Pedrosa tops opening practice sessions in Germany

Dani Pedrosa

Dani Pedrosa

Dani Pedrosa has topped the opening two practice sessions ahead of this weekend’s MotoGP at the Sachsenring in Germany.

The factory Honda rider was fast in the dry and wet, setting the fast time in the morning’s dry first practice, and copped best with wet conditions in Free Practice 2.

Pedrosa set a time of 1m22.357s in Free Practice 1, enough to demote team-mate Stoner into second after the Australian had been top of the timesheet for the majority of the session.

Factory Yamaha rider Jorge Lorenzo was third, under three tenths off the top, despite nursing a very sore right ankle from his first corner crash at Assen last week.

Monster Yamaha Tech 3’s Andrea Dovizioso continued his good run of form, finishing fourth, in front of his team-mate Cal Crutchlow, who continues to suffer from a fractured left ankle.

Speed Master’s Mattia Pasini suffered an unusual crash in pit lane, as he fell awkwardly on his head avoiding a mechanic in pit-lane. He was declared fit at the track, but headed to the local hospital in Chemnitz for further checks.

In a wet second free practice, Pedrosa edged out local favourite Stefan Bradl and Jorge Lorenzo in the mixed session.

A torrential downpour just before the session saw riders head out gingerly 10 minutes into the practice on full wet tyres. A few minutes later, the majority of riders headed out to dial in their wet weather race set-up. When sun graced the track in the dying moments, a flurry of times saw riders swapping places at the front.

In the end it was Pedrosa who narrowly denied LCR Honda MotoGP’s Bradl a top finish at his home round by a mere 0.007s.

Free Practice 1

Pos. Num. Rider Nation Team Bike Km/h Time Gap 1st/Prev.
1 26 Dani PEDROSA SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 288.6 1’22.357
2 1 Casey STONER AUS Repsol Honda Team Honda 287.2 1’22.444 0.087 / 0.087
3 99 Jorge LORENZO SPA Yamaha Factory Racing Yamaha 284.7 1’22.647 0.290 / 0.203
4 4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO ITA Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 286.5 1’22.922 0.565 / 0.275
5 35 Cal CRUTCHLOW GBR Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 285.0 1’23.081 0.724 / 0.159
6 8 Hector BARBERA SPA Pramac Racing Team Ducati 285.6 1’23.091 0.734 / 0.010
7 69 Nicky HAYDEN USA Ducati Team Ducati 283.6 1’23.092 0.735 / 0.001
8 19 Alvaro BAUTISTA SPA San Carlo Honda Gresini Honda 287.0 1’23.203 0.846 / 0.111
9 6 Stefan BRADL GER LCR Honda MotoGP Honda 289.2 1’23.306 0.949 / 0.103
10 11 Ben SPIES USA Yamaha Factory Racing Yamaha 284.4 1’23.353 0.996 / 0.047
11 46 Valentino ROSSI ITA Ducati Team Ducati 282.2 1’23.481 1.124 / 0.128
12 14 Randy DE PUNIET FRA Power Electronics Aspar ART 269.3 1’24.210 1.853 / 0.729
13 5 Colin EDWARDS USA NGM Mobile Forward Racing Suter 271.8 1’24.560 2.203 / 0.350
14 51 Michele PIRRO ITA San Carlo Honda Gresini FTR 270.7 1’24.659 2.302 / 0.099
15 68 Yonny HERNANDEZ COL Avintia Blusens BQR 266.3 1’24.786 2.429 / 0.127
16 41 Aleix ESPARGARO SPA Power Electronics Aspar ART 268.1 1’24.855 2.498 / 0.069
17 22 Ivan SILVA SPA Avintia Blusens BQR 268.7 1’25.512 3.155 / 0.657
18 2 Franco BATTAINI ITA Cardion AB Motoracing Ducati 280.4 1’25.646 3.289 / 0.134
19 54 Mattia PASINI ITA Speed Master ART 263.2 1’25.839 3.482 / 0.193
20 9 Danilo PETRUCCI ITA Came IodaRacing Project Ioda 256.7 1’25.958 3.601 / 0.119
21 77 James ELLISON GBR Paul Bird Motorsport ART 269.1 1’26.183 3.826 / 0.225

Free Practice 2

Pos. Num. Rider Nation Team Bike Km/h Time Gap 1st/Prev.
1 26 Dani PEDROSA SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 272.1 1’32.228
2 6 Stefan BRADL GER LCR Honda MotoGP Honda 268.1 1’32.304 0.076 / 0.076
3 99 Jorge LORENZO SPA Yamaha Factory Racing Yamaha 275.4 1’32.327 0.099 / 0.023
4 1 Casey STONER AUS Repsol Honda Team Honda 267.2 1’32.408 0.180 / 0.081
5 46 Valentino ROSSI ITA Ducati Team Ducati 273.1 1’32.532 0.304 / 0.124
6 69 Nicky HAYDEN USA Ducati Team Ducati 272.7 1’32.657 0.429 / 0.125
7 35 Cal CRUTCHLOW GBR Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 273.2 1’32.744 0.516 / 0.087
8 4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO ITA Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 275.9 1’32.817 0.589 / 0.073
9 11 Ben SPIES USA Yamaha Factory Racing Yamaha 272.2 1’33.107 0.879 / 0.290
10 8 Hector BARBERA SPA Pramac Racing Team Ducati 272.9 1’33.147 0.919 / 0.040
11 19 Alvaro BAUTISTA SPA San Carlo Honda Gresini Honda 267.9 1’33.227 0.999 / 0.080
12 77 James ELLISON GBR Paul Bird Motorsport ART 249.2 1’34.894 2.666 / 1.667
13 41 Aleix ESPARGARO SPA Power Electronics Aspar ART 261.1 1’34.910 2.682 / 0.016
14 54 Mattia PASINI ITA Speed Master ART 251.4 1’34.946 2.718 / 0.036
15 68 Yonny HERNANDEZ COL Avintia Blusens BQR 261.5 1’35.204 2.976 / 0.258
16 14 Randy DE PUNIET FRA Power Electronics Aspar ART 251.5 1’35.311 3.083 / 0.107
17 9 Danilo PETRUCCI ITA Came IodaRacing Project Ioda 250.5 1’35.355 3.127 / 0.044
18 51 Michele PIRRO ITA San Carlo Honda Gresini FTR 259.3 1’35.461 3.233 / 0.106
19 2 Franco BATTAINI ITA Cardion AB Motoracing Ducati 266.1 1’36.019 3.791 / 0.558
20 22 Ivan SILVA SPA Avintia Blusens BQR 257.3 1’36.800 4.572 / 0.781
5 Colin EDWARDS USA NGM Mobile Forward Racing Suter 231.0 1’43.245 11.017 / 6.445

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