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Pedrosa back on the pace at Mugello

Pedrosa back on the pace at Mugello

Following a rain affected Friday afternoon at the Gran Premio d'Italia Alice the MotoGP riders had a chance to get back on the pace this morning on a relatively dry Mugello track, during their third free practice session of the weekend.

Following a rain affected Friday afternoon at the Gran Premio d'Italia Alice the MotoGP riders had a chance to get back on the pace this morning on a relatively dry Mugello track, during their third free practice session of the weekend.

Repsol Honda's Dani Pedrosa topped the timesheets, just ahead of Fiat Yamaha's home favourite Valentino Rossi, mirroring the results of yesterday morning before the rain came.

Although Pedrosa was able to lap in 1'50.108 in this early outing – the best time of the weekend so far without the hindrance of water on the track - the grey clouds hovering above gave a clear sign that there could be rainfall before this afternoon's qualifying session for the sixth race of the season.

Rossi was 0.383s behind Pedrosa this morning and is in search of a sixth consecutive premier class victory at his home track. He will face a stiff challenge from Pedrosa who has enjoyed success at Mugello himself in the past, whilst current World Championship leader Casey Stoner is also likely to be amongst the top contenders for victory.

The young Australian Ducati Marlboro rider was third fastest behind his European counterparts in this session, recording the top speed of the morning of 323.3km/h on his powerful Desmosedici GP07 at the circuit with the second longest main straight on the MotoGP calendar. His best lap was 0.634s slower than Pedrosa's best.

The home fans are sure to enjoy the performances of both the Italian riders and the Ducatis this weekend. Stoner's colleague Loris Capirossi was fourth quickest in the session, Marco Melandri was fifth fastest on his Honda Gresini machinery and Pramac d'Antin's Brazilian veteran Alex Barros was just behind them to make it three Ducati riders in the top six.

Notably elsewhere on the timesheet World Champion Nicky Hayden does not yet appear to have found the rhythm to change his season's fortunes this weekend, lapping 11th fastest and 1.204s slower than his team-mate Pedrosa on the same Honda machinery.

Hayden's compatriot Colin Edwards was 12th fastest and also just over a second off the pace, while fellow Americans Kenny Roberts Jnr and his brother Kurtis propped up the timesheets as they continue to work on the development of the Team Roberts KR212V.

Tags:
MotoGP, 2007, GRAN PREMIO D'ITALIA ALICE, FP3

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