Pedrosa still fastest as rain hits Sachsenring
6 July 2012 – Dani Pedrosa continued to lead the way as Friday afternoon practice took place in Germany, but this time the glorious weather had been replaced by showers. The Honda rider edged out the LCR bike of Stefan Bradl, with Jorge Lorenzo’s Yamaha third.
The turn in the weather was quite a surprise, as the spectators had enjoyed fantastic sunshine this morning. Shortly before the start of MotoGP Practice 2, a huge downpour hit the circuit which confirmed that plans were quickly changed for the teams and riders.
“The weekend has started pretty well for us,” Pedrosa commented. “I felt comfortable in both the dry and wet conditions, but we only managed half of our plan today. We wanted to test the hard rear tyres in the afternoon, because in theory the hardest compound should be working better at this track where you are leaning to the left a long time, and with the soft the bike slides a lot.
"Anyway, it's been also good to try the bike in the wet for one practice session because it looks like the weather will again be very unstable.”
The reshuffled order saw Valentino Rossi move up to fourth place on the Ducati, this time ahead of team-mate Nicky Hayden.
With Britain’s Cal Crutchlow still injured but finishing seventh, compatriot James Ellison was the top CRT runner, in 12th place for the Paul Bird squad.
Final MotoGP practice starts at 10:10am local time (BST +1) on Saturday