2013 Sepang MotoGP FP2 Result: Momentum Builds For Pedrosa

Dani Pedrosa has continued his determined showing in the morning session and finished the second MotoGP practice session at Sepang a mere two tenths of a second off the outright circuit pole record. The diminutive Spaniard was in peerless form as he headed Marc Marquez by over half a second. Cal Crutchlow finished as top Yamaha and in third place ahead of Valentino Rossi and Alvaro Bautista. 

In stark contrast to the scintillating pace shown by Pedrosa, the frustration displayed by Jorge Lorenzo in the morning session was compounded in FP2 as he had to settle for sixth place on the time sheet. The World Champion ended proceedings over one second behind Pedrosa's benchmark time, he completed very few laps and like his Yamaha counterparts has a lot of work to do to chase down the Repsol bikes at the front. 

Stefan Bradl finished the muggy afternoon session ahead of the factory Ducati pairing of Nicky Hayden and Andrea Dovizioso while Bradley Smith rounded out the top ten placings.


Pos. Num. Rider Bike Time Diff Diff Prev
1 26 Dani PEDROSA Honda 2'00.554    
2 93 Marc MARQUEZ Honda 2'01.087 0.533 0.533
3 35 Cal CRUTCHLOW Yamaha 2'01.423 0.869 0.336
4 46 Valentino ROSSI Yamaha 2'01.538 0.984 0.115
5 19 Alvaro BAUTISTA Honda 2'01.659 1.105 0.121
6 99 Jorge LORENZO Yamaha 2'01.710 1.156 0.051
7 6 Stefan BRADL Honda 2'01.727 1.173 0.017
8 69 Nicky HAYDEN Ducati 2'02.373 1.819 0.646
9 4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO Ducati 2'02.487 1.933 0.114
10 38 Bradley SMITH Yamaha 2'02.551 1.997 0.064
11 41 Aleix ESPARGARO ART 2'02.610 2.056 0.059
12 29 Andrea IANNONE Ducati 2'02.819 2.265 0.209
13 8 Hector BARBERA FTR 2'03.225 2.671 0.406
14 5 Colin EDWARDS FTR Kawasaki 2'03.707 3.153 0.482
15 68 Yonny HERNANDEZ Ducati 2'03.780 3.226 0.073
16 14 Randy DE PUNIET ART 2'03.922 3.368 0.142
17 7 Hiroshi AOYAMA FTR 2'04.414 3.860 0.492
18 71 Claudio CORTI FTR Kawasaki 2'04.807 4.253 0.393
19 9 Danilo PETRUCCI Ioda-Suter 2'04.965 4.411 0.158
20 70 Michael LAVERTY ART 2'05.551 4.997 0.586
21 23 Luca SCASSA ART 2'05.598 5.044 0.047
22 67 Bryan STARING FTR Honda 2'06.538 5.984 0.940
23 52 Lukas PESEK Ioda-Suter 2'07.024 6.470 0.486
24 50 Damian CUDLIN PBM 2'07.122 6.568 0.098


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He might as well make the most of it now that he's out of the title fight. He has had some bad luck this year. He had some really nasty press on facebook, some wag saying he is a "parasite on Moto GP". I still can't believe 99% of US fans still hate him. Well I live in the US and I happen to like him and I hope he wins this and a couple more this season!

that the US fans still hate him so much. Pedrosa is a strong contender for best rider never to win a championship; Hayden exactly the opposite. (Don't bother with the flaming - I know the stats.)

As for the reasons, certainly if SuperbikePlanet is anything to go by, the US media has never forgiven him and never misses an opportunity to remind the world. (They off course kept very quiet when Hayden rammed Dovizioso off the track recently).

Sadly, many people look no further than the rider's passport when judging their merits. The Americans seem to be more "patriotic" than most.

I really don't understand it either. I am American, a huge Nicky fan, but Pedrosa is my favorite rider. I can't stand the drivel that comes out of Superbikeplanet anymore. It's so biased and jingoistic it's disgusting. Portugal 06 was seven years ago, time to give it up.

This season has been tough for us Pedrosa fans, but we still believe in him. He can still win a title this year if say, Marquez takes out lorenzo double DNF style, gets assessed a penalty point, and Pedrosa wins out the season. Not likely, however.

Yet next year might be closer than everyone expects and Pedrosa can still be in contention like any other year. Marquez is the most likely to become the next Doohan/Rossi, but nothing is certain. As quickly as he adapted as a rookie, "trees don't grow to the sky". Remember after 2007 and 2010 some were already slating Stoner and Lorenzo as on the verge of winning successive titles. Grand Prix history often takes twists and turns in ways you never saw coming.

A lot needs to go right to win successive championships. Look at Vettel/Red Bull in F1. If 3-4 races go differently in the past 4 years and its Alonso with 4 total championships and Vettel at 2.

Face it, the guy just can't put it together when it counts. It's something more than being unlucky. Have to say, I feel sorry for the guy, he's now had his last two teammates throw a leg over the bike and instantly outclass him. Honestly, if it weren't for Repsol and being Spanish he's long since been given the sack. If the guy ain't done it by, he ain't gonna do it. Put someone else on that factory Honda already.

He's always been one of the 4 best riders in the world, but he just hasn't got that extra bit that it takes to be champion. This year it had gotten to the stage where he needed to start beating Marquez on the track well before Aragon but he couldn't do it. If he beats Marquez now it proves nothing, just like when he was beating Lorenzo last year. In other eras Dani could well have been a champ, but he's had the misfortune to have ridden against Rossi, Stoner Lorenzo and Marquez.

and it has little to do with 2006, afterall, Nicky did win.

Its more to do with his being given a silver spoon & having not delivered. Americans by nature root for the underdog, DP has been given "special" treatment his entire career.

He has avoided conflict on & off the track as the "perfect" coorporate representative, avoiding controversey & being the consumate ward of Puig unwilling to express any opinion that seemed to be his own.

Americans like their heroes to have character & be controversial, Roberts, Foyt, Earnhart, Ali. Dani's whole career can be described in one word...cautious.

That's the way he is and not because of the "corporate" thing or any fine cutlery...

People are people

my question's for you are :
- when has Nicky ever expressed his own opinion. when has he ever said his ducati is crap ...
- when has Nicky ever crossed the "corporate-line"
- how many controversey's has Nicky started all by himself just by saying stuff
- where would Nicky be without the golden spoon from his family/american Honda
- what heroic stuff did Nicky ever do ? being a 3 times GP-winner and 1 time WC isn't heroic at all. plenty people have done that before and after him. heck, plenty people have achieved a lot more on this domain.

JanBros I think its all in the delivery. I believe Nicky comes across as more genuine than DP. Perhaps his shyness is whats off-putting, but he seems robotic & aloof.

Dani gives one the impression that racing is his..profession, his day job; you can feel Nicky's love of racing when he speaks.

Golden spoon..hardly. When has he ever been #1, have you forgotten 2006 parts testing for Dani?

JanBros, you're aren't American correct? People from the South (Kentucky) take pride in their politeness & not speaking ill of others....something that people from my part of the US (New York) are not so constrained much to our detriment.


Not every American fan is the same, and Superbike planet should hardly be used as any measuring stick outside of the bible-belt mentality.

I'm sure you probably didn't mean it as such, but believe me - Americans hate the stereotypical fan image that the rest of the world has about us as much as you do.

FWIW, the people that I know personally that watch the sport don't have anything against Dani at all. I think US media (and to a lesser extent media in general) perpetuates the ill-will notion towards Dani rather than any genuine discontent amongst US fans. That seems evident by the amount of fans on this board from the US that are either fans of Dani, or just don't like him for one reason or another. Nothing to do with Nicky, and as has been stated before no matter how you want to spin it he did walk away as WC in 06 so I really don't think there's much residual hatred for anyone being rational.

my question is when has Pedrosa ever produced a big boy championship ride?

Jingoistic? Really? Since when is having pride in your national Heros Jingoistic? How many WCs did Rainey, Schwantz, Spencer, Roberts, etc have? The US has had a wonderful part of GP history and those are the guys routinely celebrated- as they should be. I seem to remember The Soup recently drooling over his encounter with Marquez and seem to remember him writing about Rossi as the GOAT plenty. Do those not count?
And there is nothing wrong with a US fan critcizing someone that has been given the goods and produced nada. Put up or shut up. Earn your keep. Seems perfectly sound "American" sentiments to me. And did i miss something? Was Hayden born with Mr. Honda in the delivery room waiting for him with factory kit, or did he win a ton of races as a kid and prove himself worthy early on and then go and win a WC through consistent performance and beat the world's greatest rider?
Jingoism? Isn't that kind of like everyone hating Hayden because he beat the Italian Stallion?
Remember, last season, or the season before, winning 4th place in every race would have seen you be the WC. Hayden was consistent. And won. Being fast when the pressure is off or being fast only when not in the gravel will get you what Danny has - a good career, no WC and the meme "fastest guy never to win the big one"
Please don't make excuses for being an American and an American fan. That's not how we roll.