Pedrosa keeps upper hand as Lorenzo tumbles
24 August 2012 – After locking out the first Brno practice session on Friday morning, Dani Pedrosa remained atop the timesheets in the afternoon period ahead of Sunday’s Czech MotoGP. Jorge Lorenzo again settled for second place, just 53 thousandths of a second slower, but suffered a fall as the Tech 3 bikes of Andrea Dovizioso and Cal Crutchlow were best of the rest. With both Casey Stoner and Nicky Hayden missing the entire weekend, Valentino Rossi improved to sixth for Ducati.
With Stoner out of action following his Indianapolis crash, Pedrosa lowered his previous best time by a tenth and a half. It was a more dramatic session on this occasion, as Lorenzo lost control and wiped out the final 15 minutes; he was able to rejoin the action in the last knockings but failed to improve his best effort.
There was a delay when the red flags came out following a moment for CRT rider Yonni Hernandez of Colombia; he crashed and destroyed one of the air fences at Turn 5, meaning marshals had to replace it. Spaniards Álvaro Bautista and Aleix Espargaró were also fallers.
"Today wasn't a bad start to the weekend because I was fourth in both sessions and very close to Andrea," said Coventry's Crutchlow. "But we can definitely make some improvements to the bike. This afternoon I struggled quite a lot with the hard tyre and we need to have a look at the data closely to get more of an understanding why."
At the top, Pedrosa’s leading time was 1:56.858. Ending both of today’s sessions in the top spot confirms the Sabadell rider as this weekend’s favourite, having already reduced Lorenzo’s championship lead to 18 points courtesy of his American win last Sunday.
Saturday’s final practice session begins at 10:10am local time (BST +1)