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Pedrosa tops Friday practice at Aragon
Repsol Honda rider Dani Pedrosa was fastest overall in today’s two opening MotoGP practice sessions as the Grand Prix of Aragon - which is a brand new event on the world championship calendar - got under way. In the morning Pedrosa wasted no time in laying down his marker for the weekend by heading straight to the top of the timesheets and staying there for almost the entire 45-minute period, finishing a healthy 0.411s ahead of second placed rider Nicky Hayden. Andrea Dovizioso also slipped smoothly into his stride, joining Pedrosa at the head of the times in the first half of the morning session before dropping back to eighth on his second outing from the pits.

Pedrosa is looking to record his third MotoGP victory in succession this weekend, and on today’s evidence his rivals need to keep a close eye on the 24-year-old Spaniard, who announced a new two-year contract with Honda yesterday. In the afternoon period which began with rain falling steadily, Pedrosa was again consistently quickest in the first half the session and, although he was not on track due to a minor electrical issue when lap times came down significantly on a drying surface in the final ten minutes, Pedrosa had already displayed his pace in both wet and dry conditions today. With the wet afternoon session, today’s fastest times were set in the morning.

Practice Results
1 Dani Pedrosa 1m 50.506 SPA HONDA Repsol Honda Team
2 Nicky Hayden 1m 50.917 USA DUCATI Ducati Marlboro Team
3 Jorge Lorenzo 1m 50.928 SPA YAMAHA Fiat Yamaha Team
4 Casey Stoner 1m 51.195 AUS DUCATI Ducati Marlboro Team
5 Marco Simoncelli 1m 51.768 ITA HONDA San Carlo Honda Gresini
6 Valentino Rossi 1m 51.769 ITA YAMAHA Fiat Yamaha Team
7 Hector Barbera 1m 51.792 SPA DUCATI Paginas Amarillas Aspar
8 Andrea Dovizioso 1m 51.845 ITA HONDA Repsol Honda Team
9 Colin Edwards 1m 52.027 USA YAMAHA Tech 3 Yamaha
10 Ben Spies 1m 52.141 USA YAMAHA Tech 3 Yamaha
11 Marco Melandri 1m 52.321 ITA HONDA San Carlo Honda Gresini
12 Randy De Puniet 1m 52.340 FRA HONDA LCR Honda MotoGP
13 Aleix Espargaro 1m 52.752 SPA DUCATI Pramac Racing
14 Alvaro Bautista 1m 52.822 SPA SUZUKI Rizla Suzuki MotoGP
15 Mika Kallio 1m 53.190 FIN DUCATI Pramac Racing
16 Hiroshi Aoyama 1m 53.512 JPN HONDA Interwetten Honda MotoGP

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