Lorenzo Leads Yamaha 1-2-3 on Friday at Aragon

Jorge Lorenzo showed every sign that the disappointment of Misano is behind him by dominating the opening day of practice at the Aragon Grand Prix. The Spaniard crashed out of the San Marino GP, falling 23 points behind title rival Valentino Rossi, but Jorge was at his imperious best this afternoon to outpace his teammate by seven tenths of a second.

In a low key morning session, Lorenzo was the best part of half a second clear of Marc Marquez but the afternoon looked set to be much more competitive when Dani Pedrosa claimed top spot from the Yamaha man at the fifteen minute mark. Lorenzo was sitting calmly in the pits at this point having bailed out of a lap which would have taken him further clear but on his return to the race track, he quickly reasserted himself with a 1:48.307.

Rossi was languishing back in fifth at this point but a switch to the medium rear tyre saw him leap up the order, clocking a 1:48.200 with six minutes to go, but his bubble was soon burst when Lorenzo fitted the softer rear tyre. Setting the quickest time in all four sectors, Jorge opened up an extraordinary advantage of 0.683s over Rossi while Bradley Smith used a medium rear tyre to take third, completing a Yamaha 1-2-3.

Having stayed on the hard rear tyre throughout, Pedrosa and Marquez fell to fourth and fifth respectively with the Espargaro brothers right behind them, Pol pipping Aleix to sixth. A quartet of Ducatis followed with Andrea Dovizioso, Andrea Iannone and Danilo Petrucci just inside the top ten while Yonny Hernandez heads into final practice just outside of Q2.

British pair Scott Redding and Cal Crutchlow are also under pressure tomorrow morning after ending the day 12th and 13th respectively.



PosRiderConstructorTeamBest Time
199. Jorge LorenzoYamahaMovistar Yamaha MotoGP1:47.517
246. Valentino RossiYamahaMovistar Yamaha MotoGP1:48.200
338. Bradley SmithYamahaMonster Yamaha Tech 31:48.318
426. Dani PedrosaHondaRepsol Honda Team1:48.358
593. Marc MarquezHondaRepsol Honda Team1:48.401
644. Pol EspargaroYamahaMonster Yamaha Tech 31:48.445
741. Aleix EspargaroSuzukiTeam SUZUKI ECSTAR1:48.524
84. Andrea DoviziosoDucatiDucati Team1:48.575
929. Andrea IannoneDucatiDucati Team1:48.615
109. Danilo PetrucciDucatiOcto Pramac Racing1:48.829
1168. Yonny HernandezDucatiOcto Pramac Racing1:48.955
1245. Scott ReddingHondaEstrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS1:49.007
1335. Cal CrutchlowHondaLCR Honda1:49.064
148. Hector BarberaDucatiAvintia Racing1:49.225
1519. Alvaro BautistaApriliaAprilia Racing Team Gresini1:49.576
1625. Maverick VinalesSuzukiTeam SUZUKI ECSTAR1:49.680
1776. Loris BazYamaha ForwardForward Racing1:49.700
1850. Eugene LavertyHondaAspar MotoGP Team1:49.769
196. Stefan BradlApriliaAprilia Racing Team Gresini1:49.980
2063. Mike Di MeglioDucatiAvintia Racing1:50.039
2143. Jack MillerHondaLCR Honda1:50.157
2269. Nicky HaydenHondaAspar MotoGP Team1:50.462
2315. Alex de AngelisARTE-Motion IodaRacing Team1:50.719
2424. Toni EliasYamaha ForwardForward Racing1:51.162
2517. Karel AbrahamHondaAB Motoracing1:51.496