Jorge Lorenzo has topped the final session of free practice, the factory Yamaha rider taking top spot after a storming performance from Monster Tech 3 Yamaha's Cal Crutchlow. Crutchlow had been fast all session, putting in a blistering lap with a few minutes to go, only to see Lorenzo blast past in the final moments. Fastest man of the first to FP session Casey Stoner was relegated to 3rd, the Repsol Honda man struggling with grip on his bike, and missing out on the opportunity to post a fast lap by stopping to remonstrate with a slower rider on his out lap.
Andrea Dovizioso made it three Yamahas in the top four, with only a crash by Ben Spies earlier in the session preventing it from being four bikes at the top. Dani Pedrosa ended the session in 5th, ahead of Pramac Ducati's Hector Barbera, who had posted a fast lap early in the session getting a tow from a faster rider. Nicky Hayden led the factory Ducati duo, 1.1 seconds behind Lorenzo and just over a tenth faster than teammate Valntino Rossi, while LCR Honda's Stefan Bradl won the battle of the satellite Hondas, holding off Alvaro Bautista to take 9th. Randy de Puniet won the battle of the CRTs this time, just edging Colin Edwards by a narrow margin.
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