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Le Mans MotoGP: Pedrosa stays on top in second practice

Dani Pedrosa, Honda, Le Mans MotoGP 2013Dani Pedrosa led Marc Marquez in a Honda one-two in the second MotoGP practice session at Le Mans.

The afternoon featured constant position changes among the frontrunners as the teams made the most of what could be their last dry running before race day, if forecasts for Saturday are accurate.

Rain and hail had curtailed the preceding Moto3 session, but the track was virtually dry for the MotoGP bikes from the outset, although dark clouds gathered with increasing intensity through the session.

Morning pacesetter Pedrosa put himself back on top going into the closing stages.

He could not quite break into the 1m33s, despite edging ever nearer with a string of low 1m34s laps, and ended up on a 1m34.035s.

That increased his lead to 0.134 seconds, bigger than it had been for the most of the final runs, as Marquez jumped up to second on his last lap.

Yamaha men Valentino Rossi and Jorge Lorenzo were third and fourth.

Stefan Bradl put LCR's Honda fifth, within the same tenth of a second as the works Yamahas.

Andrea Dovizioso, Ducati, Le Mans MotoGP 2013After Ducati's strong morning, Andrea Dovizioso and Nicky Hayden slipped back to seventh and eighth, behind Cal Crutchlow's Tech 3 Yamaha.

Aleix Espargaro returned to the top of the CRT field in 10th overall.

Among the prototype riders he beat was Andrea Iannone, who had the session's main incident when he crashed heavily at the last corner.

Although Iannone walked away, he appeared to be in pain, having undergone surgery to cure arm pump in the fortnight since Jerez.

Pos Rider                Team/Bike            Time      Gap       Laps
 1. Dani Pedrosa         Honda                1m34.035s            21
 2. Marc Marquez         Honda                1m34.169s + 0.134s   18
 3. Valentino Rossi      Yamaha               1m34.173s + 0.138s   21
 4. Jorge Lorenzo        Yamaha               1m34.201s + 0.166s   16
 5. Stefan Bradl         LCR Honda            1m34.299s + 0.264s   20
 6. Cal Crutchlow        Tech 3 Yamaha        1m34.512s + 0.477s   20
 7. Andrea Dovizioso     Ducati               1m34.578s + 0.543s   20
 8. Nicky Hayden         Ducati               1m34.590s + 0.555s   20
 9. Alvaro Bautista      Gresini Honda        1m34.739s + 0.704s   19
10. Aleix Espargaro      Aspar Aprilia        1m35.045s + 1.010s   18
11. Bradley Smith        Tech 3 Yamaha        1m35.362s + 1.327s   19
12. Andrea Iannone       Pramac Ducati        1m35.433s + 1.398s   13
13. Randy De Puniet      Aspar Aprilia        1m35.447s + 1.412s   20
14. Michele Pirro        Ducati               1m35.864s + 1.829s   17
15. Hector Barbera       Avintia FTR          1m35.940s + 1.905s   16
16. Colin Edwards        Forward FTR          1m36.449s + 2.414s   18
17. Claudio Corti        Forward FTR          1m36.643s + 2.608s   16
18. Karel Abraham        Cardion Aprilia      1m36.759s + 2.724s   18
19. Danilo Petrucci      Ioda-Suter           1m36.764s + 2.729s   20
20. Hiroshi Aoyama       Avintia FTR          1m36.821s + 2.786s   19
21. Yonny Hernandez      Paul Bird Aprilia    1m37.104s + 3.069s   18
22. Bryan Staring        Gresini FTR-Honda    1m37.878s + 3.843s   18
23. Michael Laverty      Paul Bird PBM        1m38.023s + 3.988s   15
24. Lukas Pesek          Ioda-Suter           1m38.818s + 4.783s   15
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