuit de Barcelona – Catalunya. MotoGP bikes take a few seconds less per lap than Superbikes, thanks to the higher speed peaks. For both, the first part of the track, full of curves, isn’t disc-cooled, steel for superbikes, and carbon for MotoGP bikes.
- braking class: Medium (4 SO 6)
- Braking time: 33%
- circle length 5.077 meters
- number of turns: 23
- braking number: 11
- The three most challenging curves: Curve 16, Curve 1 and Curve 12
Two weeks ago in Misano the fourth season of the FIM Moto World Cup ended, the last season that saw the launch of 18 Ego Corsa for Energica Motor Company. All of these bikes used Brembo brake system, starting with 336mm diameter and 7.1mm thick steel T-Drive discs. Made in Brembo is also the 4-piston monobloc machined steel front caliper Diagonal titanium variant, plus Z04 platforms and a solid-material radial pump 19 mm diameter and 18 mm wheelbase. All of these components relate to MotoE more to the World Superbike than they do to MotoGP.
Those who go to the track with their super sports cars know that before even looking for more power and torque, you need to upgrade the braking system. The reason is obvious: Even the most high-performance production systems have large margins for improvement thanks to Brembo’s Upgrade Racing line of products. When running on the track, heavy weight is an obstacle as it increases lap times. For this reason, more and more enthusiasts are preferring low-brake-band discs, including the PISTABASSA, a lower-braking-band disc that is as such lighter than a conventional disc-brake.
Compared to the Superbike whose riders use the brakes on 10 corners of the MotorLand Aragon, MotoGP uses them on 11 occasions: the difference is turning 4, where the prototypes reach a higher speed and therefore have to brake to lose 37 km/h. Also thanks to this, MotoGP bikes use the brakes for 35 seconds per lap, 5 more than Superbikes.. The load gap on the brake lever is wider: 42 and a half kg per lap for the MotoGP, and 35 kg for the superbike. 6.1 kg from the first corner is decisive, and it also has a braking distance of 222 metres. On the other hand, the 4.8 seconds of braking at Turn 12 during which the MotoGP bikes cut 213 meters is impressive.
Of the 11 brake divisions on MotorLand Aragon, 2 are rated as requiring brakes, 7 of them are medium-hard, while the remaining 2 have a slight impact on the braking systems. The most complicated braking is the braking in the last corner: MotoGP bikes lose 191 km/h from 336 km/h to 145 km/h in 4.7 seconds During which they advanced for a distance of 273 metres. Riders experience 1.5g of deceleration while brake fluid pressure is up to 12.3bar, thanks to the 5.7kg winch load.
On the cover, a video of the most demanding braking on the track