At the end of the first two free practice sessions for the Aragón Grand Prix, scheduled for this weekend at the MotorLand circuit near Alcañiz, Andrea Dovizioso finished the day in eighth place, while Danilo Petrucci was classified in twelfth.
This morning both Ducati Team riders finished FP1 in the top 10, with Dovizioso fourth and Petrucci seventh, but in the afternoon – despite both men improving their lap times by approximately four-tenths of a second – only the Romagna rider was able to remain inside the provisional top 10.
Andrea Dovizioso (#04 Ducati Team) – 1’48.477 (8th)
“Aragón is always a strange track, both for riding and for the tyres, and as there is a chance of rain tomorrow, we changed our work plans as a consequence: we were not able to do many laps with the various types of tyres available, but we tried them all so as to have as clear an idea as possible for the race. It’s not easy, because here everyone is struggling when the tyres drop, but the situation is surely better than Misano: we still have to improve in certain areas but I’m optimistic.”
Danilo Petrucci (#9 Ducati Team) – 1’48.873 (12th)
“To be honest I expected to set a better time, but when I put on the soft new tyres, I couldn’t lap fast enough, while this morning with the hard tyres in FP1 I felt pretty good. Unfortunately, it seems that tomorrow there might be bad weather, so I don’t know if it will be possible to get into the top 10 to avoid Q1. I’m clearly not very satisfied with today, but as always we’ll strive to improve for the race.”
The Ducati riders will be back on track tomorrow, Saturday 21st September, at 09.55 CET for the third free practice session, while qualifying will be held after FP4, starting from 14.10 CET.