Casey Stoner topped the timesheets after the first day of practice at the Red Bull US GP, the Marlboro Ducati rider getting within a couple of tenths of the lap record after just a single session. Stoner's first run seemed a lot less promising, the Australian heading back into the pits where his second bike had its setup radically revised, before taking to the track once again to lay down his usual scorching pace. Jorge Lorenzo was the only man to get near for most of practice, the Fiat Yamaha rider leading the first half of the session before being eclipsed by Stoner in the second half.
Towards the end of the session, Stoner and Lorenzo were joined by the two Repsol Hondas, Andrea Dovizioso coming out comfortably ahead of teammate Dani Pedrosa, the Italian running extremely well at Laguna. In 5th place, Monster Tech 3 Yamaha's Ben Spies showed what a difference track knowledge makes, working on setup on Friday instead of learning his way around a new circuit, and getting within spitting distance of Pedrosa. Spies also finished ahead of the Fiat Yamaha of Valentino Rossi, the Italian suffering no so much with his pinned leg, but more with his shoulder as he muscled his way down the Corkscrew.
Rossi was the meat in an American sandwich, with Marlboro Ducati's Nicky Hayden and Monster Tech 3 Yamaha's Colin Edwards behind him in 7th and 8th, while San Carlo Gresini's Marco Melandri ended the day in 9th. Pramac Ducati rider Aleix Espargaro rounded out the top ten, the Spanish rookie having been given the green light to race, after a fractured vertebra found after his crash at the Sachsenring turned out to be old, and not a reason to prevent Espargaro from riding.
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