Pedrosa fastest and already on record pace after first two sessions at Laguna Seca

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The always spectacular United States Grand Prix began today with the opening day of practice at Laguna Seca. The tenth race on the World Championship calendar, the event features the MotoGP class out on its own, with the Moto2 and Moto3 categories not travelling for the contest and beginning their break. It was Dani Pedrosa who took the early initiative at the Californian track, dominating both the first and the second session. Teammate Casey Stoner placed third, just behind World Championship leader Jorge Lorenzo.

Following a positive test at Mugello after the last round of the series, the premier class headed across the Atlantic for one of the most eagerly anticipated weekends of the year. With both a standard Repsol Honda RC213V and the prototype debuted two weeks ago in Italy at his disposal, Dani Pedrosa started strong Stateside. The Spaniard alternated between the two machines during the two practice sessions, continually lowering his times, before finally stopping the clock at 1’21.088 —three tenths of a second faster than both Lorenzo and Stoner.

The Repsol Honda Team will have another chance to work on their setting tomorrow in the third free practice session, before the decisive qualifying run in the afternoon.

Dani Pedrosa
FP1 – 1:21.424, 20 laps, 72 km.
FP2 – 1:21.088, 23 laps, 83 km.

“We did a good job today, we managed to get a good lap time in the morning and improved it in the afternoon, although the grip level was very poor and we struggled a bit with the rear. The tyres were working a little better in the afternoon, but it was hard to work on the consistency due to the lack of grip. I hope to be able to work on the pace tomorrow to prepare the race. The new bike is working good here, I will continue working on the set up tomorrow”.

Source: Repsol Media Press Release

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