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Valentino Rossi topped the timesheets in the third session of free practice for the MotoGP class, but practice was largely lost to the conditions. The track was still damp as practice started, only really drying out towards the end of the session, when more riders took to the track. Rossi's best time from FP3 was still over half a second slower than his time from yesterday. Rossi ended the session ahead of Alvaro Bautista, Nicky Hayden and Aleix Espargaro.
With nobody improving their time. the riders straight through to Q2 are unchanged. Marc Marquez, Stefan Bradl, Dani Pedrosa, Jorge Lorenzo, Alvaro Bautista, Cal Crutchlow, Valentino Rossi, Andrea Dovizioso, Aleix Espargaro and Nicky Hayden go through to Q2, the rest will have to take their chances in Q1 again. With the skies clearing and no more rain expected, qualifying should at least take place on a dry track.
Overnight rain left the track dirty and damp at the Motorland Aragon circuit, forcing the Moto3 riders to tiptoe cautiously around the Spanish circuit. Times dropped as the session went on, with Isaac Viñales - cousin of Maverick - ending the session on top with late fast lap. Viñales ended the session ahead of Scotsman John McPhee, with Alex Marquez in 3rd.
Takaaki Nakagami finished at the top of the timesheets following Moto2 FP2, the Japanese rider left it to his very last lap to snatch the quickest time of the day from Tito Rabat. Rabat was looking in fine form in front of his home fans and finished just three hundredths of a second behind Nakagami but ahead of his countryman and morning pace setter Nico Terol. Johann Zarco and Scott Redding completed the top five placings.
Ever consistent Suisse rider Thomas Luthi ended proceedings in sixth ahead of Julian Simon, Marcel Schrotter and Speed Up riders Simone Corsi and Alex De Angelis rounded out the top ten. Pol Espargaro finished up in eleventh place and will look to improve his pace as the weekend progresses in order to keep tabs on championship leader Redding.
Marc Marquez wrestled control of the second MotoGP free practice session on his opening run of laps and never looked back. The Repsol Honda rookie was never headed from the early running and was in scintillating form, his ominous lap time of 1:48.987 made him the only rider to dip into the one minute forty eight minute bracket.
He was followed by fellow Honda riders Stefan Bradl and Dani Pedrosa who locked out the top three placings. Jorge Lorenzo couldn't replicate his morning pace and had to settle for fourth place while Alvaro Bautista made it four Honda's in the top five, despite a late tumble, the Go & Fun Gresini rider was unharmed.
Cal Crutchlow and Valentino Rossi highlighted Yamaha's apparent struggles with the Aragon circuit finishing in disappointing sixth and seventh places respectively as Andrea Dovizioso, Aleix Espargaro and Nicky Hayden completed the top ten positions.
Alex Rins has set the pace for the second Moto3 free practice session, the Estrella Galicia rider's time of 1:59.801 put him a tenth ahead of morning pace setter and championship rival Maverick Vinales. Both Spaniards became the first Moto3 riders to circulate the Aragon circuit in a sub two minute lap time. Fellow title combatant Luis Salom ended up in third place ahead of Mahindra rider Miguel Oliveira and Zulfahmi Khairuddin.
Alex Marquez took sixth position on the timesheets and was followed by a fresh face to the top ten in young German Philipp Oettl. Romano Fenati, Alexis Masbou and an extremely brave Jonas Folger completed the top ten. Folger was riding with a badly damaged left ankle from his crash in Misano, the Aspar rider required crutches to move between his bike and the pit box.
Nico Terol has topped the first Moto2 practice session at his home grand prix in Aragon. The Spanish rider finished the session a tenth of a second ahead of compatriot Tito Rabat who was looking equally motivated in front of his adoring home fans. They were followed on the timesheets by Mika Kallio, Jordi Torres and Simone Corsi.
Takaaki Nakagami ended up in sixth place in front of Thomas Luthi, Pol Espargaro, Johan Zarco and a disappointing championship leader Scott Redding, who struggled to find any real rhythm in the weekends opening exchanges and had to settle for tenth.
Jorge Lorenzo has continued his Misano momentum and topped MotoGP FP1 at the Motorland Aragon circuit. He finished a microscopic eight thousandths of a second ahead of championship leader and rookie upstart Marc Marquez, while fellow Repsol Honda rider Dani Pedrosa completed a familiar looking top three, two tenths further behind.
Alvaro Bautista made it an all Spanish top four at the Alcañiz based circuit ahead of Valentino Rossi, Stefan Bradl and Cal Crutchlow. Starting his 200th consecutive grand prix weekend Andrea Dovizioso finished in eight place and top Ducati rider followed by his teammate Nicky Hayden and Bradley Smith who rounded out the top ten placings.
Maverick Vinales has opened proceedings at Aragon by topping the first free practice session with a lap time of 2:00.513. This left the Spaniard almost half a second quicker than compatriot and championship leader Luis Salom and amazingly under the circuit record benchmark. Efren Vazquez finished the session in third place ahead of a resurgent Romano Fenati and Alex Rins.
Rins' teammate Alex Marquez was in sixth position followed by Miguel Oliveira, Arthur Sissis, Alexis Masbou and impressive wildcard rider Maria Herrera rounded out the top ten.
Marc Marquez has ended the day at the top of the timesheets, taking the 2014 version of the RC213V out for a final run at the end of the day to post a time nearly a quarter of a second faster than Jorge Lorenzo, who had been fastest for most of the day. Both Honda and Yamaha had brought versions of their 2014 machines, with all four factory riders switching between the two versions, though most were concentrating on improving set up for the remainder of the 2013 season.
Valentino Rossi finished the day in 3rd, having worked largely on improving braking and corner entry, the area in which he is suffering the most during the races. They believe they found something, Rossi said, and ending the day under two tenths from his teammate suggest they have. Cal Crutchlow had a day building confidence, ending the test in 4th close behind Rossi, and just ahead of Alvaro Bautista. Dani Pedrosa set the 6th fastest time, and had spent nearly all day just working on trying to resolve the problems with rear grip he has had this season.
Randy de Puniet was once again present, testing the Suzuki MotoGP prototype. De Puniet ended the day 1.833 seconds behind Marquez, ahead of the CRTs, but a second behind the fastest Ducati, which would be the bike's first target.
Times from the test at 5pm:
Times at 3pm from the Misano MotoGP post-race test: