Rain affects both sessions during first day of practice at Spanish track
Ben Spies ended up on top of the timings on day one of the Gran Premio Iveco de Aragón in Spain that saw the riders losing valuable track this morning. Damp track conditions prevented the teams from collecting any decent data while this afternoon’s session was at least wet enough so the riders could take to the track on wet rubber.
It was a good wet session so we’re happy with it.
This afternoon was somewhat of a return to normal proceedings with Spies (2m 0.219s) leading Repsol Honda’s Dani Pedrosa (2m 0.285s) with Spies’ teammate Jorge Lorenzo in third with a best lap of 2m 0.746s. Hayden ended the afternoon session in 4th (2m 0.996s) while Monster Yamaha Tech 3’s Andrea Dovizioso ended with the 5th best time of 2m 1.379s to finish ahead of LCR Honda’s Stefan Bradl (2m 1.626s) with Cal Crutchlow (Monster Yamaha Tech 3) in 7th setting a best time of 2m 1.665s.
The top CRT rider on day one was Randy De Puniet who set a best time of 2m 4.353s for the Power Electronics Aspar team with his teammate Aleix Espargaro in 13th (2m 4.423s). James Ellison ended up in 14th place for the Paul Bird Motorsport team (2m 4.542s) while finishing in 15th on day one was the Speed Master machine of Mattia Pasini with a best lap of 2m 4.722s. Yonny Hernandez sits in 16th on day one for the Avintia Blusens team (2m 4.858s) with San Carlo Honda Gresini CRT rider Michele Pirro in 17th with a best time of 2m 6.030s ahead of Hector Barbera (Pramac Racing) with a best lap of 2m 6.182s.
Danilo Petrucci (Came IodaRacing) finished in 19th with a best lap time of 2m 6.368s while David Salom, who is replacing Ivan Silva for the remainder of the season for the Avintia Blusens team ended day one in 20th (2m 6.593s). Colin Edwards finished in 21st on his NGM Forward Racing machine with a best lap of 2m 6.677s.
Spies was happy with his performance despite the tricky conditions. He said, “It was a good wet session so we’re happy with it, the bike feels good and we’re quick. We got a good setting with the bike sorted and we got some new information with the electronics so we’ll see what happens tomorrow with the weather. As long as everything keeps going smoothly then that’s all we need!”
Lorenzo didn’t enjoy his first day on the Aragon circuit and struggled for grip. “In the morning we could have practiced but we preferred to stay in the box and save the engine life a little,” said the championship leader while adding, “This afternoon with full wet conditions we could go out and see what the feeling is with the bike in the rain in case we have a wet race on Sunday. The track is very slippery, we did a lot of laps trying to find the pace but we didn’t try to do one hot lap. Ben and Dani were very fast but the important thing is we made a good comfortable pace.”