Pedrosa dominates Brno day one

Friday, 12 August 2011

Dani Pedrosa was the fastest man on opening day of the Cardion ab Grand Prix Ceské republiky weekend, ahead of Stoner and Simoncelli.

The 25 year old Repsol Honda rider set off into the second practice session at a blazing pace after crushing the field in the first outing of the day, though was unable to better his time of 1'56.328 that he achieved in the earlier session.

The rest of the field responded, with team mate Casey Stoner (Repsol Honda) moving into second in the later half of the session with a time of 1'56.831, an improvement of 0.436s over his FP1 time and the only other rider to break the 1’57” barrier.

Marco Simoncelli (San Carlo Honda Gresini Team) was unshaken by a crash at the end of FP1 and improved his time by three tenths with a lap of 1'57.136, keeping him third fastest of the day, while reigning MotoGP Champion Jorge Lorenzo (Yamaha Factory Racing) improved his time by four tenths with a time set on lap 15 of 1'57.174 to place him in fourth.

Andrea Dovizioso was again fifth quickest in FP2 and remained fifth fastest of the day with a best time of 1'57.535, ahead of Ben Spies (Yamaha Factory Racing) in sixth position by 0.096s.

Valentino Rossi (Ducati Team), who placed fifth last year at Brno, improved on his FP1 time by over a second, moving him into seventh, while team mate Nicky Hayden was down in 14th. Álvaro Bautista rode his Rizla Suzuki into eighth fastest of the day, ahead of Yamaha Tech 3’s Cal Crutchlow and wild card John Hopkins aboard the Rizla Suzuki.

MotoGP rookie Karel Abraham (Cardion ab Motoracing) was down in 17th at his home race, while Randy de Puniet (Pramac Racing), who is already riding with injuries from a crash at Laguna Seca, had a fall in the last minutes of the session.

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