MotoGP Aragon FP1&2 Results: Pedrosa Fastest First, Loses to Stoner in the Rain

What Happens When It Rains

9:01am EST — Friday morning practice was revived at Motorland Aragon this weekend, giving riders and teams extra time between sessions to work on set-up and changes to the bikes, as necessary.  Many had been calling for a change and the shortened practices will likely continue in increased number for the rest of the season.  At this new circuit, Dani Pedrosa was the first to score, posting the fastest time in the morning practice, followed by a surprise Nicky Hayden, and Jorge Lorenzo in the dry.  In the second session, Casey Stoner was fastest at the end, though he had fought with Lorenzo and Pedrosa through much of the session and particularly Lorenzo near the end in the wet, with Lorenzo second fastest and Hayden third when the session was over.  Times were ten or more seconds slower for the afternoon session due to predicted rain.  Loris Capirossi did not compete, nor will he for the weekend, recovering from his injury at Misano.

There was no real challenger to Pedrosa at home again in Spain in the first session, though Hayden and Lorenzo kept it from becoming too much of a discgrace for the rest of the field by staying closer to Pedrosa than anyone else.  Stoner was fourth fastest, with Marco Simoncelli beating out Valentino Rossi to fifth by a thousandth.  It had been Lorenzo’s second fastest to loose, in so much as times from practices are a valid predictor of qualifying or race pace, but Hayden took it away in the final minute on his final lap.

Rider Time Gap
1. Dani Pedrosa 1:50.506
2. Nicky Hayden 1:50.917 +.411
3. Jorge Lorenzo 1:50.928 +.422
4. Casey Stoner 1:51.195 +.689
5. Marco Simoncelli 1:51.768 +1.262
6. Valentino Rossi 1:51.769 +1.263
7. Hector Barbera 1:51.792 +1.286
8. Andrea Dovizioso 1:51.845 +1.339
9. Colin Edwards 1:52.027 +1.521
10. Ben Spies 1:52.141 +1.635
11. Marco Melandri 1:52.321 +1.815
12. Randy de Puniet 1:52.340 +1.834
13. Aleix Espargaro 1:52.752 +2.246
14. Alvaro Bautista 1:52.822 +2.316
15. Mika Kallio 1:53.190 +2.684
16. Hiroshi Aoyama 1:53.512 +3.006

The second practice saw some improved standings, though it would be even more difficult to tell with the rain that varied from light to heavy throughout the session.  Early times were only a few seconds faster than those at the end, when Stoner just beat Lorenzo to the fastest position, as his teammate had done for second in the first session.  Haysden was again near the top, though, in third for the afternoon.  Pedrosa’s form fell in the latter half of the second session as his times did not improve as the other riders’ did, so his early quicker times left him in thirteenth.  Rossi improved his standing, from fifth to fourth, with Marco Melandri taking advantage of wet weather to bring his Honda up to fifth.

Rider Time Gap
1. Casey Stoner 2:01.710
2. Jorge Lorenzo 2:02.278 +.568
3. Nicky Hayden 2:02.411 +.701
4. Valentino Rossi 2:02.878 +1.168
5. Marco Melandri 2:03.146 +1.436
6. Andrea Dovizioso 2:03.754 +2.044
7. Randy de Puniet 2:03.801 +2.091
8. Ben Spies 2:03.874 +2.164
9. Hector Barbera 2:04.063 +2.353
10. Marco Simoncelli 2:04.151 +2.441
11. Colin Edwards 2:04.868 +3.158
12. Alvaro Bautista 2:05.170 +3.460
13. Dani Pedrosa 2:05.394 +3.684
14. Mika Kallio 2:06.257 +4.547
15. Aleix Espargaro 2:07.133 +5.423
16. Hiroshi Aoyama 2:07.632 +5.922

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