Dani Pedrosa leads a horde of Hondas after the first day of practice at Honda's home track of Motegi, the Repsol Honda man topping the timesheets for the second session of free practice for the MotoGP class. Pedrosa heads up a Repsol clean sweep, the Spaniard just edging his Australian teammate Casey Stoner, and his Italian soon-to-be-ex-teammate Andrea Dovizioso. Remarkably, all three Repsol bikes ended the session faster than the circuit lap record, set by Stoner back in 2008 on the Ducati. Marco Simoncelli makes it four Hondas in the top four, the San Carlo Gresini man taking 4th nearly four tenths behind Pedrosa.
Reigning World Champion Jorge Lorenzo was the fastest of the non-Hondas, the factory Yamaha rider half a second off the pace of Pedrosa, while Nicky Hayden consolidated his strong showing in the morning with the 6th fastest time in FP2, putting his Marlboro Ducati within six tenths of Pedrosa's RC212V. Another Honda in 7th, this time the satellite-spec San Carlo Gresini bike of Hiroshi Aoyama, the Japanese rider determined to post a strong result at his home Grand Prix. Valentino Rossi - still using the extended aluminium monocoque chassis debuted at Aragon, the full twin spar tested at Jerez requiring different engine mountings and therefore yet another engine - posted the 8th fastest time, 1.2 seconds off Pedrosa and a fraction closer to the front than he has been in recent races. Hector Barbera put the Mapfre Aspar Ducati into 9th spot, finishing just ahead of Colin Edwards on the Monster Tech 3 Yamaha.
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