Repsol Hondas dominate Motegi practice

Dani Pedrosa on his way to the fastest time

Dani Pedrosa on his way to the fastest time

Repsol Honda trio Dani Pedrosa, Casey Stoner and Andrea Dovizioso have topped the times at the end of the opening day of practice in Motegi.

Pedrosa’s best time of 1:46.79s proved 0.05s quicker than Stoner’s late flyer, after the Australian had topped Practice 1 earlier in the day.

Dovizioso was a further 0.11s back in third, while the San Carlo Gresini Honda entry of Marco Simoncelli rounded out the top four.

Jorge Lorenzo and Nicky Hayden flew the flag for Yamaha and Ducati respectively in fifth and sixth positions, albeit over 0.5s adrift of Pedrosa.

Local Kousuke Akiyoshi was the quickest of the riders making a one-off appearance in Japan, while Australian MotoGP debutant Damian Cudlin was a full 4.56s adrift of Pedrosa’s benchmark, despite improving his own time by more than two seconds from Practice 1.

See below for the full Practice 2 times

Pos.

Rider

Team

Bike

Time

Gap 1st/Prev.

1 Dani PEDROSA Repsol Honda Team Honda 1’46.790
2 Casey STONER Repsol Honda Team Honda 1’46.844 0.054 / 0.054
3 Andrea DOVIZIOSO Repsol Honda Team Honda 1’46.952 0.162 / 0.108
4 Marco SIMONCELLI San Carlo Honda Gresini Honda 1’47.188 0.398 / 0.236
5 Jorge LORENZO Yamaha Factory Racing Yamaha 1’47.310 0.520 / 0.122
6 Nicky HAYDEN Ducati Team Ducati 1’47.381 0.591 / 0.071
7 Hiroshi AOYAMA San Carlo Honda Gresini Honda 1’47.785 0.995 / 0.404
8 Valentino ROSSI Ducati Team Ducati 1’47.975 1.185 / 0.190
9 Hector BARBERA Mapfre Aspar Team MotoGP Ducati 1’48.055 1.265 / 0.080
10 Colin EDWARDS Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 1’48.076 1.286 / 0.021
11 Alvaro BAUTISTA Rizla Suzuki MotoGP Suzuki 1’48.097 1.307 / 0.021
12 Randy DE PUNIET Pramac Racing Team Ducati 1’48.374 1.584 / 0.277
13 Cal CRUTCHLOW Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 1’48.379 1.589 / 0.005
14 Ben SPIES Yamaha Factory Racing Yamaha 1’48.567 1.777 / 0.188
15 Toni ELIAS LCR Honda MotoGP Honda 1’48.743 1.953 / 0.176
16 Karel ABRAHAM Cardion AB Motoracing Ducati 1’49.305 2.515 / 0.562
17 Kousuke AKIYOSHI LCR Honda MotoGP Honda 1’49.464 2.674 / 0.159
18 Shinichi ITO Honda Racing Team Honda 1’49.673 2.883 / 0.209
19 Damian CUDLIN Pramac Racing Team Ducati 1’51.349 4.559 / 1.676

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