The weather at Aragon is a fickle thing. The weather forecasters had predicted rain all day, but the rain lifted during the morning and stopped falling completely before lunchtime, leaving only threatening skies looming over the track like a slate-grey cloak.
Press releases after Saturday's qualifying session for the MotoGP class at Motorland Aragon:
Lorenzo Delivers with Pole in Aragon
Press releases from the Moto2 and Moto3 teams after qualifying at Aragon on Saturday:
Viñales sixth in dry qualifying
Rain disappears after wet morning and Repsol rider takes second row spot. Oliveira puts in ninth best time, Álex Rins grabs tenth and Álex Márquez eighteenth.
Results and summary of qualifying for the MotoGP class at the Motorland Aragon circuit:
Jorge Lorenzo has taken his fifth pole position of the year, just holding off Dani Pedrosa in a close battle during qualifying for tomorrow's MotoGP race at Aragon. Lorenzo deposed Dani Pedrosa from pole, the Repsol Honda man having recovered from an early crash to find some real speed at the end of the session, but after Lorenzo had dropped him back to 2nd, Pedrosa's attempt to retake pole stranded when he ran into Valentino Rossi on his very last lap.
Results and summary of qualifying for the Moto3 class at Motorland Aragon:
Johann Zarco put on a late burst of speed to take the final session of free practice for the Moto2 class at Aragon. The Frenchman was the fastest of a group of riders who found some extra pace at the end of the session, ending FP3 ahead of NGM Forward's Alex De Angelis, noted wet-weather specialist Anthony West, Blusens Avintia's Julian Simon, and Gresini rider Gino Rea. Rea and Simon had led for most of the session, with Rea in particular proving his speed in the wet, the chatter from the Showa suspension not a problem in the conditions.
Dani Pedrosa has topped a damp final session of practice for the MotoGP class at the Motorland Aragon circuit. The Repsol Honda man picked up the pace halfway through the session to end what had been up until that point almost total dominance of the Yamahas, with the two Factory Yamaha bikes and the two Tech 3 Yamaha satellite machines occupying the top four spots, with only a brief interruption from Stefan Bradl.
Zulfahmi Khairuddin led a brace of Ajo KTMs during the final session of Moto3 free practice on Saturday morning, just edging out his teammate Danny Kent by a few hundredths of a second. Alex Rins bagged 3rd spot on the Suter Honda, ahead of the other Ajo KTM of Sandro Cortese, while Jonas Folger grabbed 5th spot.
Dark clouds hang over the MotoGP paddock at Aragon, and it's not just the ones from which the rain fell for most of the day. There is a sense of malaise, a black funk which pervades the paddock here, a lack of the usual sparkle and cheer which raises the mood at the racetrack. Maybe it's because all three championships are more or less sewn up; maybe it's because the excitement of silly season is mostly over; maybe it's the location: Motorland Aragon sits in of the most beautiful regions of Spain, if arid desolation is what you seek. Or maybe it's just me.
Press releases from the MotoGP teams and Bridgestone after a wet first day of practice at Aragon:
Confident start for Dovizioso and Crutchlow at rain-hit Aragon
Heavy rain and tricky track conditions meant the start of the Gran Premio Iveco de Aragon was a challenging experience for Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Team riders Andrea Dovizioso and Cal Crutchlow today.
Dovizioso and Crutchlow were fifth and seventh fastest on the timesheets after wet weather conditions once again played a pivotal role in proceedings.
Press releases from the Moto2 and Moto3 teams after the first day of practice at Aragon:
Oliveira fastest in the wet
Portuguese rider clocks fastest time of first day of practice at Aragon, with Álex Rins eighth, Maverick Viñales tenth and Álex Márquez eleventh.
Repsol rider Miguel Oliveira took the best time in a wet day at Aragon. The persistent rainfall greatly affected the first two practice sessions for the latest GP, in which the Portuguese rider was quickest in both. Rins, Viñales and Márquez placed eighth, tenth and eleventh, respectively.
The Blusens Avintia team have announced that they have extended their contract with Maverick Vinales for the next two seasons. The deal will see the 17-year-old remain in Moto3 for the 2013 season, before moving up to Moto2 in 2014, complete with his entire crew.