Pedrosa fastest under difficult weather conditions in Jerez

The Grand Prix of Spain, second round of the 2012 MotoGP World Championship, got under way at Jerez circuit today with Repsol Honda's Dani Pedrosa, who makes his 100th premier class start on Sunday ,leading the time sheets with a fastest lap of 1'50.780.

The first day of practice was affected by sporadic rain. The riders didn't get out on track in the morning session and they started working with the wet set up in the afternoon to prepare the first European race that is expected, and most likely to be under rain conditions.

DANI PEDROSA 1st 1'50.780

"It has been a strange day due to the weather conditions. In the morning we decided to not go out because the track was not wet enough then we had more or less the same conditions in the afternoon, but it was necessary to do some laps and get some rhythm. The first feeling on the bike was good for me, the bike felt good and I'm riding well but I hope we have better weather tomorrow, full dry or full wet. Anyway, it is important for us to do a good qualifying practice tomorrow and we will need to be clever and quick because the conditions can easily change and in one minute can be the option to make the lap time for the pole and one minute later can be a disaster. So let's keep focused and try to do a good job".

Practice Results

Pos Rider Time Nat Bike Team
1 Dani Pedrosa 1'50.780 SPA HONDA Repsol Honda Team
2 Valentino Rossi 1'51.440 ITA DUCATI Ducati Team
3 Jorge Lorenzo 1'51.873 SPA YAMAHA Yamaha Factory Racing Team
4 Casey Stoner 1'52.106 AUS HONDA Repsol Honda Team
5 Nicky Hayden 1'52.254 USA DUCATI Ducati Team
6 Andrea Dovizioso 1'53.070 ITA YAMAHA Monster Yamaha Tech 3
7 Alvaro Bautista 1'53.166 SPA HONDA San Carlo Honda Gresini
8 Cal Crutchlow 1'53.352 GBR YAMAHA Monster Yamaha Tech 3
9 Ben Spies 1'53.409 USA YAMAHA Yamaha Factory Racing Team
10 Stefan Bradl 1'53.409 GER HONDA LCR Honda MotoGP
11 Randy De Puniet 1'54.155 FRA ART Aspar Team MotoGP
12 Mattia Pasini 1'54.370 ITA ART Speed Master
13 Karel Abraham 1'54.378 CZE DUCATI Cardion AB Motoracing
14 Hector Barbera 1'54.581 SPA DUCATI Pramac Racing
15 Colin Edwards 1'54.707 USA SUTER NGM Mobile Forward Racing
16 Ivan Silva 1'54.748 SPA BQR-FTR BQR
17 Yonny Hernandez 1'54.915 COL BQR-FTR BQR
18 Danilo Petrucci 1'55.752 ITA IODA Ioda Racing Project
19 Michelle Pirro 1'56.067 ITA HONDA San Carlo Honda Gresini
20 James Ellison 1'57.475 GBR ART Paul Bird Racing
21 Aleix Espargaro 1'57.789 ESP ART Aspar Team MotoGP

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