Casey Stoner ended the first session of practice at Misano for the MotoGP class on top of the timesheets, and on course to set lap records, the Australian ending the session with a time 0.160 under the existing race lap record. Though Stoner and his Repsol Honda teammate Dani Pedrosa had led for much of qualifying, it looked like Ben Spies would end the session ahead of them, the factory Yamaha rider taking the lead in the final minutes of FP1, only to see Stoner blitz his time on the Australian's final flying lap. Spies was demoted to 2nd spot, just ahead of Pedrosa.
Andrea Dovizioso made it three Repsol Hondas in the top four, just sneaking ahead of his rival for HRC's affections Marco Simoncelli on the San Carlo Gresini Honda. The Italians ended the session ahead of Jorge Lorenzo, the defending World Champion getting off to a difficult start at Misano and managing to set only the 6th fastest time nearly a second behind his rival for the 2011 crown Casey Stoner.
In 7th and first Ducati came the impressive Hector Barbera, the Mapfre Aspar rider improving on the satellite GP11, while Alvaro Bautista finished just under a tenth behind his compatriot on the Rizla Suzuki. Monster Tech 3 Yamaha's Colin Edwards - due to announce officially that he will no longer be a Monster Tech 3 Yamaha rider this evening - ended the session as 9th fastest, while Cardion AB rider Karel Abraham was 10th. Valentino Rossi got off to an incredibly difficult start at his home race, managing to set just the 11th fastest time over a second-and-a-half behind the man whose seat at Ducati he took, Casey Stoner.
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