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Brno MotoGP: Dani Pedrosa blitzes final practice

Dani Pedrosa, Honda, Brno 2012Dani Pedrosa blitzed the field and lapped more than half a second faster than any of his MotoGP rivals in the final practice session at Brno.

The Spaniard, bidding to close his 18-point deficit to championship leader Jorge Lorenzo, moved to the top of the timesheets early on and was never displaced.

With a quarter of an hour to run Pedrosa pulled over half a second clear of the field, before he stamped home his dominance with a 1m56.209s at the flag - just over one tenth shy of the fastest ever lap at the circuit and more than seven tenths faster than anyone else could manage.

As if to underline Pedrosa's control, Lorenzo also set his fastest lap at the flag but wound up 0.806s down.

The championship leader was then demoted to third by Yamaha team-mate Ben Spies.

Tech 3 Yamaha duo Andrea Dovizioso and Cal Crutchlow were the last men to get within one second of Pedrosa, with less than three hundredths of a second to choose between them.

Ducati's Valentino Rossi was next up in sixth, 1.049s off the pace. He beat the satellite Honda riders Alvaro Bautista (Gresini) and Stefan Bradl (LCR).

Karel Abraham on the satellite Cardion Ducati rose to ninth late on, ahead of Aspar CRT duo Randy de Puniet and Aleix Espargaro.

Pos  Rider             Team/Bike                 Time       Gap
 1.  Dani Pedrosa      Honda                     1m56.209s
 2.  Ben Spies         Yamaha                    1m56.952s  + 0.743s
 3.  Jorge Lorenzo     Yamaha                    1m57.015s  + 0.806s
 4.  Andrea Dovizioso  Tech 3 Yamaha             1m57.092s  + 0.883s
 5.  Cal Crutchlow     Tech 3 Yamaha             1m57.120s  + 0.911s
 6.  Valentino Rossi   Ducati                    1m57.258s  + 1.049s
 7.  Alvaro Bautista   Gresini Honda             1m57.307s  + 1.098s
 8.  Stefan Bradl      LCR Honda                 1m57.312s  + 1.103s
 9.  Karel Abraham     Cardion Ducati            1m58.502s  + 2.293s
10.  Randy de Puniet   Aspar Aprilia             1m58.831s  + 2.622s
11.  Aleix Espargaro   Aspar Aprilia             1m59.129s  + 2.920s
12.  Yonni Hernandez   AvintiaFTR-Kawasaki       1m59.494s  + 3.285s
13.  Toni Elias        Pramac Ducati             1m59.551s  + 3.342s
14.  Michele Pirro     Gresini FTR-Honda         1m59.669s  + 3.460s
15.  Mattia Pasini     Speed Master Aprilia      2m00.257s  + 4.048s
16.  Ivan Silva        Avintia Inmotec-Kawasaki  2m00.732s  + 4.523s
17.  James Ellison     Paul Bird Aprilia         2m00.749s  + 4.540s
18.  Danilo Petrucci   Ioda-Aprilia              2m00.968s  + 4.759s
19.  Colin Edwards     Forward Suter-BMW         2m02.159s  + 5.950s
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