Results and summary of qualifying for the MotoGP class at Aragon:
Results and summary of qualifying for the 125cc class at Aragon:
Hector Faubel has taken his first pole of the year at Motorland Aragon, pulling out a scorching lap to sneak ahead of Maverick Viñales in the final seconds, the Blusens rider missing out on pole by just nine thousandths of a second. Nico Terol will start from the opposite end of the front row, just over a tenth slower than his Bankia Aspar teammate, despite being the first rider to break Marc Marquez' pole record from last year.
The issue of Motegi continues to divide the paddock.
Marc Marquez headed the timesheets in the Moto2 class at the Motorland Aragon circuit, the Catalunya Caixa rider smashing his own lap record at the circuit by over a second. The Spaniard was quick throughout the 75 minute session - an extra 30 minutes having been added after a power failure caused the loss of FP2 on Friday afternoon - finishing three tenths head of Alex de Angelis, and over four tenths ahead of Marc VDS Racing's Scott Redding. Thomas Luthi took 4th spot on the timesheets, just creeping ahead of current championship leader Stefan Bradl.
The extended second session of free practice for the MotoGP class at the Motorland Aragon circuit was dominated by the Repsol Hondas. Casey Stoner took an early lead, laying down a blistering pace in the mid-1'49s, before ending with a lap of 1'49.272, a quarter of a second inside the race lap record set by Dani Pedrosa last year. It took Pedrosa half the session to get up to speed, but by the end, the Spaniard was right with his Repsol teammate, less than a tenth of a second separating the Spaniard from the Australian.
Johann Zarco topped the timesheets in the final session of free practice for the 125cc class at Motorland Aragon, the Frenchman setting the fastest time in the final minutes of the session, dropping Maverick Viñales back to 2nd, after the Blusens rider had just sneaked ahead of him a few laps earlier. British rider Danny Kent put in yet another impressive performance, ending FP3 in 3rd, just under two tenths slower than Zarco. Nico Terol suffered mechanical problems, and dropped down to 12th, after managing to set just four laps during the session.
Friday was a weird one. Normally, I'd be talking about who was fast (Pedrosa), who was not (Rossi), and the implications of the new chassis being used in MotoGP and Moto2, but instead, Friday at Motorland Aragon was all about transformers, UPSes, backup systems and the complex electronics that control them.
Press releases from the MotoGP teams after the disrupted first day of practice at the Motorland Aragon circuit:
Aragon first day halted by power-cut
Publish Date: Friday, September 16, 2011
The whole of the MotoGP paddock was left frustrated at Aragon in Spain today when a power outage at a nearby electricity station caused the cancellation of this afternoon's practice session.
For the second time this season, the MotoGP series has lost an afternoon to extraordinary circumstances. At Assen, it was a blown engine during Moto2 practice combined with pouring rain to force the cancellation of FP2 sessions for all three classes, while at the Motorland Aragon circuit today, a defective transformer saw all power lost at the circuit, forcing the cancellation of FP2 for the MotoGP and Moto2 classes.
Marc Marquez ended the first session of free practice for the Moto2 class at Aragon on top of the timesheets, but his margin was very slim. The Spaniard just crept ahead of Pons Kalex' Aleix Espargaro, who had led for a large part of the session, by just two-hundredths of a second. Marquez' time was set on the 2012 version of the Suter Moto2 machine, the Catalunya Caixa team having persuaded Eskil Suter to allow Marquez to use the new chassis after three days of testing at Valencia.
Dani Pedrosa has taken charge of the first session of free practice for the MotoGP class in Aragon, setting a blistering pace in the last 10 minutes of the session. The Repsol Honda rider dislodged Yamaha's Jorge Lorenzo from the top spot, though Lorenzo, like Pedrosa, had got off to only a moderate start. The two Spaniards both forged ahead of Casey Stoner, who had made the early running in FP1, setting his fastest time in the first part of the session.
Maverick Viñales was the quickest out of the blocks in the first session of practice for the 125cc class at the Motorland Aragon circuit this morning, putting in a fast final flying lap to dislodge Nico Terol from the top spot on the timesheets. Terol had led for most of the morning session, but was demoted to 2nd right at the end, a quarter of a second behind his young compatriot.
Somehow, the big news always seems to break on Thursdays. Probably because we don't have any real action to talk about, and so all the focus is on speculation, spying, or off-track events, but without motorcycles going round on track, we still have plenty to talk about.
Valentino Rossi is to use the new aluminium chassis at Motorland Aragon this weekend, which was first tested last week at Mugello on Ducati's 2012 1000cc machine. The Italian told the press conference at Aragon that the test at Mugello had gone very well, and the new chassis - built by British Moto2 manufacturer FTR - had improved the feeling from the front end of the Ducati. As a consequence, they had decided to use the new chassis at Aragon this weekend, to use it as a development platform for next year.