2017 Aragon MotoGP FP2 Result: Pedrosa Goes Swimming(ly)

Once again the weather screwed with the premier class, the sunshine that covered the Moto3 session mixing with spots of rain in the kickoff of FP2. That meant the first few minutes of the session were lost to setup changes and tyre swaps, only a handful of riders going around straight away on rain tyres.

The title contenders were cautious, first Valentino Rossi then Maverick Viñales and Marc Marquez joining the track ten minutes into the session. Andrea Dovizioso and Dani Pedrosa bided their time a bit more while watching their rivals kicking up significant spray.

Usually fearless in the wet, Danilo Petrucci was an early leader of the session, until Marc Marquez once again stole his lead to go over a second faster after the first third of the session. His first real challenger was the familiar face of Andrea Dovizioso, the Italian getting within three hundredths of a second of his main rival on only his fourth lap. Marquez had none of that and promptly went half a second faster.

The rain had stopped halfway through the session and the track was drying, albeit slowly. Joining the action late, Dani Pedrosa was out of sync with his rivals, the Spaniard getting within a tenth of a second of his teammate while most other riders were in the pits. Cal Crutchlow made it a Honda 1-2-3 after the Brit jumped into third in the final six minutes but the feat didn’t last long, improved conditions seeing lots of red sector times being set.

The likes of Marquez and Dovizioso did not go out for a final try, leaving their teammates to do the business. Jorge Lorenzo was the first to lay down a marker but Pedrosa got the best of him and went two tenths faster than the Ducati man. The Honda veteran ended up topping the session with the only 1:59 time of the day, his compatriot following two tenths down.

Johann Zarco made a late move into third spot on this final lap, the Frenchman being the last rider to post a time within half a second of Pedrosa. Marquez ended up six tenths behind his teammate and only narrowly ahead of Karel Abraham, the Aspar rider benefiting from a guided tour from the session leader.

Cal Crutchlow dropped into sixth spot, ahead of another impressive display from compatriot Sam Lowes in seventh position. Dovizioso slipped back to eighth, over a second down on Pedrosa, after also skipping the second run, with the Espargaro brothers completing the top ten, the Aprilia of Aleix leading the KTM of Pol.

If Rossi was astounding onlookers with his early wet weather pace given his physical condition, the Yamaha did not look entirely happy splashing about. Teammate Viñales spent much of the session in last place, over three seconds slower than the leaders, only (relatively) saving his day in the final two laps, when he jumped into seventeenth, over a second and a half down on Pedrosa. After being ahead of his teammate for most of the afternoon, Rossi dropped back to twentieth position, another three tenths behind Viñales.

Results:         

Pos. Num. Rider Bike Time Gap 1st Prev.
1 26 Dani PEDROSA Honda 1'59.858    
2 99 Jorge LORENZO Ducati 2'00.072 0.214 0.214
3 5 Johann ZARCO Yamaha 2'00.320 0.462 0.248
4 93 Marc MARQUEZ Honda 2'00.459 0.601 0.139
5 17 Karel ABRAHAM Ducati 2'00.471 0.613 0.012
6 35 Cal CRUTCHLOW Honda 2'00.482 0.624 0.011
7 22 Sam LOWES Aprilia 2'00.585 0.727 0.103
8 4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO Ducati 2'00.962 1.104 0.377
9 41 Aleix ESPARGARO Aprilia 2'01.015 1.157 0.053
10 44 Pol ESPARGARO KTM 2'01.042 1.184 0.027
11 19 Alvaro BAUTISTA Ducati 2'01.103 1.245 0.061
12 43 Jack MILLER Honda 2'01.149 1.291 0.046
13 38 Bradley SMITH KTM 2'01.350 1.492 0.201
14 29 Andrea IANNONE Suzuki 2'01.471 1.613 0.121
15 36 Mika KALLIO KTM 2'01.492 1.634 0.021
16 45 Scott REDDING Ducati 2'01.516 1.658 0.024
17 25 Maverick VIÑALES Yamaha 2'01.632 1.774 0.116
18 94 Jonas FOLGER Yamaha 2'01.745 1.887 0.113
19 9 Danilo PETRUCCI Ducati 2'01.810 1.952 0.065
20 46 Valentino ROSSI Yamaha 2'01.917 2.059 0.107
21 42 Alex RINS Suzuki 2'02.077 2.219 0.160
22 53 Tito RABAT Honda 2'02.392 2.534 0.315
23 76 Loris BAZ Ducati 2'02.677 2.819 0.285
24 8 Hector BARBERA Ducati 2'02.935 3.077 0.258

 

Round Number: 
14
2017
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