MotoGP »

Pedrosa starts fastest at Aragon

Repsol Honda's Dani Pedrosa set the pace during the first MotoGP track session ever held at the Aragon circuit in Spain.

Pedrosa, now confirmed as staying at Honda for the next two years, will be seeking his fifth win of the season - and third in a row - on Sunday, and got his third home Spanish event of the season off to a strong start by finishing 0.411sec clear of the field.

Until the final seconds his advantage had been almost double that, but Ducati's Nicky Hayden suddenly launched up the order on his final lap of the 45-minute session, pushing world championship leader Jorge Lorenzo down to third for Fiat Yamaha.

Lorenzo's last lap then saw the seven time 2010 race winner get within 0.422sec of Pedrosa.

Fourth fastest was Hayden's team-mate Casey Stoner with Marco Simoncelli making an impressive start to be the top rookie and satellite rider, in fifth place for San Carlo Honda Gresini.

Simoncelli was just ahead of fellow Italian and reigning seven time MotoGP champion Valentino Rossi (+1.263sec from Pedrosa).

Aleix Espargaro christened the circuit with its first MotoGP crash after just three minutes when the Spaniard highsided from his Pramac Ducati.

Espargaro was unhurt and returned to the pits on the back of Fiat Yamaha team manager Wilco Zeelenberg's scooter - the Dutchman having been watching trackside at turn two.

That was only fall during the 45 minutes, although several riders unsurprisingly missed their braking points and took advantage of escape roads as they learned the circuit.

The fastest top speed was a 323.1km/h by Pedrosa. Honda and Ducati riders dominated the top half of the straight-line speed list, with the fastest Yamaha that of Tech 3's Colin Edwards who set a 315.9km/h for ninth.

In a change from the normal format, a second MotoGP practice session will be held this afternoon.

This weekend's practice and qualifying have all been reduced from one hour to 45 minutes to accommodate the extra Friday session.

Friday practice (1):

1. Pedrosa
2. Hayden
3. Lorenzo
4. Stoner
5. Simoncelli
6. Rossi
7. Barbera
8. Dovizioso
9. Edwards
10. Spies
11. Melandri
12. de Puniet
13. Espargaro
14. Bautista
15. Kallio
16. Aoyama

Related Pictures

Click on relevant pic to enlarge
Pedrosa, San Marino MotoGP 2010
Rossi, Qatar MotoGP 2017
Lorenzo, BAz, Qatar MotoGP 2017
Lorenzo, Baz, Qatar MotoGP 2017
Lorenzo, Baz, Qatar MotoGP 2017
Baz, Lorenzo, Qatar MotoGP 2017
Pedrosa, Espargaro, Qatar MotoGP 2017
Espargaro, Pedrosa, Qatar MotoGP 2017
Lorenzo, Qatar MotoGP 2017
Lorenzo, Qatar MotoGP 2017
Rossi, Marquez, Qatar MotoGP 2017
Vinales, Rossi, Qatar MotoGP 2017
Vinales, Marquez, Rossi, Qatar MotoGP 2017
Vinales, Marquez, Rossi, Qatar MotoGP 2017
Divizioso, Rossi, Vinales, Qatar MotoGP 2017
Divizioso, Rossi, Vinales, Qatar MotoGP 2017
Divizioso, Rossi, Vinales, Qatar MotoGP 2017
Rossi, Vinales, Qatar MotoGP 2017

Join the conversation - Add your comment

Please login or register before adding your comments.

Although the administrators and moderators of this website will attempt to keep all objectionable comments off these pages, it is impossible for us to review all messages. All messages express the views of the poster, and neither Crash Media Group nor Crash.Net will be held responsible for the content of any message. We do not vouch for or warrant the accuracy, completeness or usefulness of any message, and are not responsible for the contents of any message. If you find a message objectionable, please contact us and inform us of the problem or use the [report] function next to the offending post. Any message that does not conform with the policy of this service can be edited or removed with immediate effect.

© 1999 - 2017 Crash Media Group

The total or partial reproduction of text, photographs or illustrations is not permitted in any form.