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Pedrosa's race pace gives Rossi food for thought

Pedrosa's race pace gives Rossi food for thought

Analysis of Dani Pedrosa's lap times in a race simulation during the final free practice period which followed Sunday's special 40 minute qualifying session makes for interesting reading.

Although Valentino Rossi's storming performance in Sunday's special 40 minute 'qualifying session' for the BMW M Award in Jerez took all the initial headlines, an analysis of Dani Pedrosa's lap times in a race simulation during the final free practice session which followed makes for interesting reading.

Performances on qualifying tyres are important but it's on race tyres that the Grands Prix are won so Repsol Honda's Pedrosa will correctly take plenty of confidence from his performance in the last official practice session of preseason.

A number of riders undertook race simulations following the timed shootout and yet again it was the red hot Spaniard who set the pace in his 27 lap run on the Andalusian track. If Pedrosa can reproduce his consistently quick laptimes in front of a passionate home support in the Gran Premio bwin.com de España at the same venue on 25th March he has every chance of winning the race.

The 21 year-old former 125 and 250cc World Champion is widely regarded as having the perfect natural build and riding style for the new 800 era and with 20 consecutive laps under the 1'42 barrier on his RC212V on Sunday he was well ahead of Loris Capirossi's 990cc Jerez Grand Prix winning pace from last year.

Rossi, meanwhile again demonstrated the potential of the Yamaha M1 with qualifiers as he won himself a new BMW M with the fastest ever lap of Jerez. But in the final session of the day the Italian was only able to maintain the sub 1'42 pace in the first half of his own race simulation, tailing off until his last two laps of the 27 were above the 1'43 mark.

If The Doctor starts in pole position when the MotoGP competitors return to Jerez late in March he is likely to have a certain young Spaniard breathing down his neck from the very first corner.

Watch an interview with Pedrosa following the conclusion of this weekend's action in Jerez courtesy of motogp.com.

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MotoGP, 2007, Dani Pedrosa, Valentino Rossi

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