Jorge Lorenzo sits atop the timesheets after the first day of practice for the MotoGP class, the Factory Yamaha rider having controlled the afternoon session with ease, smashing the Barcelona race lap record in the attempt. Yamaha riders had a monopoly over the top of the timesheet for much of the session, with all 4 Yamahas sitting in the top 5 at one point. But times tumbled towards the end of the session, allowing a few interlopers to intervene.
San Carlo Gresini's Alvaro Bautista grabbed the 2nd spot, two tenths of a second behind Lorenzo, the Spaniard posting a strong performance throughout FP2. The Monster Tech 3 Yamahas followed, Cal Crutchlow staying ahead of Andrea Dovizioso, while Pramac Ducati's Hector Barbera inserted himself between the Tech 3 bikes and Ben Spies to grap 5th. Spies, who had a good session throughout, found himself in 6th, just ahead of Dani Pedrosa, the first of the factory Hondas. Both Pedrosa and Casey Stoner (10th) failed to make an impact, though both stuck with the harder option tires which may have had an effect. Stefan Bradl bagged 8th place, while Nicky Hayden took 9th, and was the last rider to finish within a second of Lorenzo.
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