2010 MotoGP Aragon Practice

September 17, 2010
Matt Davidson
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Dani Pedrosa struggled in the second practice session which was significantly slowed due to wet track conditions.
Repsol Honda’s Dani Pedrosa had the fastet lap on Friday out of both practice sessions.

On Friday the MotoGP paddock experienced a brief return to the three-practice format at the Aragon circuit. The format featured two practice sessions of Friday, which is to be followed by another on Saturday before qualifying. In the first session Repsol Honda’s Dani Pedrosa was the fastest after his lap of 1’50.506. The Spaniard outpaced American Nicky Hayden by 0.411 seconds, while Fiat Yamaha’s Jorge Lorenzo took third in the books just 0.011 seconds behind.
 
2010 MotoGP Aragon Practice 1 Results:
1. Dani Pedrosa (Honda) 1’50.506
2. Nicky Hayden (Ducati) 1’50.917
3. Jorge Lorenzo (Yamaha) 1’50.928
4. Casey Stoner (Ducati) 1’51.195
5. Marco Simoncelli (Honda) 1’51.768
6. Valentino Rossi (Yamaha) 1’51.769
7. Hector Barbera (Ducati) 1’51.792
8. Andrea Dovizioso (Honda) 1’51.845
9. Colin Edwards (Yamaha) 1’52.027
10. Ben Spies (Yamaha) 1’52.141
11. Marco Melandri (Honda) 1’52.321
12. Randy de Puniet (Honda) 1’52.340
13. Aleix Espargaro (Ducati) 1’52.752
14. Alvaro Bautista (Suzuki) 1’52.822
15. Mika Kallio (Ducati) 1’53.190
16. Hiroshi Aoyama (Honda) 1’53.512
 

Ducatis Casey Stoner set the fastest time during a wet practice session on Friday but was still more than 10 seconds off Pedorsas time set during the first session.
Casey Stoner outpaced Honda’s Dani Pedrosa, who was unable to run as quick as he did in the first practice session.

In the second session Ducati Marlboro’s Casey Stoner took the quickest lap ahead of the field despite wet conditions. The Australian outpaced championship leader Lorenzo and Ducati teammate, Hayden, putting in a best lap of 2’01.710 to lead the timesheets by more than half a second.
 
The overall pace of the second free practice was significantly slowed, with the entire MotoGP field slower than their morning practice runs. The wet conditions meant that none of the field could muster a better performance than their morning practice runs. After taking fourth on the timesheets during the first practice session in dry conditions, Stoner weathered the storm for the fastest lap as the paddock continued adjusting to the new Spanish circuit. With Lorenzo taking second, Hayden was the final rider to come within a second of Stoner’s time for third-place.

“I really like this track, it’s so fun to ride and it is quite different, a new challenge,” Lorenzo said. “It is interesting to ride the M1 here after coming here on an R1. We are lacking a bit of grip but I hope we can improve our setting more tomorrow so we can make another step. Unfortunately it rained this afternoon but it was good to get the chance to try our wet setting and it seems our bike was okay in these bad conditions.” 
 
Fiat Yamaha’s Valentino Rossi took fourth in the books and was more than a 1.1 seconds off the pace of the Australian.

“I’m very happy about having four sessions again here and especially today because we got to try the bike in the wet and in the dry,” Rossi said. “We gathered a lot of information; this morning in the dry I was sixth but this afternoon in the wet I was fourth and I was very pleased because it’s a long time since I tried the bike in the rain. We need to improve our setting because we’re not at the maximum but I am happy about this start.”  

San Carlo Honda’s Marco Melandri and Repsol Honda’s Andrea Dovizioso rounded out the top-six times of the day in fifth and sixth respectively.
 
Meanwhile Dovizioso’s Honda teammate, Pedrosa, could only put in a best lap of 2’05.394 for the 13th-quickest lap. This time stands in stark contrast to his earlier session in which he put down a time that was more than 15 seconds faster.
 
LCR Honda’s Randy de Puniet took seventh followed by Monster Yamaha Tech 3’s Ben Spies in eighth. Hector Barbera and Marco Simoncelli rounded out the top-10 times on Friday in ninth and tenth respectively.
 
2010 MotoGP Aragon Practice 2 Results:

Jorge Lorenzo was unsatisfied with the feeling of his Fiat Yamaha M1 during qualifying at Misano.
Jorge Lorenzo stayed within the top-three for both sessions on Friday despite less than ideal conditions.

1. Casey Stoner (Ducati) 2’01.710
2. Jorge Lorenzo (Yamaha) 2’02.278
3. Nicky Hayden (Ducati) 2’02.411
4. Valentino Rossi (Yamaha) 2’02.878
5. Marco Melandri (Honda) 2’03.146
6. Andrea Dovizioso (Honda) 2’03.754
7. Randy de Puniet (Honda) 2’03.801
8. Ben Spies (Yamaha) 2’03.874
9. Hector Barbera (Ducati) 2’04.063
10. Marco Simoncelli (Honda) 2’04.151
11. Colin Edwards (Yamaha) 2’04.868
12. Alvaro Bautista (Suzuki) 2’05.170
13. Dani Pedrosa (Honda) 2’05.394
14. Mika Kallio (Ducati) 2’06.257
15. Aleix Espargaro (Ducati) 2’07.133
16. Hiroshi Aoyama (Honda) 2’07.632

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