Jorge Lorenzo led the field during the second session of free practice for the MotoGP class at the Sachsenring, crushing the opposition by dipping under the 1'22 barrier, and finishing nearly 4/10ths ahead of Casey Stoner. The Fiat Yamaha rider had struggled yesterday, but was clearly a good deal more comfortable on the second day of practice.
Behind Casey Stoner, Dani Pedrosa took the 3rd time, ahead of Stoner's Ducati team mate Nicky Hayden in 4th and Valentino Rossi in 5th, while a surprising Marco Melandri was 6th fastest in the session. Hayden's performance is a clear sign of progress, with the American leading the session at one point, and continually featuring in the top echelons. Melandri was similarly impressive, taking full advantage of the fact that horsepower is less of a factor at the tight Sachsenring circuit.
The field is once again very close. Lorenzo's gap to 2nd place man Stoner is the only large gap in the top 6, with less than 0.2 seconds separating Stoner in 2nd from Melandri in 6th. Even more impressive is the fact that the top 11 riders all the way down to Colin Edwards are inside Dani Pedrosa's race lap record from 2007.
Results of the MotoGP FP2 session: