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Jerez day two: Pedrosa tops timesheet ahead of Rossi

Jerez day two: Pedrosa tops timesheet ahead of Rossi

Just as the sun was setting on the Jerez circuit in Southern Spain this afternoon, Dani Pedrosa became the first rider to break the 1'40 barrier at the final MotoGP test of 2007.

Just as the sun was setting on the Jerez circuit in Southern Spain this afternoon, Dani Pedrosa became the first rider to break the 1'40 barrier at the final MotoGP test of 2007. The Spaniard, who took pole at the track at the beginning of the year, recorded a fastest time of 1'39.993 onboard his Honda RC212V.

Valentino Rossi was the second quickest rider of the day, going faster on his Bridgestone debut than he had this time last year on a Michelin-shod Yamaha M1. The Italian has taken little time to adjust to the change in tyre manufacturer and, as he did yesterday, used the 2007 version of the bike to record his fastest time of the day.

The five-time MotoGP World Champion recorded a best time of 1'40.134 at the Spanish circuit, where he has won five times in the premier class and where he this year took the BMW M prize for the fastest rider in a timed ‘shootout' session. He and Pedrosa were the only riders to go round faster than 2007 World Champion Casey Stoner's 1'40.221 marker from yesterday.

Dropping to eighth on the timesheets, Stoner's 2007 came to a premature end this afternoon as he injured ligaments in his shoulder with a huge crash at turn three. The Australian did not reappear after the incident, and will not be riding at tomorrow's final day of testing before the December-January testing ban. Jerez has been something of a bogey circuit for the 22 year-old this year, as he crashed at the MotoGP Official Test and during yesterday's first session with the Ducati Desmosedici GP8.

Two 2007 title-winning riders at the Jerez circuit took a tumble this afternoon, with 250cc World Champion and MotoGP rookie Jorge Lorenzo crashing just after midday. The Spaniard was able to go back out on his second bike, and cut his times from those put in yesterday onboard the factory Yamaha M1.

Rossi was the only non-Honda rider in the top seven today, with the Japanese factory's satellite riders in particularly fine form. Shinya Nakano and Alex de Angelis, who crashed during the afternoon but was unhurt in the incident, occupied the third and fourth spots respectively having only ridden the Honda RC212V at the post-race test in Valencia earlier this month. JiR Team Scot's Andrea Dovizioso and Repsol Honda's 2006 World Champion Nicky Hayden completed the top six, ahead of LCR Honda's Randy de Puniet.

The final day of MotoGP testing for 2007 takes place tomorrow, with a test embargo then coming into place until mid-January for the premier class field.

MotoGP Jerez Test - Day two official times
1. Dani Pedrosa - Repsol Honda 1'39.993
2. Valentino Rossi - Fiat Yamaha 1'40.134
3. Shinya Nakano - Honda Gresini 1'40.251
4. Alex de Angelis - Honda Gresini 1'40.332
5. Andrea Dovizioso - JiR Scot 1'40.650
6. Nicky Hayden - Repsol Honda 1'40.692
7. Randy de Puniet - Honda LCR 1'40.820
8. Casey Stoner - Ducati Marlboro 1'40.833
9. Colin Edwards - Yamaha Tech3 1'40.838
10. Jorge Lorenzo - Fiat Yamaha 1'40.883
11. John Hopkins - Kawasaki Racing 1'40.939
12. James Toseland - Yamaha Tech3 1'41.278
13. Marco Melandri - Ducati Marlboro 1'41.424
14. Anthony West - Kawasaki Racing 1'41.729
15. Niccolo Canepa - Ducati Marlboro 1'42.188
16. Taddy Okada - Repsol HRC 1'43.143
17. Vittoriano Guareschi - Ducati Marlboro 1'43.399
18. Shinichi Ito - Bridgestone Team 1'43.869

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MotoGP, 2007

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