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Jerez MotoGP Test – Day 2
Repsol Honda rider Dani Pedrosa finished the second day of testing at the Jerez circuit in Spain by setting the fastest time of the test so far with a lap on Michelin qualifying tires. The 22-year-old confirmed the continuing progress of the new prototype Honda RC212V by setting a mark of 1m 39.993s with his final lap of the day. Considering it was the Spaniard’s first run on qualifying rubber at the Jerez circuit on the new 2008 machine, this compares well with Pedrosa’s pole position time of 1m 39.402s, set here at the Spanish Grand Prix in March. Pedrosa was also topping the timesheets on race rubber today before the top five riders had used qualifiers late this afternoon.

Dani Pedrosa  Fastest lap: 1m 39.993s – 53 laps
“We ended up with the fastest time of the day which is nice, and the day’s testing was pretty productive. We started quite late again this morning after waiting for the track conditions to warm up and we also spent quite a lot of time stopped in the garage making machine setting changes, but this is normal for testing. In the afternoon we did more laps, making further set-up adjustments and continuing the work from yesterday. We’ve been doing short runs of not many laps because it’s a new bike and there are many small things to adjust. When we have done this base work we will begin to do longer runs. My fastest lap today was on qualifying tires because it’s important to see how the bike reacts with the extra grip. It was not a bad lap time, especially since it’s the first time with this bike on qualifiers at Jerez, though we’re not at the level that we were at the end of the season when I took the four pole positions in a row. We didn’t have time to test the other Michelin tire options here today so there’s plenty of work still to do tomorrow.”

Official lap times


Rider Team Time Laps
1 Dani Pedrosa Repsol Honda Team 1m 39.993s 53
2 Valentino Rossi Fiat Yamaha Team 1m 40.134s 67
3 Shinya Nakano Honda Gresini 1m 40.251s 71
4 Alex de Angelis Honda Gresini 1m 40.332s 53
5 Andrea Dovizioso JiR Scot Honda 1m 40.650s 69
6 Nicky Hayden Repsol Honda Team 1m 40.692s 78
7 Randy de Puniet Honda LCR 1m 40.820s 77
8 Casey Stoner Ducati Marlboro Team 1m 40.833s 32
9 Colin Edwards Yamaha Tech 3 1m 40.838s 53
10 Jorge Lorenzo Fiat Yamaha Team 1m 40.883s 57
11 John Hopkins Kawasaki Racing Team 1m 40.939s 65
12 James Toseland Tech 3 Yamaha 1m 41.278s 58
13 Marco Melandri Ducati Marlboro Team 1m 41.424s 82
14 Anthony West Kawasaki Racing Team 1m 41.729s 53

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