Repsol Honda press release
Repsol Honda Team starts strong at Aragon in single practice session
The Grand Prix of Aragón began Friday morning at the Alcañiz circuit with Dani Pedrosa finishing the first practice session on top with Casey Stoner third and Andrea Dovizioso fifth. The second free practice session was at first postponed and then cancelled due to several power shortages.
The Repsol Honda Team focused on finding a base set up on the RC212V for this particular circuit in the morning session, with Pedrosa and Dovizioso testing both tyre compounds that Bridgestone provided, whereas Stoner choose to remain on only the soft option.
Pedrosa set his best time on his very last lap with 1'50.281, with Stoner five tenths behind and Dovizioso eight tenths off.
Race direction has decided to extend tomorrow's morning session to 75 minutes, from 09h35 to 10h50. Qualifying will remain on schedule from 13h55 to 14h55 local time.
"In the morning session we were basically trying to get the feeling from the race track and we started well. We saw that the softer compound is maybe too soft, so not really the one for the race if the high temperatures remain, so we also tried the medium compound and I felt comfortable. The afternoon practice was cancelled which is a shame, as the weather conditions were perfect. Of course, we’ll have a longer session tomorrow morning but you cannot take the same benefit from it. With two sessions of 45 minutes you have time to analyse data and make changes. Anyway, it's the same for everyone, so let's hope everything is ok tomorrow and we can keep improving the bike and have a good qualifying."
"We didn't get that much time on the track this morning, we managed to get some data from the session but nothing that great. The track was a little abrasive and destroying tyres very quickly, we went out on the soft tyre and destroyed it in three to four laps so we tried to wait for the end of the session to see if the track got better but it didn't really change. We wanted to see how it would be in the afternoon session but it was a non event, it's strange as usually it's a wash out or something but for the circuit power to go down is something a little different! Although we get the time back in the morning, it makes it a very long day with a lot of riding and it's pretty exhausting. We've got to focus on finding the best set up we can tomorrow, thankfully the weather has been pretty consistent here over the past few days but I'm afraid the track will act similarly, we'll just have to wait until tomorrow."
“It was a strange day. This morning's practice didn’t give us much indication concerning the set up of the bike because we were struggling with the tyres, the track was not so clean and we were spinning a lot, the rear tyre was destroyed after ten laps so we had to use a new one. Tomorrow we will have 1 hour and 15 minutes of free practice. It will be an important session to work on the set up and in particular we will have to work to find more grip in the rear and reduce spinning. I'm confident that track conditions will improve tomorrow, especially for qualifying. This morning we finished fifth and apart from Dani, we are just three tenths from Lorenzo and everybody will lap faster tomorrow. The afternoon was strange because at first the session was delayed and then finally cancelled, anyway it’s the same for everybody so there is no problem. We are now focusing on tomorrow.”