Jorge Lorenzo got up to speed fastest as the MotoGP field acclimatised to the new Silverstone in Friday practice.
The championship leader ended the first hour of running 0.142 seconds ahead of Casey Stoner's Ducati.
Stoner had been the early pacesetter, before the impressive Randy de Puniet (LCR Honda) and Andrea Dovizioso (Honda) took turns on top for a while.
Yamaha's sole works rider Lorenzo then moved to the head of the order with 12 minutes to go, improving his time to 2m05.991s on his next lap. Any other gains were prevented when a hard rain shower started two minutes from the end, sending everyone to the pits.
Stoner improved just before then, pushing Dovizioso and de Puniet back to third and fourth, with Ben Spies completing the top five for Tech 3 Yamaha.
Mugello winner Dani Pedrosa was back in sixth on the second works Honda, while Ducati's Nicky Hayden was 10th. Gresini Honda got both riders in the top ten - Marco Melandri and Marco Simoncelli in seventh and ninth, split by Pramac Ducati's Aleix Espargaro.
Pos Rider Team Time Gap 1. Jorge Lorenzo Yamaha 2m05.991s 2. Casey Stoner Ducati 2m06.133s + 0.142s 3. Andrea Dovizioso Honda 2m06.347s + 0.356s 4. Randy de Puniet LCR Honda 2m06.439s + 0.448s 5. Ben Spies Tech 3 Yamaha 2m07.250s + 1.259s 6. Dani Pedrosa Honda 2m07.586s + 1.595s 7. Marco Melandri Gresini Honda 2m07.588s + 1.597s 8. Aleix Espargaro Pramac Ducati 2m07.927s + 1.936s 9. Marco Simoncelli Gresini Honda 2m07.951s + 1.960s 10. Nicky Hayden Ducati 2m08.300s + 2.309s 11. Hector Barbera Aspar Ducati 2m08.452s + 2.461s 12. Colin Edwards Tech 3 Yamaha 2m08.525s + 2.534s 13. Alvaro Bautista Suzuki 2m08.666s + 2.675s 14. Hiroshi Aoyama Interwetten Honda 2m09.639s + 3.648s 15. Loris Capirossi Suzuki 2m09.805s + 3.814s 16. Mika Kallio Pramac Ducati 2m10.227s + 4.236s
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