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.
2015 GRAN PREMIO MOVISTAR DE ARAGON: FRIDAY PRACTICE CLASSIFICATION
|1||99. Jorge Lorenzo||Yamaha||Movistar Yamaha MotoGP||1:47.517|
|2||46. Valentino Rossi||Yamaha||Movistar Yamaha MotoGP||1:48.200|
|3||38. Bradley Smith||Yamaha||Monster Yamaha Tech 3||1:48.318|
|4||26. Dani Pedrosa||Honda||Repsol Honda Team||1:48.358|
|5||93. Marc Marquez||Honda||Repsol Honda Team||1:48.401|
|6||44. Pol Espargaro||Yamaha||Monster Yamaha Tech 3||1:48.445|
|7||41. Aleix Espargaro||Suzuki||Team SUZUKI ECSTAR||1:48.524|
|8||4. Andrea Dovizioso||Ducati||Ducati Team||1:48.575|
|9||29. Andrea Iannone||Ducati||Ducati Team||1:48.615|
|10||9. Danilo Petrucci||Ducati||Octo Pramac Racing||1:48.829|
|11||68. Yonny Hernandez||Ducati||Octo Pramac Racing||1:48.955|
|12||45. Scott Redding||Honda||Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS||1:49.007|
|13||35. Cal Crutchlow||Honda||LCR Honda||1:49.064|
|14||8. Hector Barbera||Ducati||Avintia Racing||1:49.225|
|15||19. Alvaro Bautista||Aprilia||Aprilia Racing Team Gresini||1:49.576|
|16||25. Maverick Vinales||Suzuki||Team SUZUKI ECSTAR||1:49.680|
|17||76. Loris Baz||Yamaha Forward||Forward Racing||1:49.700|
|18||50. Eugene Laverty||Honda||Aspar MotoGP Team||1:49.769|
|19||6. Stefan Bradl||Aprilia||Aprilia Racing Team Gresini||1:49.980|
|20||63. Mike Di Meglio||Ducati||Avintia Racing||1:50.039|
|21||43. Jack Miller||Honda||LCR Honda||1:50.157|
|22||69. Nicky Hayden||Honda||Aspar MotoGP Team||1:50.462|
|23||15. Alex de Angelis||ART||E-Motion IodaRacing Team||1:50.719|
|24||24. Toni Elias||Yamaha Forward||Forward Racing||1:51.162|
|25||17. Karel Abraham||Honda||AB Motoracing||1:51.496|