Having been fastest in the wet by just 0.155sec on Friday, Dani Pedrosa extended his advantage to over one second in a dry Saturday morning free practice at the Red Bull Indianapolis Grand Prix.

The Repsol Honda rider was fastest for most of the hour, save for a brief interruption by fellow Spaniard Jorge Lorenzo. Pedrosa's best time was a 1min 40.271, which put him 1.015sec ahead of Lorenzo's Fiat Yamaha.

Third fastest was San Carlo Honda Gresini's Alex de Angelis, who charged up the order at the end of the session to finish in front of world champion Valentino Rossi (Fiat Yamaha) and home hero Colin Edwards (Monster Yamaha Tech 3).

Pedrosa's team-mate Andrea Dovizioso edged out Nicky Hayden (Ducati) for fifth, 1.5sec behind the #3, while Niccolo Canepa (Pramac Ducati) jumped from 17th and last on Friday to eighth this morning.

Mika Kallio, substituting for the recuperating Casey Stoner at the factory Ducati team, finished ninth, while Kallio's Pramac replacement Aleix Espargaro was 14th in only his second MotoGP session and first ever in the dry.

The most laps turned were 28 by Dovizioso and Hayden, and the fewest 22 by James Toseland (Monster Yamaha Tech 3). Toseland had been a strong sixth in the wet on Friday, but was only 16th fastest in the dry after a fall.

By Lynne Huntting


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