Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati Team) got his GP of Aragón weekend off to the best possible start as the Italian rider powered to the quickest time of the day in today’s two free practice sessions at the MotorLand circuit.
After using his regular GP14 machine in the morning, Dovizioso then stepped onto the ‘evo’ version of the Ducati Desmosedici, denominated GP14.2, for his second run in the afternoon session. After returning to the pits for a few adjustments, the Italian then went out again to immediately set the quickest time of the day in 1’48.285.
Cal Crutchlow also concluded his first day of free practice in a positive way. After encountering a few problems with his bike in FP1, which did not allow him to complete the scheduled number of laps, the rider from Coventry took to the track in a determined way in the afternoon and immediately found a good feeling with his GP14. After being held up by a slower rider during his fastest lap, Crutchlow finished the day in eleventh place.
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.”
Cal Crutchlow (Ducati Team #35) – 11th (1’49.373): “Today was more positive than the other race weekends. We had some problems in the first session so I never got enough laps in time on the bike. We worked hard in the second free practice, and in the session I felt quite comfortable and my pace was not so bad. Unfortunately in my fast lap I got held up by a slower rider waiting for a follow. We will change the engine tonight and hopefully it will help us to improve tomorrow.”