Aragon MotoGP: Dani Pedrosa leads all-Honda top three in practice

Dani Pedrosa led championship leader Marc Marquez and Cal Crutchlow in an all-Honda top three in second practice for MotoGP's Aragon Grand Prix

Aragon MotoGP: Dani Pedrosa leads all-Honda top three in practice

Misano winner Pedrosa led the way entering the final phase of the session with a 1m48.860s that was 0.355 seconds clear of the field.

Marquez moved into second place and then went fastest with a 1m48.494s with seven minutes remaining, but Pedrosa had more pace to come.

He reclaimed top spot in the final 90 seconds with a time of 1m48.483s and improved again after the chequered flag to a 1m48.429s.

It was enough to finish the session 0.065s faster than Marquez, while Crutchlow was also within 0.081s of Pedrosa, after improving twice inside the final five minutes.

Valentino Rossi was fourth and 0.240s behind Pedrosa, while his Yamaha team-mate Jorge Lorenzo - chasing three consecutive Aragon wins - was a quiet seventh and 0.485s off the pace, having been outside the top 10 when the chequered flag was shown.

Pol Espargaro was fifth fastest despite crashing his Tech3 Yamaha at Turn 2, moments before brother Aleix Espargaro did the same on his Suzuki.

Maverick Vinales was the lead Suzuki in the order in sixth, while Lorenzo, Hector Barbera, Danilo Petrucci and Andrea Dovizioso rounded out the top 10.

Dovizioso's factory Ducati team-mate Andrea Iannone has been ruled out of the weekend due to the back injury he sustained at Misano, and has been replaced by Michele Pirro - who wound up 15th.

Alex Lowes also crashed at Turn 2, in the closing moments, and wound up 20th, ahead of the returning Nicky Hayden.

PRACTICE TWO TIMES:

Pos Rider Team Gap Laps
1 Dani Pedrosa Honda 1m48.429s 18
2 Marc Marquez Honda 0.065s 19
3 Cal Crutchlow LCR Honda 0.081s 18
4 Valentino Rossi Yamaha 0.240s 20
5 Pol Espargaro Tech3 Yamaha 0.320s 14
6 Maverick Vinales Suzuki 0.457s 19
7 Jorge Lorenzo Yamaha 0.485s 16
8 Hector Barbera Avintia Ducati 0.541s 18
9 Danilo Petrucci Pramac Ducati 0.636s 18
10 Andrea Dovizioso Ducati 0.699s 18
11 Aleix Espargaro Suzuki 0.748s 15
12 Yonny Hernandez Aspar Ducati 0.814s 18
13 Stefan Bradl Aprilia 0.869s 18
14 Alvaro Bautista Aprilia 0.872s 18
15 Michele Pirro Ducati 1.249s 18
16 Scott Redding Pramac Ducati 1.251s 16
17 Eugene Laverty Aspar Ducati 1.684s 13
18 Tito Rabat Marc VDS Honda 2.220s 21
19 Loris Baz Avintia Ducati 2.511s 16
20 Alex Lowes Tech3 Yamaha 2.559s 16
21 Nicky Hayden Marc VDS Honda 2.563s 17


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