Casey Stoner's domination of the MotoGP class continues. The Australian took a clean sweep of free practice on Saturday morning, ending FP3 nearly half a second faster than the chasing pack. Stoner's time came despite crashing midway through the session, the Repsol Honda man running over the inside of the kerbs at the Chemin aux Boeufs esses and losing the front. Once back in the pits, he climbed aboard his second bike and immediately seized the fastest time.
The Monster Tech 3 Yamaha riders took 2nd and 3rd, Cal Crutchlow taking 2nd with a few minutes to go, Andrea Dovizioso coming just four thousandths short of his teammate and rival, but both satellite riders ending ahead of Jorge Lorenzo, though only just. The Factory Yamaha rider ended the session in 4th, but with Alvaro Bautista once again hot on his heels, just 15 thousandths behind him. Stoner's Repsol Honda teammate Dani Pedrosa struggled a little in 6th, while Valentino Rossi saw significant improvement from his Ducati to end in 7th, 0.8 behind Stoner, but three tenths behind the group running for 2nd. Rossi led a fleet of Ducatis, with Pramac's Hector Barbera in 8th, ahead of Nicky Hayden in 9th, and Karel Abraham rounding out the top 10.
|13||14||Randy DE PUNIET||ART||1'36.389||2.444||0.921|
|Not qualified (Out 107%) 1'40.521|