Jorge Lorenzo has taken charge of proceedings at Laguna Seca, the factory Yamaha rider seizing control of the second session of free practice for the MotoGP class in the early stages and going on to top the timesheets with a lap just outside of the 1'21 bracket. More impressive than Lorenzo's best time - a 1'22.056 - was his string of 1'22.2s which he reeled off effortlessly on each of his runs during the session. The Repsol Hondas follow Lorenzo, but at a bit of a distance. Both Dani Pedrosa in 2nd and Casey Stoner in 3rd are less than two tenths of a second behind Lorenzo, but their pace is further off the Yamaha man's. Stoner, in particular, appeared to struggle with his bike, only improving to get close to Lorenzo at the very end of the session.
Andrea Dovizioso is the 4th fastest man, just under half a second off Lorenzo, with Lorenzo's teammate Ben Spies a few hundredths slower than Dovizioso. Marco Simoncelli ended the day as 6th fastest man, just under three quarters of a second behind Lorenzo, and the last man inside a second. Alvaro Bautista's impressive showing at the Sachsenring has given the Rizla Suzuki rider some encouragement, Bautista finishing the session in 7th exactly a second behind Lorenzo, and just ahead of Pramac Ducati's Randy de Puniet and Monster Tech 3 Yamaha's Colin Edwards. After deciding to stick with the GP11.1 for the rest of the weekend - and therefore probably the rest of the season - Nicky Hayden and Valentino Rossi ended the session in 10th and 11th respectively, both having improved their times, but both still well over a second from the front three. The GP11.1 is probably an improvement over the GP11, but it's a long, long way from being a truly competitive motorcycle.
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