Spies Leads Title Rivals On Friday At Aragon

1 Mins read

Ben Spies topped the timesheets in Friday Practice ahead of the Aragon Grand Prix on a day dominated by the weather. The American led title rivals Dani Pedrosa and Jorge Lorenzo but no time was spent on the dry tyres, presenting few clues as the competitiveness of the respective manufacturers in race trim.

With the track at the awkward stage where neither slick tyres nor wet tyres would provide sufficient grip, only nine riders bothered to complete a lap in the morning session. Grip levels hadn’t been helped by an oil spillage during the preceding Moto3 session which had already delayed proceedings for an hour. For the record, Nicky Hayden led a Ducati 1-2 from teammate Valentino Rossi with Aleix Espargaro third for Power Electronics Aspar.

The rain intensified for second practice but that enabled the riders to gain some useful mileage on the wet tyres. Stefan Bradl was the early leader of the session on his LCR Honda but Pedrosa and Lorenzo overhauled him at the halfway mark, only for Spies to usurp the lot of them with a 2:02.096, half a second quicker than his teammate.

Lorenzo responded with a 2:01.855 but Spies was finding time with every lap that passed, eventually getting down to a 2:00.219 to comfortably outpace his teammate. Pedrosa managed to slot into the half second gap between the Yamahas to grab second while Nicky Hayden and Andrea Dovizioso pushed Bradl back to sixth.

Cal Crutchlow was a quiet seventh on the second Tech 3 Yamaha with Valentino Rossi eighth overall. Karel Abraham took his satellite Ducati to ninth with Alvaro Bautista completing the top ten. For the second race running, Jonathan Rea was denied dry track time on the opening day and was eleventh in the wet while James Ellison finished fourteenth for Paul Bird Motorsports.

5101 posts

About author
MotoGP, Moto2, Moto3 and WorldSBK writer for The Checkered Flag. Contact: [email protected]
Related posts
Formula 1MotoGP

Ferrari Considered Giving Valentino Rossi a Full-time Drive with Sauber for 2007

2 Mins read
Ex-Ferrari president Luca di Montezemolo has opened up about the negotiations that went down between Ferrari and Valentino Rossi in the mid-2000s.

NBC to shut down NBCSN by end of 2021, motorsports like NASCAR and IndyCar among affected

5 Mins read
NBC plans to end NBCSN before the end of 2021. Motorsports like NASCAR, IndyCar, IMSA, and MotoGP, which have races on the network, will have to look for alternatives in the NBC family like USA Network.

Oliveira and Tech3 victorious in Styria

3 Mins read
Miguel Oliveira claimed his maiden win in the premier class and for Red Bull KTM Tech3 in a stop-start second AustrianGP.