Marc Marquez was right in the hunt as practice got underway at his home round of the MotoGP World Championship at Aragon in Spain.

The Repsol Honda star was second fastest overall after FP2 behind Andrea Dovizioso on the Ducati GP14.2, who claimed provisional pole by 0.043 seconds using the extra soft rear tyre option available to Open class riders.

Marquez is aiming to make amends after crashing out of second place as he chased eventual race winner Valentino Rossi at Misano last time out.

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He ended FP1 in the morning with the third fastest time but led most of FP2 until Dovizioso powered through to head the time sheets on day one.

"This is one of my favourite tracks on the World Championship calendar, our first day went well and I enjoyed riding in front of the home fans," said Marquez.

"I felt good on the bike and had a good pace, which is what we were focusing on the most today. The track was quite slippery but I like it like this.

"However, tomorrow we will try to define which tyres to use and refine the set-up - to improve entry on the corner, absorb the bumps and try to turn better mid-corner - then see if we can get onto the front row for Sunday and have a great race."

Marquez was the first rider under Dani Pedrosa's 2013 pole record with a best lap of 1m 48.328s to set himself up for Saturday's FP3 and final qualifying sessions.