BRNO, Czech Republic – It was Repsol Honda Team’s Dani Pedrosa who set the tone for this weekend’s Czech Republic Motorcycle Grand Prix after setting the fastest time of the day in a crash strewn second MotoGP practice session.
Set in hot conditions on the harder rear tyre, a lap in the high 1.56s placed him ahead of Yamaha Factory Racing’s Jorge Lorenzo, who was a surprise crasher half way through the session, focussing his efforts on the softer rear tyre.
Monster Yamaha Tech 3’s Andrea Dovizioso completed the top three as he continued his good form this season, finishing less that two tenths off the top.
In fourth, his teammate Cal Crutchlow was having a good day as he put in a fast lap at the end of the afternoon session, matching his performance during the morning. LCR Honda MotoGP’s Stefan Bradl set the fifth quickest time of the day, with the German even setting the fastest time in the first sector of the track.
Sixth place was occupied by Ducati Team’s Valentino Rossi, who had one of his best outings all season, finishing less than half a second off Pedrosa’s Honda. San Carlo Honda Gresini’s Álvaro Bautista went seventh fastest, yet crashed out of the afternoon session with three minutes left after pushing for a faster lap.
In eighth, Yamaha’s Ben Spies suffered a similar fate to Bautista, also crashing early on. He was however able to get back out on his second bike for the second half of practice.
In the first session, Pedrosa started the day out right by setting fast time. It was a tight affair, as Pedrosa was just over one tenth ahead of Lorenzo.
Dovizioso, who has proven to be a very strong contender on his satellite Yamaha, was less than a tenth behind the Spaniard. His early form, and the fact the Repsol’s Casey Stoner is missing the event, already make him a possible contender for yet another podium this season.