Dani Pedrosa remains dominant through second practice at Brno
|By Simon Strang||Friday, August 12th 2011, 13:01 GMT|
Dani Pedrosa was fastest again in the second free practice session for the Czech MotoGP at Brno.
The Spaniard couldn't quite match the 1m56.3s he managed in the morning session, but Pedrosa's lap of 1m56.454s was still enough to establish a sense of dominance over the rest of the pack.
Not only was Pedrosa one of just two men to crack the 1m56s barrier in either session, he managed it on several occasions. Indeed his final laps of the session were a string of improving times that moved him ever further away from the field.
The other rider in the 1m56s was Pedrosa's factory Honda team-mate Casey Stoner - who finally worked down to a 1m56.831s. But the Australian was nowhere near Pedrosa's consistent pace for much of the day.
In fact the world championship leader appeared to be struggling with the handling on his RC212V and had a massive wobble early in the session.
Marco Simoncelli, like he was in the morning session, went third quickest on the Gresini-run factory Honda, ahead of Jorge Lorenzo.
Yamaha's world champion had a quiet session as he went about working on his race pace - only Pedrosa was consistently faster lap-on-lap.
Andrea Dovizioso was fifth ahead of Ben Spies, while Valentino Rossi put in a breathless lap late-on to go seventh. The Italian was still 1.2s away from Pedrosa though.
Alvaro Bautista finally put Suzuki team-mate Jon Hopkins in his place to go eighth fastest overall, the two Suzukis split by hundredths - and Cal Crutchlow's ninth-placed Tech 3 Yamaha.
Both sessions proved relatively trouble-free and in P2 the only faller was Randy de Puniet, who crashed his Pramac Ducati at Turn 9 - though he appeared unscathed.
Pos Rider Team Time Laps 1. Dani Pedrosa Repsol Honda Team 1m56.454s 17 2. Casey Stoner Repsol Honda Team 1m56.831s + 0.377 15 3. Marco Simoncelli San Carlo Honda Gresini 1m57.136s + 0.682 18 4. Jorge Lorenzo Yamaha Factory Racing 1m57.174s + 0.720 19 5. Andrea Dovizioso Repsol Honda Team 1m57.535s + 1.081 15 6. Ben Spies Yamaha Factory Racing 1m57.631s + 1.177 16 7. Valentino Rossi Ducati Team 1m57.745s + 1.291 18 8. Alvaro Bautista Rizla Suzuki MotoGP 1m57.857s + 1.403 17 9. Cal Crutchlow Monster Yamaha Tech 3 1m57.859s + 1.405 17 10. John Hopkins Rizla Suzuki MotoGP 1m57.880s + 1.426 17 11. Hector Barbera Mapfre Aspar Team MotoGP 1m58.120s + 1.666 17 12. Colin Edwards Monster Yamaha Tech 3 1m58.313s + 1.859 17 13. Randy De Puniet Pramac Racing Team 1m58.454s + 2.000 17 14. Nicky Hayden Ducati Team 1m58.568s + 2.114 18 15. Loris Capirossi Pramac Racing Team 1m58.573s + 2.119 18 16. Hiroshi Aoyama San Carlo Honda Gresini 1m58.607s + 2.153 20 17. Karel Abraham Cardion AB Motoracing 1m58.999s + 2.545 18 18. Toni Elias LCR Honda MotoGP 1m59.157s + 2.703 18