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Pedrosa sets the tone in Brno second free practice

Pedrosa sets the tone in Brno second free practice

It was Repsol Honda Team’s Dani Pedrosa who set the tone for this weekend’s bwin Grand Prix České republiky at Brno, after setting the fastest time of the day in a crash strewn second MotoGP™ practice session ahead of Jorge Lorenzo and Andrea Dovizioso.

Set in hot conditions on the harder rear tyre, a lap in the high 1.56s placed him ahead of Yamaha Factory Racing’s Lorenzo, who was a surprise crasher half way through the session, focussing his efforts on the softer rear tyre. Monster Yamaha Tech 3’s Andrea Dovizioso completed the top three as he continued his good form this season, finishing less that two tenths off the top.

In fourth, his teammate Cal Crutchlow was having a good day as he put in a fast lap at the end of the afternoon session, matching his performance of the morning. LCR Honda MotoGP’s Stefan Bradl set the fifth quickest time of the day, with the German even setting the fastest time in the first sector of the track.

Sixth place was occupied by Ducati Team’s Valentino Rossi, who had one of his best outings all season, finishing less than half a second off Pedrosa’s Honda. San Carlo Honda Gresini’s Álvaro Bautista went seventh fastest, yet crashed out of the afternoon session with three minutes left after pushing for a faster lap. In eighth, Yamaha’s Ben Spies suffered a similar fate to Bautista, also crashing early on. He was however able to get back out on his second bike for the second half of practice.

Power Electronics Aspar’s Aleix Espargaró set the ninth fastest time of the day and finished as top CRT bike, yet also dropped his bike in the gravel with only two minutes left in the session. Pramac Racing Team’s Toni Elías completed the top ten. Avintia Blusens’ Yonny Hernandez caused the red flag to come out briefly for air-bag fence repairs, after crashing his bike for the second time in the day. None of the crashers were hurt in the incidents.


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