Italian MotoGP: Dani Pedrosa sets fastest time in free practice
Repsol Honda rider Dani Pedrosa has taken provisional pole in free practice for the Italian MotoGP at Mugello.
Reigning world champion Casey Stoner sat at the top of the timesheets for the majority of the session with a time of 1’50”736, with Tech 3 Yamaha rider Colin Edwards in second and Fiat Yamaha rider Valentino Rossi in third.
With 20 minutes remaining Dani Pedrosa set a time of 1’50”325, which none of the other riders were able to beat for the rest of the session.
Spaniard Dani Pedrosa then want on to be the only rider to set a time in the 1’49 bracket with a time of 1’49”975 - cementing his position of provisional pole.
Casey Stoner’s former team mate and Rizla Suzuki rider Loris Capirossi set the third fastest time of 1’50”527, after he had consistently been lapping within the top 10 riders.
Capirossi’s Rizla Suzuki team mate Chris Vermeulen qualified 11th after setting the fastest time in Fridays free practice in the wet.
Championship contender and reigning 250cc champion Jorge Lorenzo qualified 14th with a time of 1’52”052 after he struggled to get to grips with the Mugello circuit.
Honda Gresini rider Shinya Nakano and Alice Ducati rider Sylvain Guintoli finished seventh and eighth respectively in front of Kawasaki rider John Hopkins and ex-world champion Nicky Hayden.
British rider James Toseland set only the 16th fastest time behind Alice Ducati rider Toni Elias.
1 D. PEDROSA SPA Repsol Honda Team 1'49.975
2 C. STONER AUS Ducati Marlboro Team + 0.389
3 L. CAPIROSSI ITA Rizla Suzuki MotoGP + 0.552
4 A. DE ANGELIS RSM San Carlo Honda Gresini + 0.641
5 C. EDWARDS USA Tech 3 Yamaha + 0.775
6 V. ROSSI ITA Fiat Yamaha Team + 0.917
7 S. NAKANO JPN San Carlo Honda Gresini + 1.078
8 S. GUINTOLI FRA Alice Team + 1.111
9 J. HOPKINS USA Kawasaki Racing Team + 1.297
10 N. HAYDEN USA Repsol Honda Team + 1.321
11 C. VERMEULEN AUS Rizla Suzuki MotoGP + 1.461
12 A. DOVIZIOSO ITA JiR Team Scot MotoGP + 1.724
13 R. DE PUNIET FRA LCR Honda MotoGP + 1.785
14 J. LORENZO SPA Fiat Yamaha Team + 1.965
15 T. ELIAS SPA Alice Team + 1.994
16 J. TOSELAND GBR Tech 3 Yamaha + 2.020
17 M. MELANDRI ITA Ducati Marlboro Team + 2.444
18 A. WEST AUS Kawasaki Racing Team + 2.992
19 T. OKADA JPN Repsol Honda Team + 10.226