BARCELONA, Spain – Aleix Espargaro was Friday’s fastest rider during a pair of MotoGP free practice sessions at Circuit de Catalunya.
Espargaro recorded the best time of the day (1:41.672) on a softer compound rear tire at his home track in the morning session. He was followed by Bradley Smith, who topped the charts in the afternoon session with a 1:42.123 lap.
Smith ended the afternoon run just ahead of LCR Honda MotoGP’s Stefan Bradl, Repsol Honda Team’s Marc Marquez and Movistar Yamaha MotoGP’s Jorge Lorenzo. Those four drivers were also second through fifth on the overall timesheet behind Espargaro.
Sixth and seventh overall were Italians Andrea Iannone (Pramac Racing) and Valentino Rossi (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP) courtesy of their best times in the first practice, with Iannone escaping unhurt from a turn 10 tumble into the gravel in the morning session.
The overall top 10 was completed by Pol Espargaro (Monster Yamaha Tech3), Dani Pedrosa (Repsol Honda Team) and Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati Team).
Nicky Hayden (Drive M7 Aspar) rode 32 laps over the course of the day as he assessed the condition of his right wrist, on which he had surgery after missing Mugello. He ended the day 19th overall.