Pedrosa Continues Dominance In Second Practice

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Dani Pedrosa's dominance at the Czech Republic Grand Prix continued on Friday afternoon as the Spaniard maintained a comfortable advantage over the rest of the field. The Repsol Honda rider failed to match his blistering pace of this morning but still had enough to go 0.377s quicker than teammate Casey Stoner.

Instead it was Pedrosa's long run times that caught the eye as he clocked 1:56s laps with apparent ease, with his immediate rivals only getting into that time range on their fastest laps. Stoner did at least manage to close the gap from this morning, lapping in 1:56.831 to go second while Marco Simoncelli stayed out of the gravel traps this time on his way to third.

Once again, Jorge Lorenzo was the only man to get in amongst the quartet of works Hondas but the gap to Pedrosa stands at 0.720s overnight. Ben Spies wasn't far away though, getting to within a tenth of fifth placed Andrea Dovizioso.

With time ricking away, Ducati looked set for another miserable day at the office. Valentino Rossi and Nicky Hayden found themselves in the bottom four positions in the closing stages before Rossi produced a stunning lap in the last minute to go seventh, just a tenth behind the works Yamaha of Spies. Hayden wasn't capable of such heroics and could only climb as high as 14th.

The Rizla Suzukis showed prominently again with Alvaro Bautista getting the better of John Hopkins on this occasion, the pair finishing in eighth and tenth respectively with Cal Crutchlow doing a fine job to split them on his Tech 3 Yamaha, three places ahead of teammate Colin Edwards.

Pramac Ducati had an afternoon to forget on the other hand with Randy de Puniet crashing on his way to 13th and Loris Capirossi struggling to 15th position. Home favourite Karel Abraham also lacked pace and ended up down in 17th.


Cardion ab Grand Prix Ceské Republiky: Free Practice 2 Result

Pos Rider Nat Bike Team Time/Gap
1 Dani Pedrosa SPA Honda Repsol Honda Team 1:56.454
2 Casey Stoner AUS Honda Repsol Honda Team +0.377
3 Marco Simoncelli ITA Honda San Carlo Honda Gresini +0.682
4 Jorge Lorenzo SPA Yamaha Yamaha Factory Racing +0.720
5 Andrea Dovizioso ITA Honda Repsol Honda Team +1.081
6 Ben Spies USA Yamaha Yamaha Factory Racing +1.177
7 Valentino Rossi ITA Ducati Ducati Team +1.291
8 Alvaro Bautista SPA Suzuki Rizla Suzuki MotoGP +1.403
9 Cal Crutchlow GBR Yamaha Monster Yamaha Tech 3 +1.405
10 John Hopkins (WC) USA Suzuki Rizla Suzuki MotoGP +1.426
11 Hector Barbera SPA Ducati Mapfre Aspar Team MotoGP +1.666
12 Colin Edwards USA Yamaha Monster Yamaha Tech 3 +1.859
13 Randy de Puniet FRA Ducati Pramac Racing Team +2.000
14 Nicky Hayden USA Ducati Ducati Team +2.114
15 Loris Capirossi ITA Ducati Pramac Racing Team +2.119
16 Hiroshi Aoyama JAP Honda San Carlo Honda Gresini +2.153
17 Karel Abraham CZE Ducati Cardion AB Motoracing +2.545
18 Toni Elias SPA Honda LCR Honda MotoGP +2.703
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