Aragon MotoGP: Start time pushed back in schedule shake-up

The MotoGP Aragon Grand Prix start time on Sunday has been pushed back by an hour as part of a shake-up to the rest of the weekend schedule beginning on Saturday.

Aragon MotoGP: Start time pushed back in schedule shake-up

The opening practice session for the Aragon GP on Friday was delayed by 35 minutes to allow for the track to warm to a safe temperature for Michelin’s tyres to work.

However, riders still felt the conditions were not optimal to be riding on and Saturday morning’s FP3 schedule for all classes was pushed back by half an hour as a result. Track conditions were set to be discussed in this evening’s Safety Commission meeting for the riders, with MotoGP organisers Dorna Sports issuing a new schedule.

Read Also:

All track action has been pushed back by an hour, with Moto3 FP3 kicking things off at 10:00am local time. The first MotoGP session will now take place at 10:55am local time, with FP4 and qualifying starting at 2:10pm and 2:50pm local time.

On Sunday, MotoGP’s warm-up session will get going at 11am local time, with the Moto3 race at midday.

The Moto2 race will follow at 1:20pm, with the MotoGP race getting under way at 3pm local time.

Earlier on Friday afternoon, a number of riders expressed concern that the initial 30-minute FP3 delay wouldn’t be enough to allow the track to warm sufficiently. With the new schedule, several riders outside of the provisional Q2 places – including the Ducatis of Andrea Dovizioso, Jack Miller and Le Mans winner Danilo Petrucci – may stand a better chance of improving on their FP2 times.

Due to the cold conditions expected for the final run of races at Aragon, Ricardo Tormo near Valencia and Algarve in Portugal, the allocation of front soft tyres has been increased by one from five to six for each weekend. It is not clear yet if future races will have their schedules altered in response to the expected colder conditions.

Friday’s running at Aragon was topped by Yamaha’s Maverick Vinales, who led championship leader Petronas SRT’s Fabio Quartararo by 0.249 seconds. Quartararo’s nearest title rival Joan Mir on the Suzuki was fourth on the combined times.

shares
comments

Related video

Vinales “not thinking about” MotoGP championship at Aragon

Previous article

Vinales “not thinking about” MotoGP championship at Aragon

Next article

Quartararo expects “big potential” Ducati comeback at Aragon

Quartararo expects “big potential” Ducati comeback at Aragon
Load comments
How Ducati has developed MotoGP's most versatile bike Prime

How Ducati has developed MotoGP's most versatile bike

His third place at Misano made Enea Bastianini the fifth different Ducati-mounted rider to score a podium in 2021. Amid a season that has seen one rider amass the bulk of Yamaha and Honda's success, the Ducati's versatility makes for a potent weapon, but the contribution of a former leading light shouldn't be forgotten

MotoGP
Sep 23, 2021
The next steps in the rebuilding of a stalled MotoGP career Prime

The next steps in the rebuilding of a stalled MotoGP career

Maverick Vinales’ early debut with Aprilia has been one of the most interesting plots of the recent MotoGP rounds. The results may not look standout on paper, but a closer inspection reveals just how much progress Vinales has truly made in understanding a bike that has taken him well out of his “comfort zone”.

MotoGP
Sep 22, 2021
Why Misano was a pivotal race for MotoGP's present and future Prime

Why Misano was a pivotal race for MotoGP's present and future

On a day each of the podium trio could claim to be the star of the show, the San Marino GP will be remembered as a pivotal race in both MotoGP's present and future. While Fabio Quartararo demonstrated his world title credentials just behind Francesco Bagnaia's flawless victory charge, a new threat emerged from the shadows

MotoGP
Sep 20, 2021
How Ducati's Aragon MotoGP win harks to its past and its future Prime

How Ducati's Aragon MotoGP win harks to its past and its future

Duelling against Marc Marquez at the Aragon Grand Prix, Francesco Bagnaia came out on top to secure a long overdue MotoGP victory. As Marquez likened Bagnaia to a Ducati title contender of old, it appears the Italian rider could finally start to fight for wins on a more regular basis

MotoGP
Sep 13, 2021
Why Dovizioso is more of a temporary fix than a Yamaha gamble Prime

Why Dovizioso is more of a temporary fix than a Yamaha gamble

OPINION: The return of Andrea Dovizioso to the grid at Misano will be an interesting subplot to the remainder of the 2021 MotoGP season. But the circumstances that have led to the former Ducati rider ending his sabbatical point to his signing being one more of convenience than a long-term commitment

MotoGP
Sep 8, 2021
Why the British GP was a triumph for MotoGP Prime

Why the British GP was a triumph for MotoGP

OPINION: The 2021 British Grand Prix was a historic day for MotoGP. At the centre of it was Aleix Espargaro on the Aprilia after securing its first podium in the modern MotoGP era. It was something of a full-circle moment that highlighted just how far MotoGP has come in the last decade

MotoGP
Aug 30, 2021
Why Silverstone should be regarded as MotoGP's rightful UK home Prime

Why Silverstone should be regarded as MotoGP's rightful UK home

OPINION: Many of the UK’s MotoGP fans would prefer Donington Park to host the British GP beyond the expiry of Silverstone's current deal. But the track's fast, flowing circuit provides the best racing and should be regarded as its best bet for the foreseeable future

MotoGP
Aug 26, 2021
How Marc Marquez is facing his toughest challenge in MotoGP Prime

How Marc Marquez is facing his toughest challenge in MotoGP

The 2020 MotoGP season was an enthralling affair, but few would argue with you if you thought the world championship was a poorer place without Marc Marquez. In an exclusive interview, he explains the challenges he's faced in his comeback from injury and what he makes of the current MotoGP landscape.

MotoGP
Aug 23, 2021