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Pedrosa tops German GP practice
Repsol Honda’s Dani Pedrosa finished on top of the timesheets today in first practice for the German Grand Prix and laid the foundations for a strong weekend at the Sachsenring. The 24-year-old lapped consistently quickly on his RC212V and finished the practice period a significant 0.274s ahead of his nearest rival in a very close session where the top 13 riders were covered by less than one second. Dovizioso was just 0.875s back from his Repsol Honda team-mate, which translated to tenth position due to the closeness of the times.

Pedrosa once again displayed his affinity with the tight and technical German track by setting four laps in today’s session that were quicker than any other rider. Tomorrow he will be looking for a repeat of the pole position he secured here in 2006 during his debut MotoGP season.

The hot weather from the last race at Barcelona has followed the MotoGP series to Germany, with today’s session taking place in 36 degrees C ambient temperature. Forecasts predict the possibility of a thunderstorm for tomorrow, with Sunday’s 30-lap race, starting at 14.00, expected to be dry.
“It’s great because for the first time this season I’ve got the best time on Friday and this is a very positive step for us. We normally struggle initially, but today we did a very good job in first practice and I’m very happy for this. It’s also a good result because tomorrow it could rain and so it was very important to get the basic set-up fixed on the first day here. I hope we will have one more practice session in the dry tomorrow, but it looks likely that at least one session will be wet. Today we were focused mainly on trying the different Bridgestone tire compounds available for the race, and we were able to be fast with the soft and also with the hard option. For tomorrow we need to keep working on the suspension and the electronics because I think we can still improve in some parts of the lap.”



Rider Time Nat Bike Team
1 Dani Pedrosa 1m 22.521 SPA HONDA Repsol Honda Team
2 Casey Stoner 1m 22.795 AUS DUCATI Ducati Marlboro Team
3 Nicky Hayden 1m 22.983 USA DUCATI Ducati Marlboro Team
4 Ben Spies 1m 23.189 USA YAMAHA Tech 3 Yamaha
5 Marco Simoncelli 1m 23.204 ITA HONDA San Carlo Honda Gresini
6 Jorge Lorenzo 1m 23.224 SPA YAMAHA Fiat Yamaha Team
7 Valentino Rossi 1m 23.244 ITA YAMAHA Fiat Yamaha Team
8 Randy De Puniet 1m 23.260 FRA HONDA LCR Honda MotoGP
9 Marco Melandri 1m 23.290 ITA HONDA San Carlo Honda Gresini
10 Andrea Dovizioso 1m 23.400 ITA HONDA Repsol Honda Team
11 Mika Kallio 1m 23.422 FIN DUCATI Pramac Racing
12 Aleix Espargaro 1m 23.430 SPA DUCATI Pramac Racing
13 Colin Edwards 1m 23.440 USA YAMAHA Tech 3 Yamaha
14 Loris Capirossi 1m 23.589 ITA SUZUKI Rizla Suzuki MotoGP
15 Hector Barbera 1m 23.599 SPA DUCATI Paginas Amarillas Aspar
16 Alvaro Bautista 1m 24.020 SPA SUZUKI Rizla Suzuki MotoGP
17 Alex De Angelis 1m 24.101 SM HONDA Interwetten Honda MotoGP
18 Alex De Angelis - SM HONDA Interwetten Honda MotoGP

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