Ducati riders Nicky Hayden and Casey Stoner were competitive in both dry and wet conditions around the new Aragon circuit in Spain, which hosts its first MotoGP event this weekend.

Hayden was second fastest to Repsol Honda's Dani Pedrosa in the dry morning session, when Stoner was fourth. The Australian then led the field in the wet 45-minute afternoon outing, while Hayden claimed third position.

"I think they've built a track they can be proud of. It's a nice facility, the layout is good and safe. There are some fun sections with blind entries, some fast corners and some slow ones... it's a nice mix," said Hayden of the new circuit.

"This morning we were second in the dry and then in the afternoon we were third in the wet so it's been a good day. Casey looks strong too so it's good for the team and everybody back at the factory, who are working hard to give us the opportunity to be competitive over the last six races. Hopefully we can pick up the kind of results that they deserve."

Stoner wasn't as impressed as his team-mate with the track, which many have compared with the former Turkish MotoGP venue Istanbul Park, but was happy with his set-up in both types of weather conditions.

"In the dry session this morning we were more or less happy with the setting," said Stoner of his day. "We had a little problem with the balance of the rear wheel that caused some chattering towards the end of the session otherwise I think we could have been a bit faster. Anyway, we were satisfied with how the morning went.

"We haven't had many wet sessions this year so I think everybody had a lot of work to do this afternoon but we made some progress and at this stage I am happy with the setting in both conditions.

"As for the circuit, it is quite technical and the last corner is quite different but other than that I don't think it's anything out of the ordinary."


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