Pedrosa Leads in Scorching Conditions at Brno

by Louis Suddaby
Dani Pedrosa - Brno - Friday Practice

Dani Pedrosa began his search for a fifth Brno victory by topping the timesheets in Friday practice in the Czech Republic. The Spaniard, a winner here in 125cc, 250cc and MotoGP, led an unfamiliar top four with Danilo Petrucci, Alvaro Bautista and rookie Hafizh Syahrin all impressing in sweltering temperatures.

The afternoon session was initially dominated by Honda riders with championship leader Marc Marquez leading Pedrosa and Cal Crutchlow before a late dash on new tyres transformed the picture as riders prioritised a qualifying run. Andrea Dovizioso was the first to leap up the order, climbing from twelfth to first with the quickest lap of the entire day so far, but that was only the start.

Pedrosa responded moments later, restoring Honda to the top of the leaderboard, before the retiring 32-year-old became the only man to break into the 1:55s with two minutes remaining. Petrucci and Bautista also improved in the final moments to complete the top three while Syahrin produced arguably the performance of the day to pinch fourth from Dovizioso.

The Movistar Yamahas also ran new tyres in the closing stages to claim sixth and seventh, Maverick Vinales edging out Valentino Rossi, while Tito Rabat pipped FP1 pacesetter Johann Zarco for eighth. Having opted against a qualifying simulation, Marquez and Crutchlow fell to tenth and 14th respectively but both will fully expect to secure a Q2 spot in the morning.

 

2018 Monster Energy Grand Prix Ceske Republiky: (Free Practice)

PosRiderConstructorTeamBest Time 
126. Dani PedrosaHondaRepsol Honda Team1:55.976FP2
29. Danilo PetrucciDucatiAlma Pramac Racing1:56.099FP2
319. Alvaro BautistaDucatiAngel Nieto Team1:56.144FP2
455. Hafizh SyahrinYamahaMonster Yamaha Tech 31:56.200FP2
54. Andrea DoviziosoDucatiDucati Team1:56.218FP2
625. Maverick VinalesYamahaMovistar Yamaha MotoGP1:56.392FP2
746. Valentino RossiYamahaMovistar Yamaha MotoGP1:56.480FP2
853. Tito RabatDucatiReale Avintia Racing1:56.521FP2
95. Johann ZarcoYamahaMonster Yamaha Tech 31:56.535FP2
1093. Marc MarquezHondaRepsol Honda Team1:56.635FP2
1129. Andrea IannoneSuzukiTeam Suzuki ECSTAR1:56.644FP2
1242. Alex RinsSuzukiTeam Suzuki ECSTAR1:56.661FP2
1343. Jack MillerDucatiAlma Pramac Racing1:56.915FP2
1435. Cal CrutchlowHondaLCR Honda Castrol1:57.014FP2
1599. Jorge LorenzoDucatiDucati Team1:57.205FP2
166. Stefan BradlHondaHRC Honda Team1:57.291FP1
1741. Aleix EspargaroApriliaAprilia Racing Team Gresini1:57.417FP2
1844. Pol EspargaroKTMRed Bull KTM Factory Racing1:57.473FP2
1921. Franco MorbidelliHondaEG 0,0 Marc VDS1:57.498FP2
2038. Bradley SmithKTMRed Bull KTM Factory Racing1:57.506FP2
2130. Takaaki NakagamiHondaLCR Honda IDEMITSU1:57.647FP2
2212. Thomas LuthiHondaEG 0,0 Marc VDS1:57.729FP2
2345. Scott ReddingApriliaAprilia Racing Team Gresini1:57.941FP2
2450. Sylvain GuintoliSuzukiTeam Suzuki ECSTAR1:58.114FP1
2517. Karel AbrahamDucatiAngel Nieto Team1:58.127FP2
2610. Xavier SimeonDucatiReale Avintia Racing1:58.453FP2

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