Pedrosa Edges Out Rossi In Second Practice

Dani Pedrosa - Photo Credit: Repsol Honda
Dani Pedrosa - Photo Credit: Repsol Honda


Dani Pedrosa set the pace in second practice for the Spanish Grand Prix after outpacing Valentino Rossi in the damp conditions. The seven-times champion was fastest for most of the session, as the Ducati looked much more at ease on the wet track, but Pedrosa knocked him off top spot with ten minutes remaining.

Jorge Lorenzo, one of many big hitters to sit out the morning session, led the way early on although the conditions weren't as favourable. The championship leader was the first man into the 1:52s but still trailed morning pacesetter Ivan Silva by four seconds.

No sooner had Lorenzo clocked a 1:52.935 than Rossi went four tenths faster. Pedrosa then came alive with a 1:51.885 before Lorenzo responded, 0.012s ahead of his compatriot. Rossi was still lapping consistently and jumped back to the top of the leaderboard on his sixth flying lap, pulling out a four tenth advantage over his former teammate. The time stayed unbeaten until the final ten minutes when Pedrosa's 1:50.780 clinched P1 for Repsol Honda.

Rossi and Lorenzo completed the top three with Casey Stoner, far from a Jerez specialist, in fourth. Nicky Hayden confirmed Ducati's wet-weather pace with fifth while Andrea Dovizioso took the honours at Tech 3, two places ahead of Cal Crutchlow. Alvaro Bautista separated the Yamahas in seventh with another YZR-M1 just behind in the shape of Ben Spies.

Stefan Bradl rounded out the top ten with a pair of CRT riders impressing just behind him. Randy de Puniet finished 11th for Aspar while Mattia Pasini took 12th despite crashing at the final corner early in proceedings.