Pedrosa leads all-Honda top three in practice

Pedrosa leads all-Honda top three in practice
By AutoSport

23/09/2016 at 14:38

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.

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team-mate Andrea Iannone has been ruled out of the weekend due to the back injury he sustained at Misano, and has been replaced by Michele Pirro - who wound up 15th.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