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Dani Pedrosa tops day one times at Motegi

'The track conditions were very good, the warm temperatures helped as did the new surface, so we were able to do the job we wanted' - Dani Pedrosa
Dani Pedrosa turned the tables on MotoGP title rival Jorge Lorenzo to gain the upper hand after opening practice at Motegi in Japan.

The Repsol Honda star, who is 33 points behind Lorenzo in the championship, had to play second fiddle to Lorenzo in FP1 before hitting the top in the afternoon session as he posted the quickest lap of the day on his RCV in a time of 1m 46.088s.

Pedrosa, who tested the hard and soft compound Bridgestone rear tyres in fine conditions at the Japanese circuit, lapped inside the circuit record of 1m46.090s he set in 2011.

The diminutive Spaniard is striving to keep the pressure on Lorenzo in the championship battle and made the perfect start as he targets a maximum 25 points on Sunday.

“Today was a perfect day for practice. The track conditions were very good, the warm temperatures helped as did the new surface, so we were able to do the job we wanted,” said Pedrosa.

“The main target today was to test the tyres and we completed some good laps on both hard and soft compounds.

“The asphalt is new and the grip is quite good, so the lap times are pretty fast from the beginning.

“We also did some work on the suspension and the mapping to will keep improving on this tomorrow.”

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RiRi - Unregistered

October 12, 2012 12:17 PM

My goodness ... how determined is Dani! Even if he would not win this title, he deserved major respect. No fun to watch Lorenzo easily sliding towards the title just being satisfied with second places. I wish the real fight would last till the end of championship, keeping it top interesting! No matter what we would see at the end Dani has already won - finally showing his has strong personality! And what a nice one!

ET - Unregistered

October 12, 2012 5:06 PM

Dani deserves nothing but respect for his riding this year, something that has been lacking in the past. I have always supported the little guy, just really like the way he rides the bike, there must be problems for him in certain situations where his size is a handicap. It seems that he is more competitive since Casy had his injury, maybe the team is paying more attention to him in relation to set up, maybe its just Dani relaxing more as he doesn't have to beat a very fast team mate, if he loses the world championship because of the bike problem at the aborted start or more significantly being taken out by Barbera on that 1st lap, I hope he will be respected for the brilliant rider he is.

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