Aragon MotoGP: Pedrsoa Tops FP1

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2011 MotoGP

At the previous two MotoGP rounds and Misano and Indy, Dani Pedrosa finished on the podium, the Spaniard placing his RC212V second both times.

Searching for a third win in the 2011 MotoGP Championship, Pedrosa began his home race at Aragon Motorland in top form, taking the quickest time in the first free practice session Friday.

The Spaniard posted a best lap of 1:50.281, which became the new fastest lap at the 3.155-mile circuit; Pedrosa also holds the circuit lap record, a 1:49.521 that he posted last season during the debut year of the track.

Just under a half-second behind was Pedrosa’s fellow countryman Jorge Lorenzo; the Yamaha Factory Racing rider piloted his M1 to a 1:50.730 within the final laps of the 45-minute of the first free practice session.

Taking the third quickest time was last year’s Aragon winner and the current MotoGP points leader, Pedrosa’s teammate Casey Stoner. The Australian was 0.525 behind Pedrosa.

Taking the fourth and fifth FP1 MotoGP times at Aragon were San Carlo Honda Gresini rider Marco Simoncelli followed by his rival, the third Respol Honda man Andrea Dovizioso.

As for Valentino Rossi, the Italian used a new aluminum chassis, which replaces the current carbon-fiber chassis on his Ducati GP11.1. Rossi ran off the Aragon MotoGP circuit twice, but ended FP1 in eighth place.

The 17-rider MotoGP grid will be back on Aragon later for the second and final-Friday session.

2011 Aragon MotoGP: Free Practice 1 Results

Pos.Num.RiderNationTeamBikeKm/hTimeGap 1st/Prev.
1.26Dani PEDROSASPARepsol Honda TeamHonda322.31’50.281
2.1Jorge LORENZOSPAYamaha Factory RacingYamaha317.81’50.7300.449 / 0.449
3.27Casey STONERAUSRepsol Honda TeamHonda319.61’50.8060.525 / 0.076
4.58Marco SIMONCELLIITASan Carlo Honda GresiniHonda314.41’50.8930.612 / 0.087
5.4Andrea DOVIZIOSOITARepsol Honda TeamHonda318.41’51.0910.810 / 0.198
6.14Randy DE PUNIETFRAPramac Racing TeamDucati315.61’51.3761.095 / 0.285
7.69Nicky HAYDENUSADucati TeamDucati318.11’51.4181.137 / 0.042
8.46Valentino ROSSIITADucati TeamDucati319.01’51.6761.395 / 0.258
9.5Colin EDWARDSUSAMonster Yamaha Tech 3Yamaha313.51’51.8261.545 / 0.150
10.7Hiroshi AOYAMAJPNSan Carlo Honda GresiniHonda314.41’51.8591.578 / 0.033
11.11Ben SPIESUSAYamaha Factory RacingYamaha313.61’51.9111.630 / 0.052
12.8Hector BARBERASPAMapfre Aspar Team MotoGPDucati321.01’52.0161.735 / 0.105
13.19Alvaro BAUTISTASPARizla Suzuki MotoGPSuzuki317.41’52.2241.943 / 0.208
14.35Cal CRUTCHLOWGBRMonster Yamaha Tech 3Yamaha312.91’52.5802.299 / 0.356
15.17Karel ABRAHAMCZECardion AB MotoracingDucati312.31’53.1582.877 / 0.578
16.24Toni ELIASSPALCR Honda MotoGPHonda316.81’53.4403.159 / 0.282
17.65Loris CAPIROSSIITAPramac Racing TeamDucati316.61’53.8423.561 / 0.402