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Hayden fastest in damp and delayed first Aragón run

Hayden fastest in damp and delayed first Aragón run

After an oil spillage in Moto3™ FP1 delayed the start of MotoGP™ free practice by nearly an hour at the Gran Premio Iveco de Aragón, Nicky Hayden finished the session fastest on a damp track ahead of Valentino Rossi and Aleix Espargaró - with only nine riders participating in the outing and no factory bikes on show other than the Ducati machines.

The Aragón race weekend got underway in similar conditions to Misano last time out with a damp track hindering the riders’ preparations and an intense track cleaning procedure required before the premier class riders could take their bikes.

It was Ducati Team’s American former World Champion Hayden who set the pace in the mixed conditions, registering a 2:04.890s lap to top the timesheet, with his teammate Rossi 0.86s down in second place and Power Electronics Aspar’s Espargaró two and a half seconds down in third place.

Hayden rode well as he continues his recovery from the injury to his right hand, though he completed just five laps in the session.

In a cagey session at such a delicate stage of the season there were few risks taken and the riders preferred to stay on wet tyres throughout, with Came IodaRacing Project’s Danilo Petrucci and Pramac Racing Team’s Héctor Barberá also featuring in the top five.

The additional names rounding out the timesheet were David Salom (Avintia Blusens), Colin Edwards (NGM Mobile Forward Racing), Yonny Hernandez (Avintia Blusens) and Karel Abraham (Cardion AB Motoracing), as the riders got started for the weekend on their third Grand Prix visit to the Aragón circuit.


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