2012 Aragon MotoGP FP1 Result: Hayden Tops Wasted Session

Nicky Hayden has topped a meaningless first session of practice for the MotoGP class at Aragon, only a few riders going out on a track that was neither fully dry nor fully wet. Hayden led his factory Ducati teammate Valentino Rossi, the Ducatis being the only prototypes going out on track. A dry line was appearing on the track, but the elevation changes around the circuit mean that there is still lots of water in many of the corners.

The first session was all too reminiscent of the previous Grand Prix at Misano, where the first day of practice was lost to the weather. Conditions are meant to improve this afternoon, though rain started to fall shortly after the MotoGP session ended. Saturday should see enough rain for the track to be fully wet, and the teams to be able to use wet tires without destroying them in a few laps.


Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff Diff Previous
1 69 Nicky HAYDEN DUCATI 2'04.890    
2 46 Valentino ROSSI DUCATI 2'05.750 0.860 0.860
3 41 Aleix ESPARGARO ART 2'07.378 2.488 1.628
4 9 Danilo PETRUCCI IODA-SUTER 2'08.706 3.816 1.328
5 8 Hector BARBERA DUCATI 2'08.873 3.983 0.167
6 44 David SALOM BQR 2'09.236 4.346 0.363
7 5 Colin EDWARDS SUTER 2'09.348 4.458 0.112
8 68 Yonny HERNANDEZ BQR 2'10.321 5.431 0.973
Not qualified (Out 107%) 2'13.632
1 7 Karel ABRAHAM DUCATI 2'15.152 10.262 4.831
Not Classified
  4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO YAMAHA      
  6 Stefan BRADL HONDA      
1 1 Ben SPIES YAMAHA      
1 4 Randy DE PUNIET ART      
1 9 Alvaro BAUTISTA HONDA      
2 6 Dani PEDROSA HONDA      
5 1 Michele PIRRO FTR      
5 4 Mattia PASINI ART      
5 6 Jonathan REA HONDA      
7 7 James ELLISON ART      
9 9 Jorge LORENZO YAMAHA      


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Apart from having another rant about BS and their planning for p*** poor weekends preventing performance, its actually disappointing that Rossi may not get to check out/adjust the new chassis/swing-arm combo before this race.
Still, as he was competitive in the wet before, this could be a good qulifying.
The forecast for Sunday is looking as if it may be cool/dry, so JB's skills should be in high demand come warm-up.
Jon Rea gets less dry track time again too, which is a shame, but it's clear that he is just having fun now, lucky chap.
Never a huge Pedrosa fan, I do wish the winds to be blowing in his 'favor' for once.

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Should produce an intermediate tyre for 2013, that way by invoking Murphy's law we will be almost guaranteed good weather for the entire season! Hope the track dries enough for a meaningful FP2.

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according to kenny roberts book. a slick is just as good as an intermediate on a damp track as long as there are not puddles...

in other words, intermediates are useless...

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I definitely respect KR's opinion but has he ridden any of ther latest generation of BS slicks? Did he make the comnent recently? I would think that a damp track would make retaining heat in these hard to heat tires very difficult. Maybe if they were allowed to groove slicks then they would be useable.

And the article did say that because of the elevation changes there was lots of water in the corners.


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why wouldnt a slick be faster? With a higher 'land/sea' ratio there should be more rubber down.
I don't know when this was said, but if it was when his neck was on the line I suspect it was pit lane psychology. As soon as you hit something with more than damp you are on your backside.
With modern tyres and compounds a properly selected tyre/compound is always going to be better than something that needs plenty of heat to start gripping - just like modern road tyres. Until tracks are perfectly smooth and drained with no puddles tread will always cut through the water better than a slick. At 100 mph+ I think I know what I would prefer - and most racers seem to agree judging by Misano and Aragon.
KR would have a lot of bikes to choose from if he turned up with his leathers!

Total votes: 73