Eighteen laps of Motorland Aragon with a temperature of 14ºC, Markus Reiterberger would have to start the race from the back of the grid, having a technical problem in pit lane before the start.
Motorland Aragon, Spain
In Superpole one, eleven riders competed on regular race tyres for two spots in the second session. The weather was a little colder due to the early start. Stefan Bradl and Nicky Hayden were the two favourites, qualifying yesterday in eleventh and twelfth places.
After an early red flag, Davide Pizzoli crashing before anyone recorded a complete lap, the fifteen minute untimed session resumed. Lucas Mahias came out on top, challenged by PJ Jacobsen and Kyle Smith for the top spot. Sheridan Morais ended the session second quickest, ahead of PJ Jacobsen and Jules Cluzel. Kenan Sofuoglu was eighth quickest.
After losing almost an entire session yesterday, Chaz Davies still managed to put his Ducati Panigale at the top of the untimed session ahead of Superpole, taking over from Jonathan Rea twenty minutes into the twenty-five minute session. Marco Melandri and Tom Sykes rounded out the top four while Alex Lowes and Leon Camier failed to record a lap, both crashing out at turn two in separate incidents.
Press releases from the organizers and teams after the first day of practice at Motorland Aragon:
MotorLand Aragon Day One
Rea ends FP2 as Friday’s fastest
World Champion leads FP2 and FP1, ahead of Melandri and Sykes at MotorLand Aragon
Jonathan Rea (Kawasaki Racing Team) put in a 1’50.062 lap late in FP2 at MotorLand Aragon on Friday afternoon to complete the day as the quickest man on track, with Marco Melandri (Aruba.it Racing – Ducati) and Tom Sykes (Kawasaki Racing Team) also in the top three on the timesheet.
With riders unable to improve on the times set in the dry this morning, PJ Jacobsen heads into Superpole Two the fastest. Only thirteen riders ventured out on to the wet track, all recording times well outside the slowest time set this morning, apart from Roberto Rolfo who didn't record a lap in the first session.
Three quarters of the way through the session, it started to rain lightly and the pace dropped accordingly, with some riders, Jonathan Rea included, deciding to pit in and call it a day. With a few minutes left, Rea decided to head back out anyway, and recorded a 1'50.062, knocking the Ducatis of Marco Melandri and Chaz Davies down a spot. Tom Sykes was also pushed back a spot by his teammate, but all four riders improved on their mornings' times.
In a session where eleven different riders took their turn at the top of the timing sheet, PJ Jacobsen came out on top with a 1'54.751 on his MV Agusta, over a second and a half off the outright lap record set by Jules Cluzel in 2015 but almost half a second quicker than anyone else today. Kyle Smith and Hikari Okubu on Hondas were second and third quickest ahead of Sheridan Morais on a Yamaha and Christian Gamarino on another Honda.
Jonathan Rea was first out on track and set a laptime that only he could beat, setting the fastest lap five times throughout the session, with only Alex Lowes able to keep close. Rea also set the fastest speed, 313Km/h down the straight on the Kawasaki, equalled only by Eugene Laverty's Aprilia.
Chaz Davies suffered a mechanical problem five minutes into the session and he only registered one timed lap, over three seconds off the session's final pace. Xavi Fores was the fastest Ducati, over three tenths quicker than seventh-fastest Marco Melandri.
The 2017 MotoGP calendar is now officially confirmed. The FIM removed the provisional status of the calendar after Dorna finalized contracts with the two remaining circuits still left with an asterisk, Silverstone and Sepang.
The situation with Sepang had been settled earlier, with Sepang keen to retain a MotoGP race for the long term. Sepang has grown to become one of the best-attended races on the calendar. So large are the crowds that they now easily outnumber attendance for F1, which the circuit is trying to drop.