Pedrosa tops Jerez post-race test The MotoGP teams returned to the scene of yesterday’s dramatic Grand Prix of Spain for a testing session Monday, and Dani Pedrosa set the fastest time of the day with Valentino Rossi not far behind.
After his valiant second place in the race on Sunday, Pedrosa was immediately fast again Monday and set his quickest time - a benchmark of 1m 39.425s - on only his fifth lap out of the pits. The time was three tenths of a second inside the new race lap record the Spaniard set yesterday. Pedrosa emerged unscathed from a fall towards the end of the session and ended the day in an upbeat mood.
The MotoGP teams now leave the sunshine of Andalucia and starts preparations for round three of the MotoGP world championship - the Grand Prix of France - which takes place on May 23 at the famous Le Mans circuit.
DANI PEDROSA – 1st 1m 39.425s 60 laps “This was a useful day of testing and we spent some time working in detail on suspension adjustments - some of the things we didn’t have the time to test in the pre-season because we were focusing on other issues. We also tried a modified spec engine and collected some information for the development engineers, but it’s too early to say whether it’s a step forward yet because we only had two runs out of the pits with it. The crash was a little strange and I wasn’t expecting it, but the important thing is that I’m not hurt and I can look forward to Le Mans which is a circuit I’ve raced well at before. I’m looking forward to the next round.”
Results Dani Pedrosa Repsol Honda 1’39.425 Valentino Rossi Fiat Yamaha 1’39.480 Jorge Lorenzo Fiat Yamaha 1’39.506 Randy De Puniet LRC Honda 1’39.609 Andrea Dovizioso Repsol Honda 1’39.760 Casey Stoner Marlboro Ducati 1’39.786 Nicky Hayden Marlboro Ducati 1’39.906 Ben Spies Yamaha Tech3 1’39.958 Loris Capirossi Rizla Suzuki 1’40.040 Colin Edwards Yamaha Tech3 1’40.042 Marco Melandri San Carlo Honda 1’40.129 Marco Simoncelli San Carlo Honda 1’40.370 Mika Kallio Pramac Ducati 1’40.446 Alvaro Bautista Rizla Suzuki 1’40.463 Hiroshi Aoyama Interwetten Honda 1’40.470 Aleix Espargaro Pramac Ducati 1’40.686 Hector Barbera Aspar MotoGP team 1’40.932
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