Augusto works on setup at cold blustery Aragon
Bitterly cold and blustery conditions this morning meant Race Direction opted to delay the opening practice sessions for MotoGP and Moto2 by 30-minutes to allow track temperatures to increase after overnight ambient temperatures plummeted to just three degrees. Tomorrow’s schedule has also been pushed back by 30-minutes on safety grounds.
Once the action did get underway, Lowes was one of the fastest men circulating the 5.3km track and the Briton continued his awesome recent spell by topping the timesheets in FP1 and finishing third in FP2, while Fernandez battled an arm pump issue to finish 20th.
Fernandez went out in this morning’s sunny but wintry conditions brimming with confidence after a season best fourth in France last weekend and he completed 17 laps to better understand how hard he could push on a track surface that only reached a chilly 15 degrees.
There was a significant improvement in conditions for the afternoon action with track temperature up to 22 degrees and with less wind to contend with Fernandez needed just four laps to lap faster than his quickest pace in FP1.
A key focus of today was to experiment with a revised riding position to help relieve stress and pressure on the Spaniard’s right arm after some discomfort experienced during last weekend’s sensational surge from 15th to fourth in France.Fernandez also worked on chassis modifications to improve rear grip for the high-speed and undulating Motorland Aragon layout and he ended the day in 20th position overall.
“It has been a difficult day. At the end of the race in Le Mans I was suffering with a bit of arm pump. I’ve tried to rest in the short space of time coming into this weekend but unfortunately it has not been enough time. I wasn’t feeling at 100% and after the first run I already felt a little bit tired with the arm. The second run was a very similar feeling to the end of the race in Le Mans. We were still able to collect a lot of good information, but I was expecting a much bigger improvement when I pushed on a new soft tyre. But my riding is not flowing, and I will work a lot tonight to try and improve the situation with the arm. Hopefully I can be back to normal but if the problem continues, I will keep giving my maximum to do the best performance I can.”