Pedrosa tops Friday MotoGP practice at LeMans Repsol Honda rider Dani Pedrosa made a great start to his French GP weekend by setting the pace in today’s opening practice sessions aboard his RC212V. Team-mate Nicky Hayden had a more difficult day, ending up 12th fastest, but the American is confident of improvement tomorrow, so long as the forecast rain stays away.
With showers predicted for tomorrow, there was extra pressure on the team to find the best-possible set-up during today’s two one-hour outings, Pedrosa looking superbly smooth and controlled around the historic French circuit, while Hayden worked to improve corner-entry performance.
Le Mans has been slightly modified for this year’s event. The Garage Vert hairpin at the bottom of the circuit been adapted to improve run-off.
“We worked very hard today because we heard that the weather forecast for tomorrow isn’t so good," said Pedrosa. "At least we did get two hours of dry track time, which we dedicated to quickly finding a good basic set-up and then doing some work on tire choice for Sunday’s race. The revised part of the circuit seems quite bumpy, so I ran straight on there several times during the day, same as a few other riders. Overall I’m feeling quite happy about my machine after this first day but we must keep our heads down and keep working hard because the top few riders are all very close together on lap times.”
“The problem here is the weather forecast. That made it extra important for both riders to find a good setting today, in case there is some rain during tomorrow’s two sessions. Dani seems quite happy, Nicky still has some work to do. Michelin are doing a great job with the tires, they’re coming up with many good solutions whatever the weather: hot, cold, rain.”
Free Practice 2 - results 1 D. PEDROSA SPA Repsol Honda Team 1'34.227 2 C. STONER AUS Ducati Marlboro Team × 0.049 3 C. EDWARDS USA Tech 3 Yamaha × 0.060 4 J. LORENZO SPA Fiat Yamaha Team × 0.260 5 C. VERMEULEN AUS Rizla Suzuki MotoGP × 0.403 6 V. ROSSI ITA Fiat Yamaha Team × 0.732 7 S. NAKANO JPN San Carlo Honda Gresini × 0.820 8 R. DE PUNIET FRA LCR Honda MotoGP × 0.846 9 J. HOPKINS USA Kawasaki Racing Team × 0.906 10 A. DE ANGELIS RSM San Carlo Honda Gresini × 1.012 11 L. CAPIROSSI ITA Rizla Suzuki MotoGP × 1.029 12 N. HAYDEN USA Repsol Honda Team × 1.151 13 A. DOVIZIOSO ITA JiR Team Scot MotoGP × 1.223 14 M. MELANDRI ITA Ducati Marlboro Team × 1.451 15 J. TOSELAND GBR Tech 3 Yamaha × 1.621 16 A. WEST AUS Kawasaki Racing Team × 1.650 17 T. ELIAS SPA Alice Team × 1.812 18 S. GUINTOLI FRA Alice Team × 2.187
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