Pedrosa Quickest In MotoGP Practice

Dani Pedrosa on top early in Jerez with less than ideal conditions. (Photo: MotoGP)
Dani Pedrosa on top early in Jerez with less than ideal conditions. (Photo: MotoGP)

JEREZ, Spain — Ducati Team´s Valentino Rossi was the surprise early pace setter in the wet, yet Pedrosa soon went fastest with a 1.50´780. Rossi had predicted that the wet conditions may suit him and his Ducati, and he didn´t disappoint at the track where he has won a total of eight times, yet was still almost seven tenths down on the Spaniard.

Yamaha Factory Racing´s Jorge Lorenzo, who won last year´s race in the wet, did a limited number of laps, yet put his bike in third place overall. He was followed by Pedrosa´s team mate and World Champion Casey Stoner, who had a somewhat subdued session for his standards.

Taking confidence from Rossi´s performance, the Italian´s team mate Nicky Hayden lapped sixth fasted on the Andalucian circuit, with Monster Yamaha Tech3´s Andrea Dovizioso in tow.

San Carlo Honda Gresini´s Alvaro Bautista placed his satellite Honda in seventh in front of his home crowd, while Tech3´s Cal Crutchlow, who had impressed in Qatar, was in eighth. Crutchlow was once again faster than factory Yamaha rider Ben Spies, who could only manage ninth.

Rounding out the top ten was German rookie Stefan Bradl with his LCR Honda MotoGP machine, who dared a late run on slick tyres as the track dried out towards the end. He could not however improve on his earlier time.

An early casualty of the wet conditions was Speed Master CRT entry Mattia Pasini, who crashed going into turn 13. He escaped unscathed and ended up posting a very credible 12th fastest time. Yet top CRT spot for the afternoon session went to Power Electronics Aspar´s Randy de Puniet in 11th.

On a day where both MotoGP practice sessions had fluctuating wet and drying conditions, it was tough to gauge any real form from riders, as many will have been saving their wet tyre allocation for QP tomorrow. Yet Avinitia Blusens rider Iván Silva will no doubt enjoy seeing his name top of the combined timesheets with a time he set early in the morning session.

1Dani PedrosaRepsol Honda TeamHonda RC213V01:50.8
2Valentino RossiMarlboro Ducati TeamDucati GP1201:51.4
3Jorge LorenzoYamaha Factory RacingYamaha M101:51.9
4Casey StonerRepsol Honda TeamHonda RC213V01:52.1
5Nicky HaydenMarlboro Ducati TeamDucati GP1201:52.3
6Andrea DoviziosoYamaha Tech 3Yamaha M101:53.1
7Alvaro BautistaHonda GresiniHonda RC213V01:53.2
8Cal CrutchlowYamaha Tech 3Yamaha M101:53.4
9Ben SpiesYamaha Factory RacingYamaha M101:53.4
10Stefan BradlLCR Honda MotoGPHonda RC213V01:53.4
11Randy De PunietAspar Team MotoGPART01:54.2
12Roger Lee PasiniSpeedmasterART01:54.4
13Karel AbrahamCardion AB MotoracingDucati GP1201:54.4
14Hector BarberaPramac Racing TeamDucati GP1201:54.6
15Colin EdwardsForward RacingSuter01:54.7
16Ivan SilvaBQRBQR-FTR01:54.7
17Yonny HernandezBQRBQR-FTR01:54.9
18Danilo PetrucciIoda Racing ProjectIoda01:55.8
19Michele PirroHonda GresiniFTR01:56.1
20James EllisonPaul Bird RacingART01:57.5