Casey Stoner was the fastest out of the box at Barcelona, topping the first session of free practice for the MotoGP class. But the times were nothing to write home about, as cool temperatures and spots of rain made it an essentially meaningless session. The rain came very lightly a couple of times, first about halfway through, and then in the final 10 minutes, basically bringing the session to an early end.
Marco Simoncelli ended the session in 2nd spot - thankfully, there were few signs of much animosity towards the Italian at the track - finishing ahead of the factory Yamahas of Jorge Lorenzo and Ben Spies, with Andrea Dovizioso in 5th. The Monster Tech 3 Yamahas ended in 6th and 7th, Colin Edwards ahead of Cal Crutchlow, while the Marlboro Ducatis ended up in 8th and 9th, Nicly Hayden just a few hundredths faster than Valentino Rossi. Hiroshi Aoyama rounded out the top 10, just two thousandths of a second slower than Rossi.
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