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MotoGP Aragon: Ducati fastest, on fire at Aragon

Andrea Iannone puts new Ducati GP14.2 fastest during Free Practice 1 for the Aragon MotoGP.
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Andrea Iannone gave the new Ducati GP14.2 a perfect debut by leading Free practice 1 at Aragon.

By contrast, Hector Barbera was forced to jump from his new Open class Desmosedici GP14 when the Avintia machine burst into flames (see separate story).

Barbera appeared to escape injury, but it remains to be seen if Avintia's lone Ducati is repairable for FP2.

The dramatic incident occurred with ten minutes of the session remaining, with Pramac's Iannone then taking the GP14.2 to the top on his penultimate lap.

The GP14.2 is only available to Iannone and factory rider Andrea Dovizioso, however Dovizioso began the weekend on the GP14 and is due to switch to the 'evolution' bike this afternoon. The main change for the GP14.2 is said to be a narrower frame, helping rider ergonomics, plus more set-up options.

Forward Yamaha's Aleix Espargaro used a soft tyre to claim second in the morning session, 0.190s behind Iannone.

Repsol Honda's world champion Marc Marquez led most of the 45-minutes on his way to third (0.295s), followed by Jorge Lorenzo (Yamaha), Dani Pedrosa (Honda) and Misano winner Valentino Rossi (Yamaha).

Former world champion Nicky Hayden rode his first MotoGP laps since July this morning, the Drive M7 Aspar rider testing the strength in his healing right wrist on the way to 19th place. Hayden set his best time on the 15th of 16 laps.

Free Practice 1:
1. Andrea Iannone
2. Aleix Espargaro
3. Marc Marquez
4. Jorge Lorenzo
5. Dani Pedrosa
6. Valentino Rossi
7. Andrea Dovizioso
8. Pol Espargaro
9. Stefan Bradl
10. Bradley Smith
11. Alvaro Bautista
12. Cal Crutchlow
13. Yonny Hernandez
14. Hector Barbera
15. Karel Abraham
16. Scott Redding
17. Hiroshi Aoyama
18. Alex De Angelis
19. Nicky Hayden
20. Danilo Petrucci
21. Mike Di Meglio
22. Michael Laverty
23. Broc Parkes

Tagged as: Ducati , Iannone

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