2016 Aragon MotoGP FP2 Result: Maybe A Honda Track, Definitely A Honda Friday

A cloudy afternoon saw a slightly surprising name at the top of the timesheets, Dani Pedrosa clearly determined to keep his name on the top position. Despite the overcast conditions, the Misano victor led for much of the session, setting the best time of the weekend on his last lap.

Morning leader Marc Marquez started off the afternoon in the midfield on used tyres but a late run put him straight to the top, before getting pushed back by his teammate, the Honda duo being the first riders in the 1:48s. A handful of other riders followed their lead, including Cal Crutchlow, the LCR rider within a tenth of the factory Honda boys and posting that time on the asymmetric harder option front tyre.

After briefly splitting the Honda trio, Valentino Rossi had to settle for fourth position, over two tenths down on the leader. Pol Espargaro was a surprise early leader before crashing in turn two mid-session, dropping him down to fifth place. His brother Aleix followed in his footsteps soon after, jogging back to the pits before the dust even settled and finishing just outside the top ten.

Maverick Viñales looked like having a strong start to the session but eventually lost half a second to the leader to finish sixth, ahead of Jorge Lorenzo. The world champion had another tricky session, trying several front tyre options on his way to seventh position.

The top ten was completed by three Ducatis, Hector Barbera leading the little group, ahead of Danilo Petrucci and Andrea Dovizioso. In other Ducati news, Michele Pirro was confirmed as Iannone’s replacement once again, the Italian deciding after FP1 that the injury is too painful to continue the weekend.

Results:

Pos. Num. Rider Bike Time Gap 1st Prev.
1 26 Dani PEDROSA Honda 1'48.429    
2 93 Marc MARQUEZ Honda 1'48.494 0.065 0.065
3 35 Cal CRUTCHLOW Honda 1'48.510 0.081 0.016
4 46 Valentino ROSSI Yamaha 1'48.669 0.240 0.159
5 44 Pol ESPARGARO Yamaha 1'48.749 0.320 0.080
6 25 Maverick VIÑALES Suzuki 1'48.886 0.457 0.137
7 99 Jorge LORENZO Yamaha 1'48.914 0.485 0.028
8 8 Hector BARBERA Ducati 1'48.970 0.541 0.056
9 9 Danilo PETRUCCI Ducati 1'49.065 0.636 0.095
10 4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO Ducati 1'49.128 0.699 0.063
11 41 Aleix ESPARGARO Suzuki 1'49.177 0.748 0.049
12 68 Yonny HERNANDEZ Ducati 1'49.243 0.814 0.066
13 6 Stefan BRADL Aprilia 1'49.298 0.869 0.055
14 19 Alvaro BAUTISTA Aprilia 1'49.301 0.872 0.003
15 51 Michele PIRRO Ducati 1'49.678 1.249 0.377
16 45 Scott REDDING Ducati 1'49.680 1.251 0.002
17 50 Eugene LAVERTY Ducati 1'50.113 1.684 0.433
18 53 Tito RABAT Honda 1'50.649 2.220 0.536
19 76 Loris BAZ Ducati 1'50.940 2.511 0.291
20 22 Alex LOWES Yamaha 1'50.988 2.559 0.048
21 69 Nicky HAYDEN Honda 1'50.992 2.563 0.004

 

Round Number: 
14
2016
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Comments

Are DP and CC using the same chassis? The one that MM did not want? Could that be the reason of this resurgence of the two Hondas? Dani looks fast and confident. Cal his usual not smooth but fast self :)
Anyway Honda seems to be the best bikes on this circuit.
Top speed: Yamaha is so behind!
I'm at a loss about the tyres....: who is using what? is tyre choice affecting so far the performances? I mean: are we to expect major surprises tomorrow when someone puts a fresh set of tyres as opposed to to today?

Is the colder conditions favoring the Honda's? Less greasy tires = more rear grip, less trouble accelerating out

Same for JLo': Cold temps = less edge grip (confidence), hence slower pace? What are the tire options Michelin brought out to this round? Any that favored Jorge in previous rounds or same ones he's been struggling with in colder temperatures?

Rossi has been consistent so far, always trying to come out and show he's still the GOAT. Hope to see a great duel (or triple threat) at front with DP, MM and VR in the race

MotoGP is putting out a lot better show than WorldSBK, Dorna better start using the same recipe for success there too.

So listening to Dylan in pit lane- there are 2 different medium compound tyres?

Now this is getting confusing for us......imagine the ??? among the teams.

Pretty sure one of the podium guys (Dani?) said the soft and medium fronts at Misano were both mediums but different constructions. 

Even if it's confusing for us it won't be for the teams. They can only get themselves as fast and consistent as they can.