Ben Spies topped the practice times at a sodden Aragon to get an early edge on MotoGP title contenders Dani Pedrosa and Jorge Lorenza
Last Updated: 28/09/12 4:44pm
Ben Spies: The Yahama driver edged Dani Pedrosa by less than a tenth of a second in practice at Aragon.
Ben Spies topped the practice times at a sodden Aragon to get an early edge on MotoGP title contenders Dani Pedrosa and Jorge Lorenza.
The 2009 Superbike world champion adapted best to the wet conditions to set a lap time of 2:00.219 to edge Pedrosa's Repsol Honda by less than a tenth of a second.
Most of the frontrunners had elected to sit out the morning session but once further rain arrived they were all on track early in the afternoon session.
Having been punted out of the last race in Misano, Pedrosa needs to get his title challenge back on track in Aragon.
The Spaniard trails compatriot Lorenzo by 38 points, but won their personal duel to claim second spot, with the Yamaha rider half a second adrift in third.
Nicky Hayden was fourth for Ducati with Andrea Dovizioso fifth on the Tech 3 Yamaha.
Britain's Cal Crutchlow was back in seventh, and felt he could have been higher up the charts but for a problem towards the end of the session.
"I had a small problem with the steering damper right at the end and without that I am sure I would have been much higher than seventh," he said.
Valentino Rossi, fresh from his encouraging second place at Misano, was eighth with Karel Abraham and Alvaro Bautista rounding out the top 10.
Northern Ireland's Jonathan Rea continued his adaptation to MotoGP with 11th on the second Repsol Honda.
Aragon MotoGP practice times:
1 B Spies (USA) Yamaha 2mins 0.219secs
2 D Pedrosa (Spa) Repsol Honda +0.066
3 J Lorenzo (Spa) Yamaha +0.527
4 N Hayden (USA) Ducati +0.777
5 A Dovizioso (Ita) Tech 3 Yamaha +1.160
6 S Bradl (Ger) LCR Honda +1.407
7 C Crutchlow (GB) Tech 3 Yamaha +1.446
8 V Rosi (Ita) Ducati +2.193
9 K Abraham (Cze) Cardion Ducati +2.413
10 A Bautista (Spa) Gresini Honda +3.044
11 JRea (GB) Repsol Honda +3.827