Increasing temperatures saw lap times drop throughout the day as the MotorLand Aragon circuit warmed. Alex Marquez showed top-ten pace in both sessions with Stefan Bradl building his base.
There was a delayed start to round 11 of the MotoGP World Championship with track temperatures showing at less than ten degrees for Free Practice 1, the opening session of the day subsequently delayed by half an hour. Conditions did improve to allow uninterrupted running after the delayed start.
The cold morning got off to a solid start for Alex Marquez, able to run within the top ten for much of the first session. Alex was victim to the classic Aragon Turn 2 crash during FP1, the MotoGP rookie walking away unharmed. Bouncing back from his fall, Alex ended the morning as the fourth fastest rider with a solid final lap. Speed at the end of the session continued for Alex, the Repsol Honda Team rider setting a 1’48.823 on his final flying lap of Free Practice 2 to defend his position in the top ten. Both sessions demonstrated consistent speed with late flashes of one-lap pace from the Le Mans podium finisher.
Friday proved to be a busy day for Stefan Bradl who went about adjusting the setup of his Repsol Honda Team RC213V to the Aragon circuit. A fall at Turn 12 with 15 minutes of the FP2 session remaining saw Stefan Bradl walk away unharmed, able to quickly return to the Repsol Honda Team garage. Completing a total of 34 laps around the 5.1-kilometre-long circuit, the HRC test rider set a best time of 1’50.091.
Cal Crutchlow ended the day in fifth, the fastest of the Honda RC213V machines. Crutchlow, Alex and Takaaki Nakagami in ninth made it three Hondas in the top ten once again.
Timings for morning sessions on Saturday and Sunday have been revised due to the forecasted cold temperatures. Free Practice 3 on Saturday will start half an hour later at 10:25 Local Time with Warm Up rescheduled to 10:00 on Sunday. The race is still set to begin at 14:00 Local Time.
Aragon GP Combined Free Practice Classification
|1||Vinales Maverick||12||SPA||Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP||Yamaha||1'47.771|
|2||Quartararo Fabio||20||FRA||Petronas Yamaha SRT||Yamaha||0.249|
|3||Morbidelli Franco||21||ITA||Petronas Yamaha SRT||Yamaha||0.447|
|4||Mir Joan||36||SPA||Team Suzuki Ecstar||Suzuki||0.730|
|5||Crutchlow Cal||35||GBR||LCR Honda||Honda||0.827|
|6||Espargaro Aleix||41||SPA||Aprilia Racing||Aprilia||0.899|
|7||Espargaro Pol||44||SPA||Red Bull KTM Factory Racing||KTM||0.975|
|8||Marquez Alex||73||SPA||Repsol Honda Team||Honda||1.052|
|9||Nakagami Takaaki||30||JPN||LCR Honda||Honda||1.053|
|10||Rins Alex||42||SPA||Team Suzuki Ecstar||Suzuki||1.068|
|11||Zarco Johann||5||FRA||Esponsorama Racing||Ducati||1.135|
|12||Rabat Tito||53||SPA||Esponsorama Racing||Ducati||1.232|
|13||Dovizioso Andrea||4||ITA||Ducati Lenovo Team||Ducati||1.244|
|14||Miller Jack||43||AUS||Pramac Racing||Ducati||1.255|
|15||Petrucci Danilo||9||ITA||Ducati Lenovo Team||Ducati||1.336|
|16||Lecuona Iker||27||SPA||Tech 3 KTM Factory Racing||KTM||1.394|
|17||Oliveira Miguel||88||POR||Tech 3 KTM Factory Racing||KTM||1.437|
|18||Smith Bradley||38||GBR||Aprilia Racing||Aprilia||1.487|
|19||Bagnaia Francesco||63||ITA||Pramac Racing||Ducati||1.717|
|20||Bradl Stefan||6||GER||Repsol Honda Team||Honda||2.320|
|21||Binder Brad||33||RSA||Red Bull KTM Factory Racing||KTM||2.473|
An ultra-modern facility, MotorLand Aragón had its roots firmly established thanks to a solid history of street racing in Alcañiz, which hosted events between 1963 and 2003. Safety advice warning against the continuation of this led to the proposal and construction of a sporting complex dedicated to motorsport. With support… read more.
|Length||5.078 kilometres / 3.155 miles|
|Longest straight||0.968 kilometres / 0.601 miles|
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|Pole Position||1m 46.322s (171.9Km/h) Francesco Bagnaia (Ducati, 2021)|
|Race Lap||1m 48.089s (169.0Km/h) Franco Morbidelli (Yamaha, 2020)|
|Race Time||41m 44.442s (167.8 km/h) Francesco Bagnaia (Ducati, 2021)|
|2021 Race Winner||Francesco Bagnaia (Ducati)|