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Pedrosa on the pace in Mugello warm-up

Pedrosa on the pace in Mugello warm-up

In an important warm-up run-out this morning at Mugello following yesterday's rain hampered qualifying and practice sessions, Dani Pedrosa got a boost of confidence ahead of the sixth race of the season as he topped the timesheets again.

In an important warm-up run-out this morning at Mugello following yesterday's rain hampered qualifying and practice sessions, Dani Pedrosa got a boost of confidence ahead of the sixth race of the season as he topped the timesheets again.

The Repsol Honda rider has a great record at Mugello but will need a superb performance and a large slice of luck to repeat his 2005 250cc victory this afternoon as he starts eighth on the grid.

The young Spaniard lapped in 1'50.581 this morning on a dry track, to head the timesheets as he has done in every dry session this weekend. He was followed on the timesheets by Rizla Suzuki's John Hopkins, Honda Gresini's Marco Melandri, Pramac d'Antin's Alex Barros and Melandri's team-mate Toni Elias.

Under grey clouds with the threat of more rain a clear possibility. pole man Casey Stoner was seventh fastest, Valentino Rossi eighth and Nicky Hayden 12th.

In the 250cc warm-up Jorge Lorenzo was the man on the pace and he will need every advantage he can get this afternoon if he is to come from 20th on the grid to register a decent result and maintain his current 32 point lead in the general classification.

Just behind the 250cc World Champion on the timesheets this morning were usual suspects Hector Barbera, Alex de Angelis, Andrea Dovizioso and Alvaro Bautista.

In the 125cc warm-up Mattia Pasini again led the way as he has done so often in practice and qualifying this year. Yesterday's qualifying session was not one of his best however and he will need to come from ninth on the grid to record a podium finish at his home race, if he is to kick-start a season which has promised so much but been blighted by bad luck.

The Polaris World man topped the timesheets ahead of Gabor Talmacsi, Simone Corsi, Andrea Iannone and Sergio Gadea.

Tags:
MotoGP, 2007, GRAN PREMIO D'ITALIA ALICE, WUP, Dani Pedrosa

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