Aragon, Day One: Practice Sessions Interrupted By Power Failures

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The first and only free practice session of the day at Motorland Aragon —the second was cancelled due to a power shortage—, saw an ambitious Dani Pedrosa on the Aragon track. The Repsol rider finished the day with a time of 1 minute, 50 seconds and 281 thousandths, half a second faster than Casey Stoner, who was third, and eight tenths ahead of Andrea Dovizioso, who finished again in the top five.

At the start of the session, it was again the World Championship leader —Casey Stoner— took the initiative. Followed by his team mates, Pedrosa and Dovizioso, the three riders led the times sheet for most of the morning practice session, until in the final minutes the times improved again. Andrea Dovizioso reached the second position, but 5 minutes from the end, Jorge Lorenzo improved in 76 thousandths Stoner’s best time. The Spanish rider kept the lead until Dani Pedrosa chained some amazing laps, improving his own times and finishing nearly half a second ahead of his countryman.

Pedrosa’s good performance in this first contact to the Aragon track was completed by Stoner’s third position and Dovizioso’s fifth place. Tomorrow, once the power shortage is repaired in Motorland, the MotoGP riders will compete in a 75-minute free practice session and the qualifying.

Casey Stoner

FP1 – 1:50.806, 16 laps, 81 km.
FP2 – Cancelled

“We didn’t get that much time on the track this morning, we managed to get some data from the session but nothing that great. The track was a little abrasive and destroying tyres very quickly, we went out on the soft tyre and destroyed it in three to four laps so we tried to wait for the end of the session to see if the track got better but it didn’t really change.
We wanted to see how it would be in the afternoon session but it was a non event, it’s strange as usually it’s a wash out or something but for the circuit power to go down is something a little different! Although we get the time back in the morning, it’s not that great as it makes it a very long day with a lot of riding and it’s pretty exhausting.
We’ve just got to focus on finding the best set up we can tomorrow, thankfully the weather has been pretty consistent here over the past few days but I’m afraid the track will act similarly, we’ll just have to wait until tomorrow”