MotoGP: Determined Dovizioso leads the way on new Ducati at Aragon
Aragon, Friday Sep 26th 2014 – The MotoGP FP2 outing saw Andrea Dovizioso lead the way at the Gran Premio Movistar de Aragon, with Marc Marquez and Dani Pedrosa just behind him on the timesheet.
Dovizioso (Ducati Team) set the best time of the opening day at the Spanish circuit, putting in a 1’48.285 lap on softer option rubber and on his new GP14.2 machine, to outpace Marquez – who was on a hard tyre – by 0.043s.
Marquez is looking to repeat his 2013 victory in front of the home fans and he was 0.406s ahead of his Repsol Honda teammate Pedrosa, who was third in FP2.
Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati Team #04) – 1st (1’48.285)-“I did a really great lap at the end! I am very happy with the time I set, especially because I didn’t do a perfect lap. We still have to work on pace, because as always here at Aragón the rear tyres drop off a lot in performance after just a few laps. I can confirm that the GP14.2 is narrower and also more comfortable, and so it goes better from that point of view, but we’ve still got a lot of work to do.”
In fourth place overall Andrea Iannone (Pramac Racing) was around half a second behind his future teammate Dovizioso, as he also enjoyed riding the new GP14.2 following a test on the machine earlier this week at Mugello for both riders.
Aleix Espargaro (NGM Forward Racing) was just ahead of his brother Pol Espargaro (Monster Yamaha Tech3) as the Spanish pair ended the day fifth and sixth respectively.
Jorge Lorenzo (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP), Stefan Bradl (LCR Honda MotoGP), Bradley Smith (Monster Yamaha Tech3) and Valentino Rossi (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP) completed the top ten as the factory Yamaha riders failed to match the pace of Dovizioso and the factory Hondas. Lorenzo and Rossi trailed Dovizioso by 0.684s and 1.027s respectively.
It was a difficult day for Hector Barbera (Avintia Racing) who was forced to abandon his new Ducati in FP1 as it caught fire and then only made it out on track again towards the end of FP2, to set the 17th fastest time overall.
Moto2 – Opening day’s action ends with impressive Rabat ahead again
In Moto2™ FP2 at the Gran Premio Movistar de Aragon, the leading three participants were Tito Rabat, Johann Zarco and Mika Kallio.
Tito Rabat (Marc VDS Racing Team) set the fastest time of 1’53.838 to lead by 0.263s from Zarco (AirAsia Caterham Moto Racing) and also set an impressive pace throughout the session, registering consistently fast laps around the Spanish track.
Kallio trailed by 0.307s in third place and he will be determined to reduce that gap on Saturday as he aims to break his colleague’s winning streak and fight back in the title race.
Franco Morbidelli (Italtrans Racing Team) was fourth quickest overall, courtesy of his best time from FP1 which saw him lead that session. Spanish pair Julian Simon (Italtrans Racing Team) and Maverick Viñales (Paginas Amarillas HP 40) ended the day fifth and sixth respectively.
The overall top ten was completed by Thomas Luthi (Interwetten Sitag), Dominique Aegerter (Technomag carXpert), Jonas Folger (AGR Team) and Ricard Cardus (Tech 3).
Britons Gino Rea (AGT Rea Racing) and Sam Lowes (Speed Up) both crashed during Free Practice 2. Louis Rossi (SAG Team) was also forced to drop his bike at low speed to avoid hitting a barrier after running on. All three riders were ok.
Moto3- In-form Rins ahead in afternoon practice at home circuit
As Friday’s Moto3™ action wrapped up at the Gran Premio Movistar de Aragon it was Alex Rins who registered the best lap in FP2, just ahead of Alex Marquez and Niklas Ajo.
The category’s form rider Rins (Estrella Galicia 0,0) set a 1’58.788 lap to top the timesheet and end the day as Friday’s fastest Moto3 rider at the Spanish circuit. Local rider Rins outpaced his teammate Marquez by just 0.018s, whilst Ajo (Avant Tecno Husqvarna Ajo) trailed in third place, only 0.097s behind Rins.
Also in the top five, approximately 0.15s and 0.2s off the pace respectively were
Juanfran Guevara (Mapfre Aspar Team Moto3) and Enea Bastianini (Junior Team Go&FUN Moto3) in fourth and fifth.
Isaac Viñales (Calvo Team), Miguel Oliveira (Mahindra Racing), Jakub Kornfeil (Calvo Team), Danny Kent (Red Bull Husqvarna Ajo) and standings leader Jack Miller (Red Bull KTM Ajo) completed the top ten. Miller was 0.567s off the pace in FP2 having led the way in FP1.
Zulfahmi Khairuddin (Ongetta-AirAsia) was involved in an early crash when Jorge Navarro (Marc VDS Racing Team) lost control of his bike, catching Khairuddin’s rear. Both riders were unharmed.