Jorge Lorenzo has topped the timesheets during the first session of free practice for the MotoGP class on their return to Silverstone, taking the lead with a quarter of the session to go. The Fiat Yamaha rider finished a little over a tenth ahead of Marlboro Ducati's Casey Stoner, who, like Lorenzo, took a little while to get up to speed at the track. Andrea Dovizioso ended the session in 3rd, another two tenths behind Stoner.
The early running had been made by LCR Honda's Randy de Puniet, who used the benefit of the experienced he gained on a track day at Silverstone a few weeks ago. But Lorenzo, Stoner, and Dovizioso had matched the Frenchman's pace by the halfway mark, and were ahead of him shortly afterwards. Monster Tech 3 Yamaha's Ben Spies did not have the benefit of prior track knowledge, but ended the session in 5th, though over a second and a quarter behind Lorenzo. Spies did finish ahead of Repsol Honda man Dani Pedrosa, who was nearly 1.6 seconds behind his title rival Lorenzo, and only a couple of thousandths ahead of San Carlo Gresini's Marco Melandri.
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