Pedrosa on Top at Rain-Hit Jerez

Dani Pedrosa - Photo Credit: Repsol Honda

Dani Pedrosa set the pace in both Friday practice sessions as rain played a part in the opening day of practice ahead of the Spanish Grand Prix. The Repsol Honda rider coped best with a wet track in the morning session before rising to the top once the circuit had eventually dried out in FP2.

The morning session was largely inconclusive with many riders only choosing to complete a handful of laps, if any. The afternoon saw much more activity though but a wet patch at turn nine caught out Yamaha’s Maverick Vinales midway through the session, the Spaniard going on to end the day in sixth position.

Pedrosa would ultimately lower the benchmark time to a 1:39.420, earning him a half second advantage over a fellow Honda rider but few would’ve expected that rider in question to be Jack Miller. The Marc VDS rider revelled in the tricky conditions early in FP2, scything past riders as he enjoyed a level of confidence few other competitors were experiencing.

Cal Crutchlow completed a Honda 1-2-3 while Jorge Lorenzo produced his best Ducati display yet, hitting the top of the timesheets with four minutes to go before slipping to fourth. Danilo Petrucci took fifth on his GP17 ahead of Vinales while Alvaro Bautista claimed seventh on the 2016-spec Ducati.

Andrea Dovizioso was eighth ahead of Aprilia’s Aleix Espargaro but the performance of the day belonged to Pol Espargaro who used an updated engine to full effect, taking KTM into the top ten for the first time. His exploits kept reigning champion Marc Marquez and current series leader Valentino Rossi outside the Q2 places heading into tomorrow’s final session.


2017 Gran Premio Red Bull de Espana: Free Practice Times

PosRiderConstructorTeamBest Time 
126. Dani PedrosaHondaRepsol Honda Team1:39.420FP2
243. Jack MillerHondaEG 0,0 Marc VDS1:39.964FP2
335. Cal CrutchlowHondaLCR Honda1:40.045FP2
499. Jorge LorenzoDucatiDucati Team1:40.291FP2
59. Danilo PetrucciDucatiOCTO Pramac Racing1:40.378FP2
625. Maverick VinalesYamahaMovistar Yamaha MotoGP1:40.379FP2
719. Alvaro BautistaDucatiPull & Bear Aspar Team1:40.392FP2
84. Andrea DoviziosoDucatiDucati Team1:40.428FP2
941. Aleix EspargaroApriliaAprilia Racing Team Gresini1:40.479FP2
1044. Pol EspargaroKTMRed Bull KTM Factory Racing1:40.573FP2
1145. Scott ReddingDucatiOCTO Pramac Racing1:40.639FP2
1246. Valentino RossiYamahaMovistar Yamaha MotoGP1:40.698FP2
1394. Jonas FolgerYamahaMonster Yamaha Tech 31:40.773FP2
1493. Marc MarquezHondaRepsol Honda Team1:40.915FP2
155. Johann ZarcoYamahaMonster Yamaha Tech 31:41.019FP2
1629. Andrea IannoneSuzukiTeam SUZUKI ECSTAR1:41.165FP2
1753. Tito RabatHondaEG 0,0 Marc VDS1:41.165FP2
1838. Bradley SmithKTMRed Bull KTM Factory Racing1:41.432FP2
1912. Takuya TsudaSuzukiTeam SUZUKI ECSTAR1:41.887FP2
2022. Sam LowesApriliaAprilia Racing Team Gresini1:41.905FP2
2117. Karel AbrahamDucatiPull & Bear Aspar Team1:41.909FP2
2276. Loris BazDucatiReale Avintia Racing1:42.515FP2
238. Hector BarberaDucatiReale Avintia Racing1:42.630FP2