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Results and summary of qualifying for the Moto3 class at Motorland Aragon:
Johann Zarco put on a late burst of speed to take the final session of free practice for the Moto2 class at Aragon. The Frenchman was the fastest of a group of riders who found some extra pace at the end of the session, ending FP3 ahead of NGM Forward's Alex De Angelis, noted wet-weather specialist Anthony West, Blusens Avintia's Julian Simon, and Gresini rider Gino Rea. Rea and Simon had led for most of the session, with Rea in particular proving his speed in the wet, the chatter from the Showa suspension not a problem in the conditions.
The Moto2 championship rivals ended the session well down the order. Pol Espargaro finished FP3 in 7th, seven tenths slower than Zarco and just behind the surprisingly strong Spanish wildcard rider Alex Marinelarena, while championship leader Marc Marquez set the 9th fastest time, just over a second off the pace of Zarco.
Dani Pedrosa has topped a damp final session of practice for the MotoGP class at the Motorland Aragon circuit. The Repsol Honda man picked up the pace halfway through the session to end what had been up until that point almost total dominance of the Yamahas, with the two Factory Yamaha bikes and the two Tech 3 Yamaha satellite machines occupying the top four spots, with only a brief interruption from Stefan Bradl.
Pedrosa ended the session a tenth of a second ahead of Jorge Lorenzo, who was in turn under a tenth quicker than his teammate Ben Spies. Andrea Dovizioso maintained the big Yamaha presence at the front, grabbing 4th just a fraction behind Spies, while Stefan Bradl ended the session in 5th, a third of a second off the time of the leader, Dani Pedrosa. Cal Crutchlow put his Monster Tech 3 Yamaha into 6th, making it four Yamahas in the top six, while Karel Abraham had a surprisingly strong morning session, grabbing 7th just under a second behind Pedrosa. Valentino Rossi ended the session in 8th, ahead of Jonathan Rea and Nicky Hayden.
Zulfahmi Khairuddin led a brace of Ajo KTMs during the final session of Moto3 free practice on Saturday morning, just edging out his teammate Danny Kent by a few hundredths of a second. Alex Rins bagged 3rd spot on the Suter Honda, ahead of the other Ajo KTM of Sandro Cortese, while Jonas Folger grabbed 5th spot.
A bad fall for RW Racing's Luis Salom saw him transported to the medical center with a suspected fractured collarbone. The young Spaniard currently stands 3rd in the Moto3 title race, with a deficit of 56 points to championship leader Sandro Cortese. If Salom has broken a collarbone and is unable to race, that would put an end to any title aspirations he may have had.
Ben Spies has topped a fully wet second session of free practice at Aragon, the Factory Yamaha man having been fast throughout in the rain. Dani Pedrosa built his pace as the session progressed, ending the day in 2nd spot, less than a tenth behind Spies. Jorge Lorenzo took 3rd, but was over half a second slower than his Factory Yamaha teammate, while Nicky Hayden bagged a respectable 4th fastest time in the wet. Hayden was the last man to finish within a second of Spies, 5th place man Andrea Dovizioso coming in nearly 1.2 seconds behind Spies.
The rain did mean that everyone got time on the track. Unlike this morning, where the half-wet, half-dry conditions saw the Honda and Yamaha men sit the session out, a properly wet track allowed the riders to go out and put in some work on rain tires without destroying the tires in just a few laps. The time spent on wets today will be of little help on Sunday, when it is expected to be dry, but they should help find a setup for Saturday's qualifying session, for which rain is expected.
Miguel Oliviera was once again the fastest man in the Moto3 class, topping the second session of free practice conducted in fully wet conditions. Oliveira ended the session nearly two tenths ahead of Danny Kent, the Englishman heading a trio of Ajo KTMs, with Zulfahmi Khairuddin in 3rd and Sandro Cortese in 4th. Dutchman Jasper Iwema posted his best practice result of the year, nabbing 5th in the wet on the FGR Honda, just ahead of Luis Salom, Niklas Ajo and Jonas Folger.
Andrea Iannone ended a very late first session of practice for the Moto2 class at Aragon, the series having lost an hour in cleaning up the oil spill during the morning's Moto3 FP1 session. The practice was the first meaningful session of the day, with the rain falling at the beginning of the session making the track fully wet and allowing the teams to run wet tires. Iannone took full advantage of marginally improving conditions at the end of the session to post a flying lap, with Gino Rea showing his good form in the wet as well by taking 2nd. Thomas Luthi bagged 3rd, ahead of Alex de Angelis and Johann Zarco.
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.
Miguel Oliveira topped the first session of free practice for the Moto3 class at the Motorland Aragon circuit, sitting atop the timesheets when the session was red-flagged due to a severe oil spill with less than ten minutes left. Danny Webb's Mahindra exploded, dumping oil on the track and causing the session to be terminated, after a number of riders fell on the oil, leaving no one injured, fortunately.
Luis Salom led a bevy of KTMs behind Oliveira, sitting in 2nd ahead of Jonas Folger, both men on Kalex KTMS, while the Ajo KTM squad took 4th through 6th positions, Sandro Cortese ending ahead of Danny Kent and Zulfahmi Khairuddin.
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