The baking Barcelona sunshine brought track temperatures through the roof for the start of MotoGP FP2. The session was headed by a revitalised Valentino Rossi, the Italian setting a time of 1:42.297, the fastest lap of the weekend so far and quicker than the existing circuit race lap record. His teammate Jorge Lorenzo, who looked in seriously ominous form early in the session, ended up in second place only four hundredths behind Rossi. He was followed closely in third by fellow championship favourite and countryman Dani Pedrosa, the Spaniards appear to be reveling at their home track.
Alvaro Bautista made it three Spanish riders in the top five followed by Cal Crutchlow and Marc Marquez. The Ducati pairing of Nicky Hayden and Andrea Dovizioso finished in fairly promising seventh and eighth positions respectively, while Stefan Bradl and Aleix Espargaro completed the top ten. Espargaro continues his highly impressive form aboard his Aprilia powered CRT machine, finishing only nine tenths behind Rossi's ultra-quick lead lap time.
Bradl suffered a crash at the notorious turn ten. Bradley Smith was the other crasher, he had a big tumble at turn three and limped away gingerly in the arms of circuit medical staff. He didn't complete any laps following the spill.
|12||14||Randy DE PUNIET||ART||1'43.644||1.347||0.372|
|16||5||Colin EDWARDS||FTR Kawasaki||1'44.586||2.289||0.125|
|20||71||Claudio CORTI||FTR Kawasaki||1'45.513||3.216||0.176|
|23||67||Bryan STARING||FTR Honda||1'46.577||4.280||0.361|