PETRONAS Yamaha Sepang Racing Team’s Valentino Rossi will once again be joined by Jake Dixon - stand in for the recovering Franco Morbidelli - this weekend, as the pair head to MotorLand Aragon for the 13th round of the year: the AragonGP.
This will be Rossi’s first GP at the Aragon circuit since 2019, after he was forced to miss both the AragonGP and TeruelGP last year due to a positive Covid test. The Spanish track is one of the few where the Italian has not claimed a race win, but he has been on the podium three times since the circuit hosted its first race in 2010. Valentino will be hoping to continue his progress and make a return to the top-ten when the chequered flag is waved on Sunday.
This weekend will see Jake Dixon back out on track on the Yamaha YZR-M1, as he continues to deputise for Franco Morbidelli. After experiencing his premier class debut at his home GP last time out, the Brit will be aiming to continue making progress at the track that saw him claim his best Moto2 result to date. Having ended the 2020 edition in fourth, Jake will be hoping that he can transfer some of this experience to when he rides the MotoGP bike again in a few days’ time.
FP1 will get underway for Rossi and Dixon at 9.55am local time (3.55pm MYT) Friday, while Sunday’s 23-lap MotoGP race will bring the AragonGP to its conclusion at 2pm local time (8pm MYT).