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Pedrosa takes over in Spain

Dani Pedrosa fastest during Friday free practice (2) for the Spanish MotoGP at Jerez.
Home hero Dani Pedrosa, who will head for shoulder surgery next week, led the way during a slower second Friday practice session for the Spanish MotoGP at Jerez this afternoon.

An increase in wind and temperatures meant Repsol Honda team-mate Casey Stoner's morning lap time wasn't beaten, and Pedrosa had also been quicker in FP1 than FP2, but the Spaniard nevertheless made the best of the conditions to finish 0.188sec ahead of the Australian during the second 45-minute session.

In terms of combined Friday times, the top seven riders - Stoner, Pedrosa, Valentino Rossi, Marco Simoncelli, Jorge Lorenzo, Andrea Dovizioso and Ben Spies - all set their best lap times this morning.

Yamaha's reigning world champion and 2010 Jerez winner Lorenzo improved from fifth to third this afternoon, 0.522sec from Pedrosa, while Gresini Honda's Simoncelli was fourth in both sessions.

Rossi may not have been able to match his morale-boosting third in FP1, but the seven time MotoGP champion was one of three Ducati riders in the top eight.

Pramac's Randy de Puniet was just one place behind Rossi this afternoon, whose team-mate Nicky Hayden moved from tenth to eighth.

Ninth this afternoon went to Simoncelli's team-mate Hiroshi Aoyama, while rookie Karel Abraham emerged from a scare and a small fall to snare a decent tenth for Cardion AB Ducati.

Third Repsol Honda rider Andrea Dovizioso, who fell at high-speed this morning, was only twelfth - just behind Tech 3 Yamaha's Colin Edwards.

Further back, the Texan's team-mate and Jerez rookie Cal Crutchlow finished in 15th place, ahead of John Hopkins and LCR Honda's Toni Elias.




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hoppy

April 01, 2011 2:39 PM

I cant bring myself to write Dani off but i do have reservations as to whether he can maintain a race winning pace with his arm the way it is.So i still say it is between Casey and Jorge come Sunday.

McbainUK

April 01, 2011 2:38 PM

Shaping up to what looks like an interesting race day. Just hope Casey and Dani don't shoot off into the distance. Nice to see Hopper back in the mix. 2.2s back is a good start. Just hope he doesn't try and go bonkers and drop the thing... just bring it home. For God sake Suzuki, get two bikes on the grid, one for Alvaro (he's a cracking little racer, get well soon) and one for the Hopper. oh and Ducati.. give Randy a factory spec bike too please :)



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