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MOTOGP NEWS 

Dani Pedrosa stays on top in final MotoGP practice at Jerez

Dani PedrosaDani Pedrosa kept Honda at the top of the MotoGP timesheets as wet conditions once again restricted running in practice at Jerez.

As was the case on Friday a wet circuit meant few riders opted to run long stints and, with track conditions not improving after the halfway mark, there was little in the way of late improvements.

That meant that Pedrosa's benchmark of 1m50.121s, set with 26 minutes remaining, was never beaten, earning the Spaniard the top spot for a second straight session.

The rest of the lead order also set their best times in the opening 30 minutes.

Yamaha's Jorge Lorenzo finished second, just over one tenth down on Pedrosa, while the second works Honda of reigning champion Casey Stoner was third.

The works Ducatis of Nicky Hayden and Valentino Rossi were then fourth and sixth respectively, split by Cal Crutchlow's Tech 3 Yamaha.

The Briton's team-mate Andrea Dovizioso finished seventh fastest ahead of LCR Honda's Stefan Bradl, Karel Abraham on the Cardion Ducati and the top CRT rider, Aspar's Randy de Puniet.

Ben Spies on the second works Yamaha finished 11th fastest.

Gresini's Alvaro Bautista was one of the few casualties of the conditions, dropping his Honda at Turn 1 in the closing stages of the session.

Pos  Rider             Team/Bike                 Time       Gap 
 1.  Daniel Pedrosa    Honda                     1m50.121s
 2.  Jorge Lorenzo     Yamaha                    1m50.232s  + 0.111s
 3.  Casey Stoner      Honda                     1m50.455s  + 0.334s
 4.  Nicky Hayden      Ducati                    1m50.495s  + 0.374s
 5.  Cal Crutchlow     Tech 3 Yamaha             1m50.692s  + 0.571s
 6.  Valentino Rossi   Ducati                    1m51.601s  + 1.480s
 7.  Andrea Dovizioso  Tech 3 Yamaha             1m51.615s  + 1.494s
 8.  Stefan Bradl      LCR Honda                 1m51.661s  + 1.540s
 9.  Karel Abraham     Cardion Ducati            1m51.700s  + 1.579s
10.  Randy de Puniet   Aspar Aprilia             1m51.972s  + 1.851s
11.  Ben Spies         Yamaha                    1m52.228s  + 2.107s
12.  Hector Barbera    Pramac Ducati             1m52.676s  + 2.555s
13.  Yonni Hernandez   Avintia FTR-Kawasaki      1m52.730s  + 2.609s
14.  Mattia Pasini     Speed Master Aprilia      1m52.754s  + 2.633s
15.  Alvaro Bautista   Gresini Honda             1m52.756s  + 2.635s
16.  Michele Pirro     Gresini FTR-Honda         1m53.489s  + 3.368s
17.  Colin Edwards     Forward Suter-BMW         1m53.583s  + 3.462s
18.  Danilo Petrucci   Ioda-Aprilia              1m53.595s  + 3.474s
19.  James Ellison     Forward Suter-BMW         1m53.612s  + 3.491s
20.  Aleix Espargaro   Aspar Aprilia             1m53.820s  + 3.699s
21.  Ivan Silva        Avintia Inmotec-Kawasaki  1m54.618s  + 4.497s
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