Jorge Lorenzo was the fastest man in an incident-filled afternoon session of practice for the MotoGP class at Mugello. The Factory Yamaha rider dominated from the start, posting a lap very close to the outright lap record early in the session. As FP2 went on, the other riders closed the gap, with both Dani Pedrosa and Nicky Hayden getting within a tenth of a second by the time the checkered flag was waved.
Hector Barbera ended FP2 in 4th, the Spaniard posting the highest top speed of the weekend so far, and finishing ahead of Andrea Dovizioso, the Monster Tech 3 Yamaha man still less than a quarter of a second behind Lorenzo. Casey Stoner posted the 6th fastest time, but the Repsol Honda man had a troubled session, finding it hard to get up to speed, and then running into traffic at the end, prompting Stoner to barge Danilo Petrucci aside rather harshly, after the IODA CRT rider had a moment at Casanova and slowed Stoner's progress. Ben Spies ended the sessioin in 7th, ahead of Cal Crutchlow, while Valentino Rossi finished in 9th, just ahead of Stefan Bradl.
The session saw a number of crashes, especially with riders going straight on at the end of the straight and running into the gravel at San Donato. Jorge Lorenzo was one rider to do so, having a very low speed tumble as he struggled to turn the bike in the deep gravel. Hector Barbera had a bigger moment, crashing at Scarperia, his bike tumbling and landing on the track. The crash kicked up so much dirt onto the track that the session had to be red-flagged to allow it to be cleaned. The break was only very brief, however, the riders back on track after an interruption of just a few minutes.
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