Dani Pedrosa has taken a commanding lead at Indianapolis, topping the second session of free practice for the MotoGP class in the afternoon, and smashing the race lap record along the way. Pedrosa led by over a second for much of the session, with Ben Spies the only rider to get within half a second at the end of FP2. Factory Yamaha teammate and current championship leader Jorge Lorenzo was 3rd fastest, just ahead of Tech 3's Andrea Dovizioso, though both men were over seven tenths slower than Pedrosa.
Casey Stoner was the 5th fastest man of the afternoon, after leading during the morning. But while the better track conditions allowed Stoner to improve by well over a second, everyone else took two seconds or more off their best times, Stoner trailing his teammate by nearly nine tenths. The Australian was the last man inside a second, though: Cal Crutchlow put the second Tech 3 Yamaha into 6th, ahead of the satellite Hondas of Alvaro Bautista and Stefan Bradl, while Nicky Hayden suffered the same fate as Casey Stoner, not improving his time as much as the rest and finishing 9th, just ahead of teammate Valentino Rossi.
Toni Elias is now riding for Hector Barbera, after Barbera was diagnosed with three fractured dorsal vertebra. Elias ended the session in 17th, well down among the CRT bikes.
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