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Lorenzo beats Stoner in practice two

Jorge Lorenzo, Yamaha, Laguna SecaJorge Lorenzo was quickest in Saturday morning practice at Laguna Seca, as his battle with Casey Stoner continued.

There was little to choose between the Yamaha and Ducati riders as they battled for the top spot in the session, but Lorenzo's 1m21.763s lap near the mid-point was sufficient to keep him on top by 0.063 seconds over the Australian.

As was the case on Friday, the works Hondas were third and fourth, with Dani Pedrosa ahead of Andrea Dovizioso this time.

Ben Spies was again the quickest American in fifth for Tech 3 Yamaha, with Valentino Rossi also repeating his practice one result in sixth on the second factory Yamaha.

American duo Colin Edwards (Tech 3) and Nicky Hayden (Ducati) swapped places from Friday in seventh and eighth. Satellite Ducati riders Hector Barbera (Aspar) and Aleix Espargaro (Pramac) completed the top 10.

The latter's team-mate Mika Kallio was the only man to crash in the session, sliding off on his sixth lap but getting up uninjured and later rejoining.

Substitute riders Roger Lee Hayden - in for Randy de Puniet at LCR Honda and Alex de Angelis - deputising for Hiroshi Aoyama on the Interwetten Honda - had a close battle at the tail of the field, with Hayden emerging in front by 0.3s.

Pos  Rider             Team               Time       Gap
 1.  Jorge Lorenzo     Yamaha             1m21.763s
 2.  Casey Stoner      Ducati             1m21.826s  + 0.063s
 3.  Dani Pedrosa      Honda              1m21.876s  + 0.113s
 4.  Andrea Dovizioso  Honda              1m22.166s  + 0.403s
 5.  Ben Spies         Tech 3 Yamaha      1m22.293s  + 0.530s
 6.  Valentino Rossi   Yamaha             1m22.334s  + 0.571s
 7.  Colin Edwards     Tech 3 Yamaha      1m22.642s  + 0.879s
 8.  Nicky Hayden      Ducati             1m22.769s  + 1.006s
 9.  Hector Barbera    Aspar Ducati       1m22.846s  + 1.083s
10.  Aleix Espargaro   Pramac Ducati      1m22.913s  + 1.150s
11.  Marco Melandri    Gresini Honda      1m23.077s  + 1.314s
12.  Loris Capirossi   Suzuki             1m23.307s  + 1.544s
13.  Alvaro Bautista   Suzuki             1m23.310s  + 1.547s
14.  Marco Simoncelli  Gresini Honda      1m23.706s  + 1.943s
15.  Mika Kallio       Pramac Ducati      1m24.037s  + 2.274s
16.  Roger Lee Hayden  LCR Honda          1m24.368s  + 2.605s
17.  Alex de Angelis   Interwetten Honda  1m24.637s  + 2.874s
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