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Pedrosa fastest in testing at Jerez

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
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