MOTOGP: Pedrosa Leads Repsol Honda One-Two In Friday Practice At Aragon

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Dani Pedrosa led the way in the opening day of MotoGP practice at Motorland Aragon. (Repsol Honda photo)

Dani Pedrosa led the way in the opening day of MotoGP practice at Motorland Aragon. (Repsol Honda photo)

ALCANIZ, Spain –  The Repsol Honda team wasted no time in planting their flag in the turf at Motorland Aragon on Friday, with 2012 event winner Dani Pedrosa leading the opening day of practice ahead of the Aragon Grand Prix.

Pedrosa posted a best lap time of 1:48.429 during the second session on Friday, beating teammate and two-time MotoGP world champion Marc Marquez, who was the top rider during the first round of practice.

After struggling to find grip and ending the first session in 11th, Pedrosa was a full second and a half faster in the second round en route to the fastest overall lap. He worked with both the medium and hard rear tire specs and will seek his second career Aragon victory in Sunday’s main event.

“Obviously, I’m happy with first place, even if it was a bit of a strange day,” Pedrosa admitted. “The sun never came out and we didn’t have the higher temperatures we had expected, which meant that I never quite felt totally comfortable, but we worked well and improved a lot in the afternoon. We focused on testing tires, trying to use them all … but we still have to see how the track will change. We’re continuing to try to keep the pace and concentration up in every exit, step by step. Our goal for tomorrow is to have a good qualifying session.”

Marquez was second-fastest overall with a time of 1:48.494, just 0.065 seconds behind Pedrosa’s top mark.

“Aragon has always been a good track for me, and it suits my riding style,” Marquez said. “Following our plan, we focused on working with the race in mind and had some good luck when it didn’t rain in the end. Our work went well, and on the last stint I ran a new hard tyre that allowed me to set a fast time and put in some consecutive laps while also setting a good pace.”

“We still need to understand a few things, like how the softer rear tyre drops off, because everyone suffers with grip here … but we are confident we can contend this weekend.”

Honda’s domination was completed when LCR’s Cal Crutchlow went third-quick on the overall timesheets, posting a strong result and completing a banner day for the Japanese manufacturer.

The Yamahas of Valentino Rossi and Pol Espargaro completed the top five. Jorge Lorenzo was seventh.

Repsol Honda contributed to this report.


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