Jorge Lorenzo continued to top the timesheets in the second session of free practice at Assen, but unlike Thursday afternoon, the Fiat Yamaha rider stamped his authority on the session by taking a lead of over three tenths of a second. Lorenzo seized the initiative from Marlboro Ducati's Casey Stoner, who had led for much of the session, but could not match the Spaniard when Lorenzo upped the pace.
Dani Pedrosa ended the session in 3rd, normal service resuming with the remaining three Aliens topping the timesheets, while Ben Spies and Nicky Hayden were snapping at Pedrosa's tail in 4th and 5th, ahead of Randy de Puniet, the LCR Honda sporting sponsorship from local Dutch clothing brand REV'IT.
While FP1 ended up incident free, the second session of practice saw a number of riders go off track. The worst incident saw Marco Melandri run straight on at the new Ruskenhoek section, then mess up his re-entry onto the track. Instead of running through the escape route, the San Carlo Gresini Honda rider ran off onto the grass, the bike beginning to slide just as he hit the track again, causing Melandri to be catapulted off the bike in a giant highside. Melandri was taken away for inspection at the Clinica Mobile, where he was diagnosed with a suspected dislocated shoulder, and is doubtful for this afternoon's qualifying session. If Melandri is ruled out of the race tomorrow, we will be back down to 15 riders on the grid, including a replacement test rider. The grid is looking very threadbare once again.
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