Dani Pedrosa's astonishing 349.3km/h (217.1mph) top speed during the Italian Grand Prix weekend has now been officially confirmed, making it a new MotoGP record.

Pedrosa's 800cc RC212V set the speed during Friday's free practice session, but was subject to official confirmation by timing specialists at Dorna after differences were found in the results produced by the telemetric systems on some bikes.

However, the official MotoGP website states that Pedrosa's top speed has now been confirmed.

The previous official top speed record for a motorcycle grand prix machine was 343.7km/h (213.6mph) set by Makoto Tamada, on a 990cc Honda, during qualifying at Shanghai in 2006.

The Chinese circuit is no longer on the world championship calendar, but the previous highest official top speed at Mugello was 343km/h (213.1mph) set by Alex Barros on a 990cc factory Honda during the 2004 race.

Pedrosa crashed out of Sunday's wet/dry grand prix, which was won by Ducati's Casey Stoner.

The official event maximum speeds during the Mugello weekend are as follows:

1.Dani PedrosaSPA Repsol Honda Team349.300 km/h(FP1)
2.Mika Kallio FIN Pramac Racing348.100 km/h(FP1)
3.Valentino RossiITA Fiat Yamaha Team344.300 km/h(FP1)
4.Niccolo CanepaITA Pramac Racing343.400 km/h(FP1)
5.Jorge LorenzoSPA Fiat Yamaha Team342.400 km/h(FP1)
6.Marco MelandriITA Hayate Racing Team342.200 km/h(FP1)
7.Nicky Hayden USA Ducati Marlboro Team341.600 km/h(FP1)
8.Andrea DoviziosoITA Repsol Honda Team341.100 km/h(FP1)
9.Casey StonerAUS Ducati Marlboro Team340.8 km/h(FP2)
10.Alex de AngelisRSM San Carlo Honda Gresini340.500 km/h(FP1)
11.Loris CapirossiITA Rizla Suzuki MotoGP339.800 km/h(FP1)
12.Colin Edwards USA Monster Yamaha Tech 3339.000 km/h(FP1)
13.Toni Elias SPA San Carlo Honda Gresini338.300 km/h(Race)
14.Randy de PunietFRA LCR Honda MotoGP337.600 km/h(FP1)
15.Yuki TakahashiJPN Scot Racing Team MotoGP337.100 km/h(FP1)
16.Chris Vermeulen AUS Rizla Suzuki MotoGP335.900 km/h(FP2)
17.James ToselandGBR Monster Yamaha Tech 3334.100 km/h(Race)

 

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