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2013-07-20 09:33

PEDROSA BACK ON TRACK: Honda's Dani Pedrosa speaks with journalists in the paddock during free practice ahead of the 2013 Laguna Seca MotoGP. Image: AFP

LARRY FINE

LAGUNA SECA, California - World champion Jorge Lorenzo and rival Dani Pedrosa have been passed as fit to race in the 2013 US MottoGP here.

Each was injured during the 2013 German MotoGP weekend - Lorenzo for the second time in two weeks.

The Spanish pair, in strong contention for the championship midway through the season, were cleared to race by the circuit's chief medical officer and made tentative returns during Friday's practice.

PEDROSA SITS OUT

Yamaha rider Lorenzo broke a collar bone during practice for the Dutch MotoGP in July and missed the German GP a week later after another crash during practice there undid the earlier surgery that had inserted screws and a metal plate to repair the broken bone.

He posted the sixth-fastest time in Friday's second practice session at Seca after warming up with 11th-quickest in the first.

Honda's Pedrosa, who also missed the previous week's race at the Sachsenring after breaking a collar bone during practice there, sat out the first session at Seca but clocked 11th-fastest in the second.

Championship leader Marc Marquez (Honda) topped the time sheets in the second session with a 1min22.04 after Briton Cal Crutchlow was fastest in the earlier session with a 1min22.757 on his Tech3 Honda.

Seven-times World champion Valentino Rossi was fourth-fastest in the second session for Yamaha.

Italian rider Andrea Iannone, however, was ruled out of Sunday's race after dislocating a shoulder at the Sachsenring and was not be replaced by his Pramac Ducati team.

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