Pedrosa sets Mugello warm-up pace

Dani Pedrosa unleashed the sort of form in this morning's warm-up that netted him pole position for round four of MotoGP at Mugello yesterday

Pedrosa sets Mugello warm-up pace

Dani Pedrosa unleashed the sort of form in this morning's warm-up that netted him pole position for round four of MotoGP at Mugello yesterday.

Honda's Pedrosa achieved a one-off 1m49.750s lap to top the session by over three-tenths of a second from series leader Jorge Lorenzo (Yamaha) and Ducati's Casey Stoner.

Pedrosa's second-best lap was a 1m50.246, and didn't show the regularity of laptimes displayed by Lorenzo, who rattled off a sequence of low 50s. His best was a 1m50.056s.

The biggest surprise was Stoner's consistency. Despite a huge wobble at the corner which claimed Valentino Rossi in practice yesterday, and his claims that Ducati has yet to turn a corner with its rideability, he reeled off an impressive sequence of laps to suggest a podium finish is achievable today.

Stoner's best lap was 1m50.126s, just 0.07s slower than Lorenzo.

Andrea Dovizioso was fourth fastest on the second Honda, ahead of Loris Capirossi for the struggling Suzuki squad, and Tech 3 Yamaha's Colin Edwards.

Pos Rider Team Time Gap 1. Dani Pedrosa Honda 1m49.750s 2. Jorge Lorenzo Yamaha 1m50.056s +0.306 3. Casey Stoner Ducati 1m50.126s +0.376 4. Andrea Dovizioso Honda 1m50.273s +0.523 5. Loris Capirossi Suzuki 1m50.312s +0.562 6. Colin Edwards Yamaha 1m50.348s +0.598 7. Randy de Puniet Honda 1m50.380s +0.630 8. Ben Spies Yamaha 1m50.453s +0.703 9. Nicky Hayden Ducati 1m50.461s +0.711 10. Hiroshi Aoyama Honda 1m50.585s +0.835 11. Aleix Espargaro Ducati 1m50.700s +0.950 12. Marco Melandri Honda 1m50.734s +0.984 13. Marco Simoncelli Honda 1m50.985s +1.235 14. Mika Kallio Ducati 1m52.197s +2.447 15. Alvaro Bautista Suzuki 1m52.469s +2.719 16. Hector Barbera Ducati 1m52.549s +2.799 
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