Friday afternoon's practice sessions for the MotoGP and Moto2 classes were cancelled after a power failure at the Motorland Aragon circuit. The issue had already caused a 15 minute delay to the second 125cc session but before the MotoGP had a chance to fire up their machines, the problem returned.
Shortly before 16:00 local time, normal serviced seemed to have been resumed and the second MotoGP session was scheduled to get underway at 16:20 with Moto2 at 17:15 but shortly after that announcement was made, the power faltered again, forcing the organisers to cancel running for the day.
As it turned out, the issue was caused by the failure of one of the power transformers at the track, leading to a substantial blackout at the venue. The shortage of electricity meant the organisers were unable to guarantee the safety standards required of the circuit. Work is therefore being carried out in order to solve the issue and ensure that the Grand Prix can resume as normal tomorrow.
With only one session possible, Dani Pedrosa will end the day on top of the timesheets after clocking a 1:50.281 this morning. Meanwhile, Marc Marquez led the way in FP1 for the intermediate class, narrowly edging out Aleix Espargaro.
To make up the time lost today, MotoGP and Moto2 will have an extra 30 minutes running on Saturday morning. In order to start qualifying on time, the final 125cc practice session will start half an hour early than planned. The full schedule for tomorrow can be found below.
Revised Saturday Timetable (UK time):
125cc FP3: 7:45am – 8:25am
MotoGP FP2: 8:35am – 9:50am
Moto2 FP2: 10:00am – 11:15am
125cc Qualifying: 12:00pm – 12:40pm
MotoGP Qualifying: 12:55pm – 1:55pm
Moto2 Qualifying: 2:10pm – 2:55pm