Jorge Lorenzo's domination at Mugello continues, the Factory Yamaha rider once again the fastest man of the session at Mugello. Lorenzo was quick right out of the box, lapping in the 1'47s within a couple of laps, then turning up the pace to cut his time to 1'47.584, nearly half a second faster than the pole position record at Mugello, posting those times on the hard tires.
Unlike Friday, however, Jorge Lorenzo was not having it all his own way. The Repsol Hondas, who had struggled with the hard rear tires on the first day of practice, were markedly quicker on Saturday, Dani Pedrosa setting a time within a tenth of a second of Lorenzo's, Casey Stoner another couple of tenths behind. Ben Spies also improved his pace, setting the 4th quickest time and also getting into the 1'47s, and ending the session ahead of the Monster Tech 3 Yamahas, Andrea Dovizioso marginally quicker than Cal Crutchlow. Nicky Hayden was once again fastest Ducati, just over half a second slower than Jorge Lorenzo, and finishing in front of Hector Barbera and Stefan Bradl.
Valentino Rossi showed off the special helmet he had painted for Mugello, a very Italian affair showing an Italian singer from the '60s and '70s, and bearing the Italian's catchphrase "Let's stick together". It did him a little good, as he ended the session in 10th, over a second off the time of Lorenzo. Aleix Espargaro did an outstanding job on the Aspar CRT bike, half a second off the pace of Rossi and within 1.6 seconds of Lorenzo, very close considering that Mugello is such a massively fast track. Espargaro ended the session ahead of Alvaro Bautista, the San Carlo Gresini Honda rider losing the front at turn 12 unexpectedly, his third crash of the weekend, and looking visibly shaken when he returned to the pits.
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