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Lorenzo Baroni has opened up the fifth round of the 2012 FIM Superstock 1000 Championship in style by dominating opening free practice at Motorland Aragon.

The BMW Italia GoldBet rider, who starred on the way to a second place finish last time out at Misano, was the clear front runner for much of the session, his lap time of 2m 02.748secs putting him a substantial seven tenths up on the opposition.

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Ensuring a BMW 1-2, Markus Reiterberger assumed the status of Baroni's nearest challenger aboard the privateer Alpha S1000RR, with MRS rider Jeremy Guarnoni leading the Kawasaki charge in third position.

Series leader Sylvain Barrier consolidated BMW's strong start to the weekend with the fourth best time, the Frenchman no doubt encouraged to see his closest title rivals of Eddi La Marra and Lorenzo Savadori languishing in 11th and 12th on the timesheets aboard their respective Barni Ducati 1199 Panigales as they struggled with technical issues.

Bryan Staring rounded out the top five on the Pedercini Kawasaki, ahead of top Honda rider Fabio Massei and Monza podium winner Christoffer Bergman, while Kev Coghlan upheld Ducati honours in a fine eighth place aboard the DMC Panigale, followed by Ondrej Jezek and Marco Bussolotti on the 1098R version of the Ducati.