Pirro fastest in FP1, Pedrosa debuts carbon fibre KTM chassis

Pirro fastest in FP1, Pedrosa debuts carbon fibre KTM chassis
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Pirro fastest in FP1, Pedrosa debuts carbon fibre KTM chassis

Dani Pedrosa, who was fastest in the first practice session, took the lead in the MotoGP race at Jerez with a carbon fiber chassis, a rare sight since Ducati used it from 2009 to 2011. Aprilia is also experimenting with carbon fiber but has yet to use it in a race. Despite late improvements by his rivals, Pedrosa finished sixth in the race, behind Ducati riders Pirro, Martin, Bezzecchi, and Marini. Reigning champion Francesco Bagnaia finished in 20th place after a shocking accident in Barcelona the previous weekend. Ducati’s sporting director, Paolo Ciabatti, addressed the Marc Marquez-Gresini Ducati rumors, stating that Marquez has a contract with Honda until next year.

Pedrosa’s teammate Enea Bastianini is absent from the race after fracturing his hand and ankle, while Honda test rider Stefan Bradl is thought to be using prototype 2024 parts. LCR Honda’s Alex Rins is still recovering from leg injuries and is replaced in the race by Japanese test rider Takumi Takahashi. Bagnaia maintains a reduced 50-point lead in the championship standings ahead of the next race in Misano.

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Source: Crash.net

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