Pedrosa Leads Honda 1-2-3 at Aragon

Dani Pedrosa’s late season revival looks set to continue after the Spaniard topped the timesheets in Friday practice ahead of the Aragon Grand Prix. Pedrosa led a Honda 1-2-3 this afternoon with the RC213V looking much more comfortable around the Motorland circuit as championship leader Marc Marquez took second behind his teammate.

Marquez had set the pace in the morning session but Pedrosa was impressive in the afternoon, matching Marc’s FP1 benchmark early on before improving by a further four tenths before the session was over. The field behind were closely matched though with Marquez just 0.065s adrift while Cal Crutchlow was also within a tenth of the outright pace after losing time to his factory counterparts in the final sector of his best lap.

Turn two proved problematic for a number of riders across the day with Eugene Laverty losing the front end of his Aspar Ducati in FP1. The same fate befell Aleix Espargaro in the afternoon session with the Suzuki rider producing a carbon copy of his brother Pol who had also tumbled at the right-hander. To complete a tricky day for Tech 3, Alex Lowes also crashed into the same gravel trap late on.

Behind the Honda trio, Valentino Rossi took fourth ahead of Pol Espargaro while Maverick Vinales completed the top six for Suzuki. Jorge Lorenzo needed a last-gasp flyer to haul him up to seventh while a trio of Ducatis rounded out the top ten in the shape of Hector Barbera, Danilo Petrucci and Andrea Dovizioso.

Andrea Iannone won’t have a chance to join them in the fight for Q2 though as the injuries sustained at Misano forced him to withdraw, handing his machine over to Michele Pirro.


2016 Gran Premio Movistar de Aragon (Free Practice Classification)

PosRiderConstructorTeamBest Time
126. Dani PEDROSAHondaRepsol Honda Team1:48.429
293. Marc MARQUEZHondaRepsol Honda Team1:48.494
335. Cal CRUTCHLOWHondaLCR Honda1:48.510
446. Valentino ROSSIYamahaMovistar Yamaha MotoGP1:48.669
544. Pol ESPARGAROYamahaMonster Yamaha Tech 31:48.749
625. Maverick VINALESSuzukiTeam SUZUKI ECSTAR1:48.886
799. Jorge LORENZOYamahaMovistar Yamaha MotoGP1:48.914
88. Hector BARBERADucatiAvintia Racing1:48.970
99. Danilo PETRUCCIDucatiOcto Pramac Yakhnich1:49.065
104. Andrea DOVIZIOSODucatiDucati Team1:49.128
1141. Aleix ESPARGAROSuzukiTeam SUZUKI ECSTAR1:49.177
1268. Yonny HERNANDEZDucatiPull & Bear Aspar Ducati Team1:49.243
136. Stefan BRADLApriliaAprilia Racing Team Gresini1:49.298
1419. Alvaro BAUTISTAApriliaAprilia Racing Team Gresini1:49.301
1551. Michele PIRRODucatiDucati Team1:49.678
1645. Scott REDDINGDucatiOcto Pramac Yakhnich1:49.680
1750. Eugene LAVERTYDucatiPull & Bear Aspar Ducati Team1:50.113
1853. Tito RABATHondaEG 0,0 Marc VDS1:50.649
1976. Loris BAZDucatiAvintia Racing1:50.940
2022. Alex LOWESYamahaMonster Yamaha Tech 31:50.988
2169. Nicky HAYDENHondaEG 0,0 Marc VDS1:50.992