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)
|1||26. Dani PEDROSA||Honda||Repsol Honda Team||1:48.429|
|2||93. Marc MARQUEZ||Honda||Repsol Honda Team||1:48.494|
|3||35. Cal CRUTCHLOW||Honda||LCR Honda||1:48.510|
|4||46. Valentino ROSSI||Yamaha||Movistar Yamaha MotoGP||1:48.669|
|5||44. Pol ESPARGARO||Yamaha||Monster Yamaha Tech 3||1:48.749|
|6||25. Maverick VINALES||Suzuki||Team SUZUKI ECSTAR||1:48.886|
|7||99. Jorge LORENZO||Yamaha||Movistar Yamaha MotoGP||1:48.914|
|8||8. Hector BARBERA||Ducati||Avintia Racing||1:48.970|
|9||9. Danilo PETRUCCI||Ducati||Octo Pramac Yakhnich||1:49.065|
|10||4. Andrea DOVIZIOSO||Ducati||Ducati Team||1:49.128|
|11||41. Aleix ESPARGARO||Suzuki||Team SUZUKI ECSTAR||1:49.177|
|12||68. Yonny HERNANDEZ||Ducati||Pull & Bear Aspar Ducati Team||1:49.243|
|13||6. Stefan BRADL||Aprilia||Aprilia Racing Team Gresini||1:49.298|
|14||19. Alvaro BAUTISTA||Aprilia||Aprilia Racing Team Gresini||1:49.301|
|15||51. Michele PIRRO||Ducati||Ducati Team||1:49.678|
|16||45. Scott REDDING||Ducati||Octo Pramac Yakhnich||1:49.680|
|17||50. Eugene LAVERTY||Ducati||Pull & Bear Aspar Ducati Team||1:50.113|
|18||53. Tito RABAT||Honda||EG 0,0 Marc VDS||1:50.649|
|19||76. Loris BAZ||Ducati||Avintia Racing||1:50.940|
|20||22. Alex LOWES||Yamaha||Monster Yamaha Tech 3||1:50.988|
|21||69. Nicky HAYDEN||Honda||EG 0,0 Marc VDS||1:50.992|