The Aragon GP weekend got off to a positive start for the two factory Ducati Team riders, as Jorge Lorenzo finished second and Andrea Dovizioso third on day 1 at the MotorLand track in Spain.
In the morning’s Free Practice 1, Dovizioso had set the quickest time of the session, with Lorenzo not far behind in fourth.
In the afternoon nearly all the riders were able to improve their times towards the end of the second session and Jorge Lorenzo was second quickest with a lap of 1’47.520 while Andrea Dovizioso ended the day in third with a time of 1’47.835.
Jorge Lorenzo (Ducati Team #99) - 2nd - 1’47.520
“I’m satisfied with today, especially because we made a step forward and we improved our performance from the morning to the afternoon. I felt really good on the bike, especially in my final exits in FP2, and that’s a good sign. I think that the lap time I set will be good enough to take me though directly into Q2 and so tomorrow we will be able to focus on improving our pace and work in view of the race. Overall, I’m happy with the feeling and now we only have to sort out a few details and try and improve a bit in every corner.”
Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati Team #04) - 3rd - 1’47.835
“Today has been very positive, because we were able to start off the day by immediately regaining the good feeling we had achieved in the test in August, and so now we’ve already got some pretty clear ideas about the tyres and the set-up. This will enable us to work on the details tomorrow because I think that the conditions will improve a bit and so we’ll be able to understand how the tyres will really behave. As always we must try and be quick while consuming the tyres as little as possible: in every track this is the characteristic, but here at Aragón it’s even more important. At the moment there are three of us who have a very similar pace, but it won’t be enough and so tomorrow we’ll have to improve a bit more.”