Preview: WSBK Aragon

World Superbikes heads for the hills of Aragon in Spain this coming weekend but not the circuit as we know it. A slight change to the track layout means the paddock will get its first look at a different circuit to the track that joined the Championship on a yearly basis in 2011.

Kawasaki’s Jonathan Rea enters round three as the Championship leader and certainly the man to beat having won three out of the opening four races of the season, and after grabbing just the third double of his career in Thailand last time out, he will once again be the man with the target on his back this weekend.

Motorland Aragon poses a whole new challenge for the World Superbike paddock and for the Ulsterman in particular, having never won around the Spanish circuit he will be keen to break his duck when he swings his leg over his ZX-10R come Sunday.

Rea will once again have to be on top form to hold off a chasing pack led by fellow Brit and Aprillia rider Leon Haslam but with the likes of team-mate Tom Sykes and Suzuki’s Alex Lowes buoyed by positive performances in Thailand both men will be aiming even higher after picking up their first podiums of the season.

There will also be a strong Spanish contingent looking to claim a home victory with the likes of Althea Ducati’s Nico Terrol who is a former Grand Prix winner at Aragon, and of course the man they call the ‘Spanish Elvis’ Jordi Torres who has Moto2 experience at the Aragon circuit will also be in the hunt to upset the odds this weekend.

Reigning world champion Sylvain Guintoli will also be looking to improve this weekend after steady progress with the Pata Honda bike and also with his fitness after a big pre-season crash at Philip Island.

Guintoli, who wears the number one plate with great pride, will be hoping to challenge the front runners in Spain to ensure his title as World Superbike Champion isn’t relinquished easily.

With just 10 points separating Jonathan Rea and Leon Haslam at the top standings, combined with an ever improving chasing pack, this weekend’s action at Aragon is all set up to produce some high quality World Superbike action which isn’t to be missed.

Joe Urquhart

Twitter: @JoeUrq24