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Aragon MotoGP: Dani Pedrosa top practice two, Valentino Rossi 20th

Dani Pedrosa Honda Aragon MotoGP 2017

Honda rider Dani Pedrosa led Ducati's Jorge Lorenzo in the second MotoGP practice session at Aragon, while Valentino Rossi was 20th.

Pedrosa posted a 1m59.858s effort, the weekend's only lap time under two minutes so far, at a damp circuit.

Track conditions at the start of the session mirrored those from the earlier first practice, and it was again Marc Marquez who prospered initially, bettering his morning benchmark with a 2m00.933s lap a third of the way into practice two.

This left him around a second clear approaching halfway point, before title rival Andrea Dovizioso mustered a lap just 0.029 seconds slower.

But Marquez responded instantly, lowering the time to 2m00.459s, with team-mate Pedrosa slotting in behind with a lap 0.083s off shortly thereafter.

The pair remained out front until the closing minutes of the session, LCR's Cal Crutchlow briefly making it a Honda 1-2-3, before Lorenzo split Marquez and Pedrosa on the timing screens.

Lorenzo's next lap, a 2m00.072s, took him to the top spot, only for Pedrosa to then breach the two-minute barrier.

Tech3 Yamaha's Johann Zarco moved up to third at the chequered flag, demoting Marquez, who had opted against a last-gasp flying lap.

Karel Abraham was fifth for Aspar Ducati, ahead of Crutchlow and Aprilia rider Sam Lowes, while Dovizioso led Espargaro brothers Aleix and Pol in eighth.

Valentino Rossi Yamaha Aragon MotoGP 2017

Rossi, making an earlier-than-expected return to track action this weekend after breaking his leg in late August, was mixing it among the frontrunners for much of the session, but ended up 20th, two seconds down.

His Yamaha team-mate Maverick Vinales, on the other hand, was firmly among the backmarkers before a late improvement put him 17th.

Both Vinales and Rossi are therefore outside of the top 10 on combined practice times and are not currently on course to automatically progress to Q2, although this will likely prove irrelevant if, as is expected, the weather improves drastically for Saturday's track action.

FP2 times

1Dani PedrosaHonda1m59.858s-10
2Jorge LorenzoDucati2m00.072s0.214s12
3Johann ZarcoYamaha2m00.320s0.462s16
4Marc MarquezHonda2m00.459s0.601s9
5Karel AbrahamDucati2m00.471s0.613s15
6Cal CrutchlowHonda2m00.482s0.624s13
7Sam LowesAprilia2m00.585s0.727s11
8Andrea DoviziosoDucati2m00.962s1.104s6
9Aleix EspargaroAprilia2m01.015s1.157s7
10Pol EspargaroKTM2m01.042s1.184s10
11Alvaro BautistaDucati2m01.103s1.245s16
12Jack MillerHonda2m01.149s1.291s7
13Bradley SmithKTM2m01.350s1.492s14
14Andrea IannoneSuzuki2m01.471s1.613s11
15Mika KallioKTM2m01.492s1.634s12
16Scott ReddingDucati2m01.516s1.658s11
17Maverick VinalesYamaha2m01.632s1.774s12
18Jonas FolgerYamaha2m01.745s1.887s14
19Danilo PetrucciDucati2m01.810s1.952s14
20Valentino RossiYamaha2m01.917s2.059s13
21Alex RinsSuzuki2m02.077s2.219s16
22Tito RabatHonda2m02.392s2.534s18
23Loris BazDucati2m02.677s2.819s12
24Hector BarberaDucati2m02.935s3.077s16

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