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Lorenzo leads Aragon test

Factory Yamaha one-two at Aragon MotoGP test.
A late fast lap by MotoGP title leader Jorge Lorenzo put the Factory Yamaha star on top of the Aragon test timesheets by 0.255s over team-mate Ben Spies.

Spies had been fastest for most of the day, at a test notable for the absence of Repsol Honda riders Casey Stoner and Dani Pedrosa.

HRC chose not to make the journey from Catalunya, where Monday's post-race test was held, since the new specification Bridgestone front tyre - which Stoner and Pedrosa are currently struggling to find a set-up for - was not made available at Aragon.

Some of the CRTs were also absent, but 14 of the 21 full-time riders took the opportunity to test at a venue which will host round 14 of this year's world championship in late September.

The main task for Lorenzo and Spies was to further evaluate a new engine and electronics package, whilst also working on finding a 1000cc set-up for the Spanish track.

Lorenzo rode for 59 laps (his best being the 57th) while Spies - who has suffered a nightmare start to the season - gave his confidence a further boost during a similar 57 laps (best 55th).

Following the factory M1 riders on the timesheets was the satellite Tech 3 Yamaha pairing of Crutchlow - half a second behind Lorenzo - and Andrea Dovizioso, a further two tenths down.

Dovizioso, fastest in Monday's Catalunya test, continued his work on electronics, engine, and track set-up, while Crutchlow made up for lost time after suffering a heavy fall early in the Catalunya test.

Pramac Racing Team's Hector Barbera was fastest Ducati once again in fifth (+1.009s) as he evaluated electronics, while Nicky Hayden was a few thousandths slower to be the top factory Desmosedici rider in sixth.

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M1M - Unregistered

June 06, 2012 6:18 PM

HRC skipped the test because the new tyre wasn't available at Aragon yet will be the only front tyre suppled from Silverstone onwards. There was no point trying to solve the chatter problem on the old tyre as they aren't going to be using it again.


June 06, 2012 6:45 PM

Hmmm.. the fastest Ducati is .3s away from the slowest Yamaha. I don't see Ducati finding the time before the end of the season (or the next for that matter). Which means they can kiss Rossi goodbye. There are sponsors lining up to buy Rossi a 2 million$ satellite bike if he wants to go that route. Wasting 2 years at Ducati is long enough...

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