Dani Pedrosa took first blood at Donington, taking advantage of a quickly drying track to set the fastest time in the first session of free practice for the MotoGP class. The session started out wet, rain falling just minutes before the session was due to start, and continuing to fall early on. In the early soaking conditions, it was Jorge Lorenzo and Valentino Rossi who dominated, with Casey Stoner not far behind.
As the track started to dry, the balance shifted in Stoner's favor, the Ducati rider soon getting a significant lead, though Lorenzo and Rossi were soon giving chase.
By the time the session entered its final moments, a dry line had formed almost completely round the track, and a host of riders started to radically improve their times. In the end, though it was not Stoner, nor Lorenzo or Rossi who topped the timesheets, but Dani Pedrosa, the Repsol Honda man putting in a flying lap as the flag fell for the end of the session, taking the top spot by nearly a quarter of a second. Casey Stoner was forced into 2nd spot, ahead of Valentino Rossi and Andrea Dovizioso, while Jorge Lorenzo was 5th.
Practice continues tomorrow, and most likely in similar conditions. The predictions are that the morning session will be mainly dry, while qualifying in the afternoon will be wet.
|15||14||Randy DE PUNIET||HONDA||1'41.861||3.234||0.394|
|16||15||Alex DE ANGELIS||HONDA||1'42.210||3.583||0.349|