Casey Stoner was the lone rider in the 1:40's in the first practice seesion of the weekend on a beautiful Friday afternoon at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Stoner, who is taking advantage of the new Ohlins forks that the team tested at Brno, took over 1st on the timesheets with about 20 minutes to go in the session from Jorge Lorenzo who had dominated practice until that point. Lorenzo, resplendent in his "Iron Man" themed helmet and Fiat 500 leathers that had finally made it through customs, looked comfortable the entire session.
Third place man Nicky Hayden crashed heavily in turn thirteen with about 15 minutes remaining but returned on his back-up Desmosedici to turn a couple of laps at the end of the session. Hayden went down on his injured left wrist, the arm of his Alpinestars leathers heavily scuffed, and looked to be flexing the offending limb, but team management said that the Kentuckian did not suffer further injury.
Repsol Honda's Dani Pedrosa lanquished in mid-pack until ten minutes to go, when he went 4th, a position he held at the end of the session. Fellow lanquisher Valentino Rossi put in his fastest lap late in the session to come fifth.
Rossi's replacement at Fiat Yamaha, Ben Spies, who floated about around the top of the sheets most of the hour, crashed in turn six with 6 minutes to go. Spies is apparently unhurt.