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Pedrosa bites back on Saturday morning

Pedrosa bites back on Saturday morning

After watching Jorge Lorenzo –his rival for home fans´ affections this weekend in Jerez- set the pace on Friday afternoon, Dani Pedrosa came out swinging on the second day of MotoGP practice in southern Spain.

After watching Jorge Lorenzo –his rival for home fans´ affections this weekend in Jerez- set the pace on Friday afternoon, Dani Pedrosa came out swinging on the second day of MotoGP practice in southern Spain. The Repsol Honda rider exploded from the blocks to record a time of 1'40.337 on only his sixth lap of the morning, within two hundredths of a second of his nemesis´ marker and setting the stage perfectly for this afternoon´s qualifying session.

Running a consistent pace throughout the first three sessions thus far, Tech 3 Yamaha´s Colin Edwards split up an extremely tight top four with a time just 0.065 slower than that of Pedrosa, clocked on his final lap of the session. In doing so, he separated the Honda factory rider from his team-mate, 2006 World Champion Nicky Hayden, in the morning standings.

Rizla Suzuki´s Loris Capirossi was also within a tenth of a second of Pedrosa´s time, the oldest rider on the grid finishing higher up the session standings than the youngest (Lorenzo) for the first time. Lorenzo was one of the only riders not to improve upon his fastest Friday lap, a list that also encompassed team-mate Valentino Rossi, Tech 3 Yamaha´s James Toseland and the Alice Team duo of Sylvain Guintoli & Toni Elias.

JiR Team Scot rookie Andrea Dovizioso, 2007 World Champion Casey Stoner, five-time Jerez winner Rossi, LCR Honda rider Randy de Puniet and Rizla Suzuki´s Australian star Chris Vermeulen completed a morning top ten packed to the brim with talent and separated by less than a second.

MotoGP qualifying takes place at 1:55pm local time.

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