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Aragon WorldSBK #2: Ten top race weekend facts

WorldSBK heads back to Aragon venue for the second weekend of the back-to-back rounds and here are ten top race weekend facts for your viewing pleasure:

1. Chaz Davies has accumulated 173 starts with Ducati. At 176 he will equal the absolute record for the Italian manufacturer held by Lucio Pedercini, who set it in the 2006 Phillip Island weekend.

2. After the first Aragon weekend, Honda and Kawasaki are separated only by one podium: 337 for Honda, 336 for Kawasaki. Honda holds the second all-time spot behind Ducati (623).


3. Michael van Der Mark will hit 150 race starts in the first Race in the second Aragon weekend, equalling World Champion Carlos Checa in 31st in the all-time record.

4. At Portimao, Jonathan Rea set a new benchmark as he became the first rider with 20 podiums on any given track. His nearest competitor is Troy Corser with 16 in Misano. Thanks to the double Aragon weekend, he can up his impressive tally on the Spanish track as he already climbed on the podium 15 times at MotorLand Aragon, the last 14 straight from 2015 onwards.

5. In five of the last six races run, Rea recorded five Grand Slams winning from pole, with five fastest race laps and leading from start to finish. His only minor slip was the first Aragon Race, when he started from pole, but was third behind the Ducatis and recorded the second fastest race lap.

6. Rea led all 40 scheduled laps and won all four Superpole Races this year; counting also 2019, his streak extends to six as he did the same also in San Juan and Losail.

7. A total of 80 races have been run on Spanish soil so far. Aragon, with 22 up to now, will become the Spanish track with the highest number of WorldSBK races, surpassing Valencia (22).

8. The last 16 races run at MotorLand Aragon were won by only two manufacturers: Ducati (9 times) and Kawasaki (7). The run started in 2014: before that year, they hadn’t posted a single win in Aragon; now, they are the two most successful manufacturers at MotorLand Aragon.

9. Jonathan Rea climbed on the podium in all 14 races run for Kawasaki in Aragon.

10. Only Chaz Davies has been able to win starting outside the top five at Aragon and made it twice: Race 2 in 2017 from 10th on the grid, and in 2018 in Race 2 from 8th.

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