Dani Pedrosa's form in the MotoGP class is turning into something suspiciously resembling domination, the Repsol Honda rider ruling the first session of free practice at Aragon with an iron fist. The Spaniard led for much of the session, relinquishing the top spot only briefly before snatching it back with a much bigger margin each time. In the end, Pedrosa's advantage measured over four tenths of a second, with late fast laps by Nicky Hayden and Jorge Lorenzo the only reason the gap wasn't bigger.
Lorenzo had looked certain of the second fastest time, but a hot final lap by Hayden put the Marlboro Ducati man ahead of the Fiat Yamaha rider. Hayden's teammate Casey Stoner was fourth fastest, finishing ahead of San Carlo Gresini's Marco Simoncelli and Fiat's Valentino Rossi. While Stoner was still relatively close to Pedrosa's blistering time - the Australian being just under seven tenths slower than the Spaniard - Simoncelli marked the breaking point, the Italian over a second and a quarter behind Pedrosa.
|12||14||Randy DE PUNIET||HONDA||1'52.340||1.834||0.019|