The morning fog that is a normal part of most mornings at Laguna Seca was a little thicker and hung around for longer than usual on Saturday morning, causing the AMA session which precedes MotoGP to be rescheduled, but burning off just enough for some MotoGP bikes to go out once FP3 started. The track was still greasy from the mist, the spot under the bridge on the front straight causing a particular problem, but a few brave souls who really needed the track time went out. That was Steve Rapp, especially, as the Attack Kawasaki CRT bike had not turned a wheel on a racetrack until FP1 on Friday, and the improvement by the bike showed, Rapp quickly improving his times from yesterday by a significant margin.
Ten minutes before the session ended, the fog had lifted sufficiently for all of the riders to start thinking of venturing out. Ben Spies was the first brave soul, joining Rapp, Ivan Silva and James Ellison who had already been circulating for a while. Spies soon took top spot, but once his Factory Yamaha teammate Jorge Lorenzo hit the track, it was the Spaniard who dominated, getting well down into the 1'21s to end up topping the timesheets by over eight tenths of a second. Spies finished in 2nd, ahead of Ducati's Nicky Hayden and Monster Tech 3 Yamaha's Cal Crutchlow, while Valentino Rossi was 5th.
The session did not produce much meaningful data, however. So tricky were the conditions that Casey Stoner and Dani Pedrosa decided to sit out FP3 altogether. But the sun is quickly burning off the fog, meaning that qualifying this afternoon should take place in much better conditions.
|8||14||Randy DE PUNIET||ART||1'24.398||2.953||0.209|
|Not qualified (Out 107%) 1'27.146|