Another certainty gone west: Aragon has long been one of Honda’s racetracks; Marc Marquez’s favorite track, a place where the RCV can punch out of tight, medium-speed corners and blast off down a kilometer long straight. Yet, after two free practice sessions there are Yamahas in first, second, third and sixth. And Jorge Lorenzo is fastest by the small matter of 0.68sec from Valentino Rossi. And he is over 0.8sec faster than the best Honda, which happens to be Dani Pedrosa.
This may have something to do with the fact that Yamaha chose Aragon as their test track and have had two full tests there. They did some work on next year’s bike and even spent time playing with small wings on the fairing that we subsequently saw at Misano. They didn’t reappear here in Spain. The bike appears to be working very well without them.
The Yamaha and Honda factory riders tried both the hard and medium tyres, with the Hondas spending a lot of time this afternoon on the hard rears.
It is worth noting one rather interesting fact: on a track with a long, fast straight, the fastest bike through the speed trap was Andrea Iannone’s Ducati at 341.9kph (212.4mph). Lorenzo was thirteenth fastest at 333.1kph (206.0mph). I’d say going testing at what was, historically, a place you suffered against both the Hondas and Ducatis was a seriously good move.