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Pedrosa ends Jerez test on a high

Pedrosa ends Jerez test on a high

Pedrosa ends Jerez test on a high

Dani Pedrosa continued to impress on the final day of factory Honda tests at Jerez despite a late start caused by morning fog, dipping some seven tenths of a second underneath Sebastián Porto's pole time at the Spanish Grand Prix last April.

Pedrosa's lap of 1'42.9 was easily the quickest of the six official riders present at the test, which also included Hiroshi Aoyama, Jorge Lorenzo, Hector Barberá, Andrea Dovizioso and Yuki Takahashi, and the reigning World Champion was understandably pleased.

"It was almost three months since I had ridden a Grand Prix bike and I was hungry to come back to work and get ready for what promises to be an intense season," commented Pedrosa.

"Here in Jerez we were able to work well, according to the plan, and we continued to improve last year's bike. The objective wasn't to set a fast lap time but to rediscover the feeling and work on the bike, although in the end the times came too. It was a positive first test."

Aoyama was second fastest today ahead of Lorenzo, who again demonstrated his swift adaptation to the category with a string of consistent lap times inside the 1'45 mark. The only crash of the day came from Takahashi just moments from the end of the session but the Japanese rookie escaped without injury.

Testing continues tomorrow with the arrival of the factory Aprilia squad along with several other factory and privateer 250cc and 125cc teams.

Unofficial lap times

Dani Pedrosa (Honda 250cc) 1'42.946 (49 laps)
Hiroshi Aoyama (Honda 250cc) 1'43´892 (56)
Jorge Lorenzo (Honda 250cc) 1'44. 017 (63)
Andrea Dovizioso (Honda 250cc) 1'45.634 (59)
Yuki Takahashi (Honda 250cc) 1'45.816 (64)
Héctor Barberá (Honda 250cc) 1'46.010 (74)
Thomas Lüthi (Honda 125cc) 1'49.076 (57)

250cc, 2005, Dani Pedrosa

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