A satisfying test for both the Yamaha and Ducati Pramac riders at Aragon yesterday. In the morning, the track was in poor condition, following rainfall the previous night but primarily because the Motorland circuit has been little used in the last month. The asphalt was very dirty, but fortunately the situation improved over the course of the day.
On track, alongside the aforementioned teams, were the factory Suzuki (with Guintoli along with Iannone and Rins) and KTM (with Smith and De Puniet, making his first outing as tester), as well as Oliveira and Brad Binder with the Moto2.
“We are very pleased with how the test has gone, times are good and we've prepared for the race as well as we can” Pramac team manager Francesco Guidotti told us. As these were private tests, no official timing was available, but Miller is accredited with a 1’48”8, and Petrucci a 1’49”1. These are unofficial times, so are to be taken with the proverbial pinch of salt, but the Ducati seems comfortable at Aragon (considering that Vinales's pole of last year was set in 1’47”635).
Jack focused on race preparation, while Danilo carried out tests with the GP18. Work that will also serve Lorenzo and Dovizioso, ready to head out at Aragon today alongside the Suzuki and KTM squads.
The Yamaha team is also pleased with the work done and both Valentino and Vinales took advantage of the day, completing as many laps as possible. The work mainly focused on the upcoming race, as there was nothing really new to test in terms of electronics, the M1's Achilles heel in recent months.
There was also a new-entry on the team, though he was a mere spectator: Jonas Folger. The German may serve as test rider to the Yamaha team next season, and his presence at Aragon is another hint as to the likelihood of this happening.