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. Rider Nation Team Bike Km/h Time Gap 1st/Prev.
1. 26 Dani PEDROSA SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 322.3 1’50.281
2. 1 Jorge LORENZO SPA Yamaha Factory Racing Yamaha 317.8 1’50.730 0.449 / 0.449
3. 27 Casey STONER AUS Repsol Honda Team Honda 319.6 1’50.806 0.525 / 0.076
4. 58 Marco SIMONCELLI ITA San Carlo Honda Gresini Honda 314.4 1’50.893 0.612 / 0.087
5. 4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO ITA Repsol Honda Team Honda 318.4 1’51.091 0.810 / 0.198
6. 14 Randy DE PUNIET FRA Pramac Racing Team Ducati 315.6 1’51.376 1.095 / 0.285
7. 69 Nicky HAYDEN USA Ducati Team Ducati 318.1 1’51.418 1.137 / 0.042
8. 46 Valentino ROSSI ITA Ducati Team Ducati 319.0 1’51.676 1.395 / 0.258
9. 5 Colin EDWARDS USA Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 313.5 1’51.826 1.545 / 0.150
10. 7 Hiroshi AOYAMA JPN San Carlo Honda Gresini Honda 314.4 1’51.859 1.578 / 0.033
11. 11 Ben SPIES USA Yamaha Factory Racing Yamaha 313.6 1’51.911 1.630 / 0.052
12. 8 Hector BARBERA SPA Mapfre Aspar Team MotoGP Ducati 321.0 1’52.016 1.735 / 0.105
13. 19 Alvaro BAUTISTA SPA Rizla Suzuki MotoGP Suzuki 317.4 1’52.224 1.943 / 0.208
14. 35 Cal CRUTCHLOW GBR Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 312.9 1’52.580 2.299 / 0.356
15. 17 Karel ABRAHAM CZE Cardion AB Motoracing Ducati 312.3 1’53.158 2.877 / 0.578
16. 24 Toni ELIAS SPA LCR Honda MotoGP Honda 316.8 1’53.440 3.159 / 0.282
17. 65 Loris CAPIROSSI ITA Pramac Racing Team Ducati 316.6 1’53.842 3.561 / 0.402