Casey Stoner continues to lead the MotoGP class at Barcelona, topping the final session of free practice at the circuit, but his outright domination is over. The surprise is that it is the Yamahas which have closed the gap, Jorge Lorenzo getting to within an eighth of a second of the Repsol Honda rider. Marco Simoncelli remains fast, finishing in 3rd, but he has been less successful in closing the gap to Stoner, while Lorenzo's factory Yamaha teammate Ben Spies showed a similar improvement to the Spaniard, taking nearly a second off his deficit to the fastest man Stoner.
Andrea Dovizioso ended the session in 5th spot, ahead of top Ducati Nicky Hayden, who made almost as big an improvement as Spies. Cal Crutchlow put in another outstanding performance to finish in 7th, nearly half a second quicker than Valentino Rossi on the second Marlboro Ducati. Rossi had another crash during the session, losing the front very fast and seemingly without reason in turn 5, but as both Loris Capirossi and Randy de Puniet crashed there, the corner seemed to have a penchant for collecting Ducatis. Capirossi ended the session in 9th, ahead of Alvaro Bautista on the Rizla Suzuki.
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