Yesterday’s practice session saw Jorge Lorenzo, Yamaha, the fastest among other MotoGP riders at Misano. Lorenzo did struggle on his bike initially at the morning session, but was the fastest when he came back strongly at noon. Lorenzo was 0.076 seconds quicker than Casey Stoner and clocked a time of 1:33:929. Casey’s teammate, Dani, was third and clocked 0.200 seconds slower than Stoner.
After the session, Lorenzo told he felt more comfortable this noon with changes they made on his bike. They had setup the bike to what they did in Mugello last time around where he won. To have made an improvement of 1 second was a bit of a surprise for Lorenzo, and he was honest enough to accept that. He felt they were inching closer to a win now. He feels Stoner and Pedrosa were still so quick, but was happy they were at least with them now.
Marco Simoncelli, San Carlo Honda, was 4th when he improved his timing by 1/2 second. Following the session, Simoncelli voiced that he’s happy as they’ve improved a lot from the morning session and he had set a good rhythm. He told they were already faster than his previous lap times in qualifying last year saying they needed to improve a bit more as he felt Jorge and Casey were 3/10 or 4/10 seconds faster than him.
Simoncelli was followed by Ben Spies, the American, one rider not to have improved on his morning session’s timing finishing 0.54 seconds behind Jorge. Spies said it wasn’t bad today, they did try different things on the bike and wasn’t a good second session for them. The team had been working on riding positions at Indianapolis and before that too. He told the team had come up with positive things for him. He said they did try to go more in that direction and lost a bit of time doing that this noon.
Andrea Dovizioso, Repsol Honda, in the meantime, came 6th after more than a second’s gap behind Casey Stoner. Alvaro Bautista, Rizla Suzuki, did suffer problems with engine, but did manage to come 7th after switching bikes. Hector Barbera of Mapfre Aspar was 8th, Aoyama of San Carlo Honda 9th and Colin Edwards 10th of Monster Yamaha Tech3.