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Pedrosa leaves Le Mans as fastest rider in French test

Pedrosa leaves Le Mans as fastest rider in French test

Repsol Honda´s Dani Pedrosa recorded the fastest time in his first and only day of post-race testing in France.

Dani Pedrosa concluded the first day of post-Grand Prix testing -also his final day at the Le Mans circuit- at the head of the 11 regular rider-strong field of MotoGP stars. The Spaniard clocked a 1´33.106 lap in the late afternoon, before the session concluded at 6pm local time.

Like the majority of those present, Pedrosa´s work was primarily focused on tyre testing. Michelin had brought plenty of material for use by both he and teammate Nicky Hayden to put through the paces, as the only full-time riders shod with French rubber taking part in the post-race activities.

Second on the timesheet was Le Mans racewinner Valentino Rossi, who set his fastest time of 1´33.661 just before 3pm. The Italian was the only Fiat Yamaha rider to perform laps of Le Mans, as teammate Jorge Lorenzo prudently decided against risking further damage to his injured ankles.

Nearly nine-tenths of a second down on the fastest time of the day, Ducati Marlboro rider Casey Stoner used the day to address the respective engine and front tyre problems encountered in the Alice Grand Prix de France. The Australian was third fastest, and will join his teammate Marco Melandri (eleventh quickest today) and Rossi as the sole riders on-track for a second consecutive day.

San Carlo Honda Gresini´s Alex de Angelis was still pushing hard on his only day of testing, a fact reflected by a harmless lowside in the morning. That was to be the only incident of note in an otherwise crash-free session.

Kawasaki and Rizla Suzuki put their full MotoGP line-ups on track, with the former also running test rider Olivier Jacque. HRC-Michelin tester Erwan Nigon joined Jacque in making a one-off appearance at his home track.

MotoGP, 2008

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