Pedrosa fastest in testing at Jerez
|By Matt Beer||Monday, May 3rd 2010, 17:50 GMT|
A day after being beaten to victory by Jorge Lorenzo on the final lap of the Spanish Grand Prix, Dani Pedrosa emerged fastest for Honda in the post-race test at Jerez.
The session is only one of two such tests being held this year under the testing restrictions introduced last season, which ended the practice of holding one or two day tests immediately after most grands prix.
Pedrosa's time of 1m39.425s put him 0.055 seconds clear of Yamaha's Valentino Rossi, who along with third-placed team-mate Lorenzo tried out a new engine on the M1 following concerns over straightline performance in the opening rounds.
Rossi's day was slightly interrupted by a fall in the morning. He was soon back on track and did not suffer any further damage to his injured shoulder.
Randy de Puniet took a strong fourth place on the LCR Honda, ahead of factory Honda rider Andrea Dovizioso.
The Ducatis of Casey Stoner and Nicky Hayden were back in sixth and seventh.
Apart from Rossi, the only other man to fall during the test was Suzuki's rookie Alvaro Bautista, who was also unhurt.
Pos Rider Team Time Gap 1. Dani Pedrosa Honda 1m39.425s 2. Valentino Rossi Yamaha 1m39.480s + 0.055s 3. Jorge Lorenzo Yamaha 1m39.506s + 0.081s 4. Randy de Puniet LCR Honda 1m39.609s + 0.184s 5. Andrea Dovizioso Honda 1m39.760s + 0.335s 6. Casey Stoner Ducati 1m39.786s + 0.361s 7. Nicky Hayden Ducati 1m39.906s + 0.481s 8. Ben Spies Tech 3 Yamaha 1m39.958s + 0.533s 9. Loris Capirossi Suzuki 1m40.040s + 0.615s 10. Colin Edwards Tech 3 Yamaha 1m40.042s + 0.617s 11. Marco Melandri Gresini Honda 1m40.129s + 0.704s 12. Marco Simoncelli Gresini Honda 1m40.370s + 0.945s 13. Mika Kallio Pramac Ducati 1m40.446s + 1.021s 14. Alvaro Bautista Suzuki 1m40.463s + 1.038s 15. Hiroshi Aoyama Interwetten Honda 1m40.470s + 1.045s 16. Aleix Espargaro Pramac Ducati 1m40.686s + 1.261s 17. Hector Barbera Aspar Ducati 1m40.932s + 1.507s