MotoGP Sachsenring FP1: Pedrosa Fastest, with the Ducatis Behind & Rossi 7th


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9:01am EST — While Dani Pedrosa was the fastest man in the first practice for the German Grand Prix, the eyes of the world were on Valentino Rossi, who returned to racing just six weeks after suffering a compound fracture to his right leg at Mugello. He ended the session seventh fastest, running in the top five lap times for much of the practice.  Pedrosa led the session early, and was displaced first by Jorge Lorenzo and then Casey Stoner, but he returned to the top.  The Ducatis of Stoner and Nicky Hayden were second and third fastest, respectively, with a two and four tenths gap to Pedrosa at the end of the session.  Ben Spies slid into third in the final few minutes of the session, only to be displaced himself by Hayden.  Marco Simoncelli rounded out the fastest five.  Fiat Yamaha teammates Lorenzo and Rossi were sixth and seventh, only separated by .02s.

Final Times for FP1:

Rider Time Gap Laps
1. Dani Pedrosa 1:22.521 31
2. Casey Stoner 1:22.795 +.274 28
3. Nicky Hayden 1:22. 983 +.462 28
4. Ben Spies 1:23.189 +.668 34
5. Marco Simoncelli 1:23.204 +.683 29
6. Jorge Lorenzo 1:23.224 +.703 30
7. Valentino Rossi 1:23.244 +.723 29
8. Randy de Puniet 1:23.260 +.739 30
9. Marco Melandri 1:23.290 +.769 26
10. Andrea Dovizioso 1:23.400 +.879 24
11. Mika Kallio 1:23.422 +.901 29
12. Aleix Espargaro 1:23.430 +.909 25
13. Colin Edwards 1:23.440 +.919 31
14. Loris Capirossi 1:23.589 +1.068 26
15. Hector Barbera 1:23.599 +1.078 31
16. Alvaro Bautista 1:24.020 +1.499 20
17. Alex de Angelis 1:24.101 +1.580 29
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