Having missed the June test at Aragon, attended by all Honda teams plus the factory Yamaha outfit, Ducati's Andrea Dovizioso wasn't surprised to be eighth place and one-second from the top in Friday practice for this weekend's MotoGP.

After spending considerable time on the harder rear tyre, Dovizioso expects to focus on refining his Desmosedici GP13's set-up for the softer option on Saturday.

"We concentrated on the hard tyre to try to understand if we can use it for the race, but as there's a one-second difference, it's not worth considering at the moment," said Dovizioso, taking part in his 200th grand prix this weekend.

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"The others used the soft tyre the whole session, whereas I only put it on at the end and only had one good lap with it. The lap time is quite good, but I think the gap here at Aragon is in line with the other tracks."

Team-mate Nicky Hayden was a further 0.412s back, in tenth. The American will work on improving corner entry during the Saturday sessions.

"In the morning, we weren't quite as far back as we've been at other tracks, which is good considering that we didn't test here when the other manufacturers did. Since then, we haven't made a lot of progress, as I'm not very comfortable on corner entry," he said.

"I can't get enough feel from the front to really find my limit, and I ran wide a couple of times, including once this afternoon on a good lap. That's where our main focus is, so we'll concentrate on that tonight and see what we can do tomorrow."