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Pedrosa at the front as day two passes halfway

Pedrosa at the front as day two passes halfway

The Repsol Honda rider was the first rider to break under the 1'56” barrier as he topped the timesheet just after halfway through the second and final day of the Qatar MotoGP Test, as the riders battled tough conditions at the start.

Dani Pedrosa, fastest on day one at the MotoGP Test in Qatar, was again leading the way by 9pm local time on Monday, the second and final day of the last pre-season Test for 2011. The Repsol Honda's effort of 1'55.745, set by 9pm local time and with two hours of the session remaining, was the first sub-1'56” lap of the Test so far.

That placed the Spaniard 0.438s ahead of team-mate Casey Stoner, who with a 1'56.183 was second ahead of Factory Yamaha Racing's Ben Spies and third factory Honda team rider Andrea Dovizioso. The session had a far from straightforward start however, as strong winds had blown sand across the track surface meaning that the riders were slow to emerge from Pit Lane due to the conditions.

World Champion Jorge Lorenzo was the final rider to get within a second of Pedrosa after three hours, the Factory Yamaha Racing rider 0.962s off his compatriot's marker with an effort of 1'56.707. Álvaro Bautista (Rizla Suzuki), Hiroshi Aoyama, Marco Simoncelli (both San Carlo Honda Gresini), Valentino Rossi (Ducati Team) and Héctor Barberá (Mapfre Aspar Team) completed the top ten with three hours gone.

Rossi was forced into the Ducati garage when mechanical issues just before 9pm local time, whilst Barberá and rookie Cal Crutchlow (Monster Yamaha Tech 3) experienced falls at Turns 2 and 10 respectively.

You can view the updated times by clicking here. Check back on for a full end of day report at the conclusion of the session, with video highlights, interviews and reaction.

MotoGP, 2011

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