Dani Pedrosa ended the second session of MotoGP free practice on top of the timesheets at Jerez this morning, demonstrating that the Spaniard is clearly in form. Pedrosa deposed Casey Stoner from his usual spot atop the tables halfway through the session, dipping into the 1'39s. Pedrosa and Stoner were soon joined by Jorge Lorenzo as the three men capable of running consistently in the mid 1'39 bracket, Lorenzo putting in a couple of extremely impressive runs which bagged him the 2nd fastest time, and coming close to matching Pedrosa's fastest lap several laps in a row. In the end, the top three were separated by less than a tenth of a second.
Randy de Puniet continued the strong start yesterday, taking 4th ahead of Andrea Dovizioso. Colin Edwards was the next fastest Yamaha, ahead of Valentino Rossi, who was consistently a long way off the times of the front men. Rossi's time could be attributed to the conditions, with both track and air temperature well down on yesterday afternoon.
Good news for Nicky Hayden, too. After spending the first half of practice languishing in the nether reaches of the timesheets, the Kentucky Kid finally found a couple of changes which helped propel him up to the 10th time of the morning. The way Hayden leapfrogged from 16th to 10th suggests a setup change helped the American fix an issue, and offers hope for improvement later this afternoon.
The grid for the race will be set this afternoon, in the sole Qualifying session.
Results of FP2:
|4||14||Randy DE PUNIET||HONDA||1'39.759||0.337||0.217|
|11||15||Alex DE ANGELIS||HONDA||1'40.601||1.179||0.008|