2010 Aragon MotoGP FP2 Result - Stoner Leads In The Rain

The rain continues to fall in Aragon, but at least the MotoGP class had a full session in wet conditions, rather than the intermittent rain that appeared for Moto2. The wet weather saw Casey Stoner make a return to the top of the timesheets, the Marlboro Ducati rider ending FP2 over half a second faster than his nearest rival. That rival was Fiat Yamaha's Jorge Lorenzo, the current championship leader fast in both wet and dry conditions, setting the 2nd fastest time of the afternoon.

The other rider who as fast in both sessions was Casey Stoner's teammate, Nicky Hayden. Hayden ended the afternoon in 3rd, seven tenths behind Stoner and nearly half a second ahead of 4th-place man Valentino Rossi. Rossi heads up a bevy of Hondas, with surprise package Marco Melandri at their head. Since signing for the Sterilgarda Yamaha World Superbike team, Melandri has recovered his form, the San Carlo Gresini Honda rider fast in both morning and afternoon sessions at Aragon. 

Fastest rider of the morning, Repsol Honda's Dani Pedrosa, struggled in the rain, something he hasn't done for a number of years. Pedrosa ended the session down in 13th, over three and a half seconds behind Stoner. But with better weather forecast for the rest of the weekend, and the race almost certain to be dry, Pedrosa's wet-weather form may be irrelevant.


Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff Diff Previous
1 27 Casey STONER DUCATI 2'01.710    
2 99 Jorge LORENZO YAMAHA 2'02.278 0.568 0.568
3 69 Nicky HAYDEN DUCATI 2'02.411 0.701 0.133
4 46 Valentino ROSSI YAMAHA 2'02.878 1.168 0.467
5 33 Marco MELANDRI HONDA 2'03.146 1.436 0.268
6 4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO HONDA 2'03.754 2.044 0.608
7 14 Randy DE PUNIET HONDA 2'03.801 2.091 0.047
8 11 Ben SPIES YAMAHA 2'03.874 2.164 0.073
9 40 Hector BARBERA DUCATI 2'04.063 2.353 0.189
10 58 Marco SIMONCELLI HONDA 2'04.151 2.441 0.088
11 5 Colin EDWARDS YAMAHA 2'04.868 3.158 0.717
12 19 Alvaro BAUTISTA SUZUKI 2'05.170 3.460 0.302
13 26 Dani PEDROSA HONDA 2'05.394 3.684 0.224
14 36 Mika KALLIO DUCATI 2'06.257 4.547 0.863
15 41 Aleix ESPARGARO DUCATI 2'07.133 5.423 0.876
16 7 Hiroshi AOYAMA HONDA 2'07.632 5.922 0.499
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It's a sad indictment of life as we know it but I’d almost prefer to see a wet race rather than another boring runaway like the last couple of races we’ve seen. At least the rain evens the field out and mixes things up a bit.

While Sunday's race may very well be dry, Pedrosa's form(?) today demonstrates his inconsistancy in the wet.

Seasons usually have a few races in the rain & champions are usually nonplused. Pedrosa has historicaly struggled. I still believe in 20 years, he'll never be introduced as former MotoGP WC.

Probably won't happen,but I agree with a previous comment.The rain more often than not adds a rider dimension that is not so apparent whilst technology wields an iron fist over proceedings.
Stoner,Donington 2008 was awesome.Ditto,Rossi Indy and a bunch of others like Melandri at Phillip Island.
I for one am not averse to a soaked race.Should changeable conditions prevail,well my advice to the Ducati boys is simple...use the same rubber that the majority up front are using.

In motorcycle racing terms, that's almost Winter!

That means there will be a shortage of the softer compound, even with today being a washout.