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.
|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|