MotoGP: Pedrosa fastest at Donington

Repsol Honda’s Dani Pedrosa fired the opening shot for this weekend’s British Grand Prix, finishing on top of the timesheets at Donington Park in a session that started very wet and ended almost dry. His factory Honda team-mate Andrea Dovizioso was also on the pace, recording the fourth fastest time with a lap just 0.442s behind Pedrosa.

Rain fell for the first half of the practice this afternoon before sunshine allowed a dry line to slowly develop around the 4.023km (2.500-mile) circuit. Pedrosa used the initial part of the session to work on the wet settings on his RC212V and then began to up the pace, extracting the absolute maximum from Bridgestone’s treaded wet tires on his final flying lap. The surface never fully dried however, and Pedrosa’s fastest lap was 10s off his own lap record at Donington – a time of 1m 28.714s set in 2006.

Dovizioso also took advantage of the ever-changing conditions to analyze the performance of the Honda RC212V in a wide range of grip levels. Once again displaying his prowess in tricky marginal conditions by picking his was around the damp patches that remained on the circuit, Dovizioso climbed steadily to fourth place by the checkered flag and felt he could have gone quicker still at the close of the session. Like Pedrosa, he is confident of a strong showing tomorrow.

Both Repsol Honda riders have previously won two Grands Prix apiece at Donington Park and will be gunning for the hat-trick of wins on Sunday. Qualifying for the 30-lap race takes place tomorrow at 13.55, local time.



Rider Time Nat. Bike Team
1 Dani Pedrosa 1m 38.627 SPA HONDA Repsol Honda Team
2 Casey Stoner 1m 38.872 AUS DUCATI Ducati Marlboro Team
3 Valentino Rossi 1m 38.917 ITA YAMAHA Fiat Yamaha Team
4 Andrea Dovizioso 1m 39.069 ITA HONDA Repsol Honda Team
5 Jorge Lorenzo 1m 39.105 SPA YAMAHA Fiat Yamaha Team
6 Marco Melandri 1m 39.130 ITA KAWASAKI Hayate Racing Team
7 Mika Kallio 1m 39. 209 FIN DUCATI Pramac Racing
8 Colin Edwards 1m 39.379 USA YAMAHA Tech 3 Yamaha
9 Toni Elias 1m 39.755 SPA HONDA San Carlo Honda Gresini
10 Nicky Hayden 1m 40.116 USA DUCATI Ducati Marlboro Team
11 Loris Capirossi 1m 40.419 ITA SUZUKI Rizla Suzuki MotoGP
12 James Toseland 1m 40.522 GBR YAMAHA Tech 3 Yamaha
13 Gabor Talmacsi 1m 40.850 HUN HONDA Scot Racing Team MotoGP
14 Chris Vermeulen 1m 41.467 AUS SUZUKI Rizla Suzuki MotoGP
15 Randy De Puniet 1m 41.861 FRA HONDA LCR Honda MotoGP
16 Alex De Angelis 1m 42.210 SMR HONDA San Carlo Honda Gresini
17 Niccolo Canepa 1m 42.696 ITA DUCATI Pramac Racing

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