Aragon MotoGP: Lorenzo heads Marquez in opening practice

Jorge Lorenzo set the pace in the first practice session for the Aragon Grand Prix, heading compatriot Marc Marquez by nearly half a second.

Lorenzo’s benchmark time of 1m48.249s came in the early part of the 45-minute session, the Yamaha rider trading the top spot with Marquez in the opening stages before finding nearly a whole second on the fourth lap of his first run.

Marquez was unable to respond at a track traditionally better suited to Honda, the best lap of his first run being a 1m48.924s.

He later improved this to a 1m48.739s in the final minutes to wrest back second position from Valentino Rossi and disrupt a Yamaha one-two, besting the Italian by a little under a tenth and finishing the session 0.490s behind Lorenzo.

Dani Pedrosa was fourth quickest on the second Repsol Honda, eight tenths off the pace, ahead of the Marc VDS machine of Scott Redding, the Brit fresh off his maiden MotoGP podium at Misano.

Andrea Dovizioso made a late jump to sixth at the chequered flag to finish as top Ducati rider, demoting Tech 3 Yamaha duo Bradley Smith and Pol Espargaro to seventh and eighth.

Cal Crutchlow’s LCR Honda and Andrea Iannone on the second works Ducati completed the top 10, just ahead of an impressive Eugene Laverty aboard the Open class Aspar Honda and the Aprilia of Stefan Bradl.

Hector Barbera (Avintia Ducati) was the only man to crash in a relatively incident-free session, suffering a lowside at Turn 2 in the final 10 minutes.

Practice results:

Pos. Rider Bike Time Gap
Jorge Lorenzo Yamaha 1'48.249  
Marc Marquez Honda 1'48.739 0.490
Valentino Rossi Yamaha 1'48.824 0.575
Dani Pedrosa Honda 1'49.050 0.801
Scott Redding Honda 1'49.354 1.105
Andrea Dovizioso Ducati 1'49.628 1.379
Bradley Smith Yamaha 1'49.790 1.541
Pol Espargaro Yamaha 1'49.868 1.619
Cal Crutchlow Honda 1'50.008 1.759
10  Andrea Iannone Ducati 1'50.131 1.882
11  Eugene Laverty Honda 1'50.158 1.909
12  Stefan Bradl Aprilia 1'50.160 1.911
13  Loris Baz Yamaha Forward 1'50.275 2.026
14  Alvaro Bautista Aprilia 1'50.285 2.036
15  Jack Miller Honda 1'50.287 2.038
16  Aleix Espargaro Suzuki 1'50.310 2.061
17  Nicky Hayden Honda 1'50.483 2.234
18  Danilo Petrucci Ducati 1'50.534 2.285
19  Maverick Vinales Suzuki 1'50.715 2.466
20  Hector Barbera Ducati 1'50.728 2.479
21  Yonny Hernandez Ducati 1'50.729 2.480
22  Karel Abraham Honda 1'51.496 3.247
23  Mike Di Meglio Ducati 1'52.142 3.893
24  Alex de Angelis ART/Aprilia 1'52.202 3.953
25  Toni Elias Yamaha Forward 1'52.950 4.701
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Series MotoGP
Event Aragon GP
Track Motorland Aragon
Drivers Valentino Rossi , Jorge Lorenzo , Marc Marquez
Article type Practice report