2010 Aragon MotoGP FP3 Result - Stoner Leads, Pedrosa And Hayden Follow

Casey Stoner's lack of track time on a road bike at Aragon has proven to be the non-issue the Marlboro Ducati rider predicted. After finishing 4th and 1st on Friday, Stoner led the third session of free practice for the MotoGP class almost from start to finish. The Australian ended up over a third of a second faster than yesterday morning's fastest man Dani Pedrosa. The Repsol Honda rider found himself sandwiched between a pair of Ducatis, with Nicky Hayden 3rd fastest, showing very strong form here at Aragon, while Hayden is similarly sandwiched between Repsol Honda's, Pedrosa's teammate Andrea Dovizioso ending the session in 4th.

Championship leader Jorge Lorenzo is the best of the Yamahas, but the Yamahas are clearly suffering with a horsepower deficit at Aragon. The Fiat Yamaha rider set the 5th fastest time in FP3, just a fraction ahead of Monster Tech 3 Yamaha's Ben Spies, who was 6th. Lorenzo's teammate Valentino Rossi continues to struggle with his shoulder, managing only the 11th fastest time, nearly a second and a half behind Stoner.

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff Diff Previous
1 27 Casey STONER DUCATI 1'50.115    
2 26 Dani PEDROSA HONDA 1'50.452 0.337 0.337
3 69 Nicky HAYDEN DUCATI 1'50.675 0.560 0.223
4 4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO HONDA 1'50.724 0.609 0.049
5 99 Jorge LORENZO YAMAHA 1'50.764 0.649 0.040
6 11 Ben SPIES YAMAHA 1'50.843 0.728 0.079
7 14 Randy DE PUNIET HONDA 1'50.986 0.871 0.143
8 5 Colin EDWARDS YAMAHA 1'51.242 1.127 0.256
9 58 Marco SIMONCELLI HONDA 1'51.397 1.282 0.155
10 33 Marco MELANDRI HONDA 1'51.444 1.329 0.047
11 46 Valentino ROSSI YAMAHA 1'51.588 1.473 0.144
12 7 Hiroshi AOYAMA HONDA 1'51.642 1.527 0.054
13 40 Hector BARBERA DUCATI 1'51.654 1.539 0.012
14 19 Alvaro BAUTISTA SUZUKI 1'51.833 1.718 0.179
15 41 Aleix ESPARGARO DUCATI 1'51.962 1.847 0.129
16 36 Mika KALLIO DUCATI 1'52.141 2.026 0.179
Round Number: 
13
2010
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Mid 2008 I said Stoner should 'can' the rest of the season and sort out the scaphoid.
Rossi would be well advised to 'can' the rest of 2010 and sort his issues out.
However,I do not have any inside info regarding his Yamaha contractual obligations and no doubt,no Rossi and the viewership plummets.
Have Yamaha been forced to go easy on engines ? Are Ducati just throwing the book at what they have left ?
Have to hand it to Honda,they build them bullet proof.
Once again,Casey proves what a rare tallent Ducati have lost forever, probably.

Total votes: 71

Good points all - I was also wondering if Yam is saving motors and Ducati is trying to salvage a season with wins. Should be a different race tomorrow than we've seen.

Total votes: 69