Pedrosa leads Honda one-two at Jerez
|By Matt Beer||Thursday, November 29th 2007, 17:32 GMT|
Repsol Honda riders Dani Pedrosa and Nicky Hayden took a one-two on the final day of MotoGP testing at Jerez.
The duo were comfortably faster than their rivals in the last test of 2007, with third-placed Jorge Lorenzo (Fiat Yamaha) 0.9 seconds slower than Pedrosa's benchmark. Both Pedrosa and Hayden set their times on qualifying-style runs near the end of the day.
Lorenzo's former 250cc class rival Andrea Dovizioso took fourth on the JiR Scot Honda, just ahead of the rider he replaced at the team - Gresini Honda's Shinya Nakano.
Tech 3 Yamaha riders Colin Edwards and James Toseland were sixth and eighth, split by Nakano's teammate Alex de Angelis.
Valentino Rossi was only 11th fastest and left the test early, having struggled with the hand injury that he sustained at the season finale at Valencia earlier this month.
Champions Ducati also had a quiet day, with Casey Stoner flying back to Australia for further treatment on his injured shoulder after his crash yesterday, and his new teammate Marco Melandri only managing 12th.
The only significant incident of the day involved LCR Honda's Randy de Puniet, who crashed twice but was able to continue without injury and set the ninth-fastest time.
Pos Rider Bike Time 1. Dani Pedrosa Honda (M) 1:38.562 2. Nicky Hayden Honda (M) 1:38.848 3. Jorge Lorenzo Yamaha (M) 1:39.464 4. Andrea Dovizioso Honda (M) 1:39.747 5. Shinya Nakano Honda (B) 1:40.121 6. Colin Edwards Yamaha (M) 1:40.184 7. Alex de Angelis Honda (B) 1:40.185 8. James Toseland Yamaha (M) 1:40.213 9. Randy de Puniet Honda (M) 1:40.398 10. John Hopkins Kawasaki (B) 1:40.984 11. Valentino Rossi Yamaha (B) 1:41.538 12. Marco Melandri Ducati (B) 1:41.619 13. Taddy Okada Honda (M) 1:41.715 14. Niccolo Canepa Ducati (B) 1:41.793 15. Anthony West Kawasaki (B) 1:42.343 16. Vittoriano Guareschi Ducati (B) 1:42.850 17. Shinichi Ito Ducati (B) 1:43.001