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Last lap push gives Pedrosa early Donington Free Practice advantage

Last lap push gives Pedrosa early Donington Free Practice advantage

Spaniard’s 1’38.627 lap opens up MotoGP practice for British Grand Prix.

A dry line and a determined effort from Dani Pedrosa at the Donington Park circuit on Friday gave the Repsol Honda rider the fastest time of Friday afternoon, in practice for the British Grand Prix. Pedrosa clocked a 1’38.627 lap on his final lap of the day to continue his strong run of form from recent weeks, and take the early advantage ahead of this Sunday’s race.

Second quickest in the session, Casey Stoner recorded the fewest laps of any rider with 16 turns of the British track –some eleven fewer than Pedrosa. He was examining his Ducati Desmosedici GP9 in the garage whilst his rival was reducing his time by 0.245.

World Championship leader Valentino Rossi was third, ahead of Andrea Dovizioso and title challenger Jorge Lorenzo in a top five separated by half a second.

There were difficulties in the session for home rider James Toseland, who had a run off track during the session and was also unable to bring his Monster Yamaha Tech 3 bike back to the pits after an incident at the end of the session.

Track conditions were drier than the drenched 125cc session, although not completely dry.

Tags:
MotoGP, 2009, BRITISH GRAND PRIX, FP1

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