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08/26/11
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Spies leads opening practice at Indy  2010 pole-sitter Ben Spies was quickest in the opening Friday practice session at Indianapolis. With a best effort of 1:43.260 on the new track surface, the Yamaha rider topped the timesheets from championship leader Casey Stoner, with fellow Americans Colin Edwards and Nicky Hayden also in the top five.

With conditions ideal, crowds were delighted to see the three national riders highly placed, with only the Ducati of Stoner and Gresini Honda of Marco Simoncelli spoiling the symmetry. Italians Valentino Rossi and Andrea Dovizioso occupied the next two spots, with Spaniards filling places eight to eleven.

Stoner led the way with 90 seconds to go although Spies soon retook the top spot, just under a comfortable three tenths of a second quicker. With championship contender Jorge Lorenzo managing no more than ninth, Dani Pedrosa was seen entering the pits several times en route to tenth.

Karel Abraham’s Cardion bike was struck by problems early on, which appeared to return five minutes before the end of the session when the Czech returned to the pits.

Results

Pos.

Num. Rider Nation Team Bike Time Gap 1st/Prev.
1 11 Ben SPIES USA Yamaha Factory Racing Yamaha 1'43.260 0.000 / 0/0000
2 27 Casey STONER AUS Repsol Honda Team Honda 1'43.552 0.292 / 0.292
3 5 Colin EDWARDS USA Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 1'43.574 0.314 / 0.022
4 58 Marco SIMONCELLI ITA San Carlo Honda Gresini Honda 1'43.582 0.322 / 0.008
5 69 Nicky HAYDEN USA Ducati Team Ducati 1'44.236 0.976 / 0.654
6 46 Valentino ROSSI ITA Ducati Team Ducati 1'44.362 1.102 / 0.126
7 4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO ITA Repsol Honda Team Honda 1'44.551 1.291 / 0.189
8 8 Hector BARBERA SPA Mapfre Aspar Team MotoGP Ducati 1'45.026 1.766 / 0.475
9 1 Jorge LORENZO SPA Yamaha Factory Racing Yamaha 1'45.065 1.805 / 0.039
10 26 Dani PEDROSA SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 1'45.192 1.932 / 0.127
11 19 Alvaro BAUTISTA SPA Rizla Suzuki MotoGP Suzuki 1'45.249 1.989 / 0.057
12 35 Cal CRUTCHLOW GBR Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 1'45.368 2.108 / 0.119
13 14 Randy DE PUNIET FRA Pramac Racing Team Ducati 1'45.577 2.317 / 0.209
14 7 Hiroshi AOYAMA JPN San Carlo Honda Gresini Honda 1'46.159 2.899 / 0.582
15 65 Loris CAPIROSSI ITA Pramac Racing Team Ducati 1'46.484 3.224 / 0.325
16 17 Karel ABRAHAM CZE Cardion AB Motoracing Ducati 1'46.643 3.383 / 0.159
17 24 Toni ELIAS SPA LCR Honda MotoGP Honda 1'47.507 4.247 / 0.864

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