Dani Pedrosa on top in practice at Brno

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Saturday 25th August, 2012 - 9:38am

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Dani Pedrosa

Dani Pedrosa

Repsol Honda’s Dani Pedrosa has continued his strong MotoGP form in Brno, topping the time sheets on the first day of free practice.

Pedrosa was fastest in both the morning and afternoon sessions, but was a victim of a strange incident in FP1 when a rider in front of him strayed slightly off track, kicking stones into his path.

Such was the impact that the stones smashed Dani’s front screen on his Honda and stones also hit his helmet and left foot. The Spanish rider was left limping after the impact, but solidered on to finish the session at the top of the time sheets.

Pedrosa managed to shake of the pain in time for FP2 and traded fastest laps throughout the session with Yamaha rider Jorge Lorenzo. He eventually came out on top with a 1m56.858 time.

With his Australian team-mate Casey Stoner out of action due to an ankle injury he sustained at Indianapolis, Pedrosa was pleased with his day’s progress, but admitted his Honda team still has work.

“Today we spent time working on the tyres and set up of the bike,” he explained.

“We were trying to get the maximum time on the track, as tomorrow we don’t know how the weather will be so it was important to have a lot of time in the dry.

“The feelings were improving but we still have some work to do especially with electronics and suspension.”

Lorenzo set the second fastest time in both sessions, despite an off-track moment in the FP2.

Tech 3 Yamaha’s Andrea Dovizioso was third in both, shadowed by his team-mate Cal Crutchlow.

Practice results, Brno.

Free Practice 1

Pos. Num. Rider Nation Team Bike Km/h Time Gap 1st/Prev.
1 26 Dani PEDROSA SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 308.0 1’57.003  
2 99 Jorge LORENZO SPA Yamaha Factory Racing Yamaha 303.6 1’57.149 0.146 / 0.146
3 4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO ITA Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 304.1 1’57.189 0.186 / 0.040
4 35 Cal CRUTCHLOW GBR Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 301.0 1’57.418 0.415 / 0.229
5 11 Ben SPIES USA Yamaha Factory Racing Yamaha 302.3 1’57.446 0.443 / 0.028
6 19 Alvaro BAUTISTA SPA San Carlo Honda Gresini Honda 305.1 1’57.501 0.498 / 0.055
7 46 Valentino ROSSI ITA Ducati Team Ducati 301.8 1’58.171 1.168 / 0.670
8 6 Stefan BRADL GER LCR Honda MotoGP Honda 304.4 1’58.345 1.342 / 0.174
9 14 Randy DE PUNIET FRA Power Electronics Aspar ART 290.2 1’58.667 1.664 / 0.322
10 68 Yonny HERNANDEZ COL Avintia Blusens BQR 286.1 1’59.256 2.253 / 0.589
11 17 Karel ABRAHAM CZE Cardion AB Motoracing Ducati 305.0 1’59.256 2.253
12 41 Aleix ESPARGARO SPA Power Electronics Aspar ART 284.1 1’59.504 2.501 / 0.248
13 24 Toni ELIAS SPA Pramac Racing Team Ducati 305.9 1’59.881 2.878 / 0.377
14 54 Mattia PASINI ITA Speed Master ART 288.5 2’00.206 3.203 / 0.325
15 5 Colin EDWARDS USA NGM Mobile Forward Racing Suter 289.5 2’00.531 3.528 / 0.325
16 51 Michele PIRRO ITA San Carlo Honda Gresini FTR 286.9 2’00.715 3.712 / 0.184
17 22 Ivan SILVA SPA Avintia Blusens BQR 283.0 2’01.302 4.299 / 0.587
18 77 James ELLISON GBR Paul Bird Motorsport ART 285.8 2’02.171 5.168 / 0.869
19 9 Danilo PETRUCCI ITA Came IodaRacing Project Ioda 270.2 2’02.244 5.241 / 0.073

Free Practice 2

Pos. Num. Rider Nation Team Bike Km/h Time Gap 1st/Prev.
1 26 Dani PEDROSA SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 307.6 1’56.858  
2 99 Jorge LORENZO SPA Yamaha Factory Racing Yamaha 301.8 1’56.911 0.053 / 0.053
3 4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO ITA Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 302.9 1’57.055 0.197 / 0.144
4 35 Cal CRUTCHLOW GBR Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 300.6 1’57.215 0.357 / 0.160
5 6 Stefan BRADL GER LCR Honda MotoGP Honda 304.1 1’57.250 0.392 / 0.035
6 46 Valentino ROSSI ITA Ducati Team Ducati 302.1 1’57.315 0.457 / 0.065
7 19 Alvaro BAUTISTA SPA San Carlo Honda Gresini Honda 304.3 1’57.573 0.715 / 0.258
8 11 Ben SPIES USA Yamaha Factory Racing Yamaha 300.2 1’57.790 0.932 / 0.217
9 41 Aleix ESPARGARO SPA Power Electronics Aspar ART 287.2 1’59.185 2.327 / 1.395
10 24 Toni ELIAS SPA Pramac Racing Team Ducati 305.8 1’59.228 2.370 / 0.043
11 17 Karel ABRAHAM CZE Cardion AB Motoracing Ducati 304.8 1’59.251 2.393 / 0.023
12 14 Randy DE PUNIET FRA Power Electronics Aspar ART 286.6 1’59.498 2.640 / 0.247
13 51 Michele PIRRO ITA San Carlo Honda Gresini FTR 285.0 1’59.833 2.975 / 0.335
14 68 Yonny HERNANDEZ COL Avintia Blusens BQR 283.2 1’59.886 3.028 / 0.053
15 54 Mattia PASINI ITA Speed Master ART 285.6 2’00.258 3.400 / 0.372
16 5 Colin EDWARDS USA NGM Mobile Forward Racing Suter 286.9 2’00.296 3.438 / 0.038
17 22 Ivan SILVA SPA Avintia Blusens BQR 283.3 2’00.773 3.915 / 0.477
18 77 James ELLISON GBR Paul Bird Motorsport ART 284.2 2’01.137 4.279 / 0.364
19 9 Danilo PETRUCCI ITA Came IodaRacing Project Ioda 270.5 2’01.625 4.767 / 0.488

 

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