Defending Champion Jorge Lorenzo led the MotoGP field on the first day of the Gran Premio Aperol di San Marino e della Riviera di Rimini, the 13th round of the MotoGP Championship.
The hot and humid weather on the Adriatic coast produced rain drops in the final minutes of the session, but it held off long enough for all but one in the MotoGP field to better their times from the morning session. Lorenzo (Yamaha Factory Racing) topped the field with a 1?33.929 on lap ten of 22, bettering his time from the first practice outing by 1.213 seconds and the only rider to break below the 1?34 mark.
Casey Stoner (Repsol Honda) made a run for the front with his best lap of 1?34.005, just missing the top spot by 0.076s to rank second for the day. The Australian out paced team mate and last year?s dominating man at Misano, Dani Pedrosa, by 0.200s.
Marco Simoncelli (San Carlo Honda Gresini Team) improved his time by over half a second, posting a 1?34.444 to place him fourth in the combined times for the day. Ben Spies (Yamaha Factory Racing) was the only rider unable to improve his time from the morning session, posting a time one thousandth of a second slower in the afternoon meet, placing him fifth in the session and remaining fifth of the day.
Andrea Dovizioso (Repsol Honda) took the sixth spot with a time of 1'34.989, improving his earlier time by 0.153s, ahead of Rizla Suzuki?s �lvaro Bautista who suffered engine problems at the start of the session, but switched bikes and posted a time of 1'35.023 which was half a second quicker than his FP1 time.
H�ctor Barber� (Mapfre Aspar ) posted the eighth quickest time with a 1'35.111, 3 tenths better than his morning lap, while Hiroshi Aoyama (San Carlo Honda Gresini) ranked ninth of the day with a 1'35.282 lap time on his penultimate lap, an improvement of eight tenths.
Colin Edwards (Monster Yamaha Tech 3) took the tenth spot in the timings, Valentino Rossi (Ducati Team) in 11th with a time of 1?35.331, 0.087s ahead of Randy de Puniet (Pramac Racing).
Nicky Hayden (Ducati Team) was 13th, followed by Karel Abraham (Cardion AB Motoracing), Cal Crutchlow (Monster Yamaha Tech 3), Loris Capirossi (Pramac Racing) and Toni El�as (LCR Honda).