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Jorge Lorenzo and Yamaha get back in front in second practice at Misano

Jorge Lorenzo, Yamaha, Misano 2011Jorge Lorenzo put Yamaha back on top in the second free practice session at Misano.

The reigning champion dominated the early part of the afternoon, setting a string of ever-faster laps that at one stage had him 1.1 seconds clear of his rivals.

But the Hondas closed in near the end, with first Dani Pedrosa getting within 0.3s, then championship leader and morning pacesetter Casey Stoner lapping just 0.076s shy of Lorenzo's 1m33.929s benchmark.

Pedrosa ended up third, with the works-spec Gresini Honda of Marco Simoncelli fourth.

Ben Spies and Andrea Dovizioso completed the top six on the second works Yamaha and third works Honda respectively.

Alvaro Bautisita continued Suzuki's steady improvement as he shrugged off an early engine blow-up to go seventh on his spare bike.

It was a less encouraging day for Valentino Rossi and Ducati, as the former champion's final push only got him up from 15th to 11th.

The fastest Ducati rider was Aspar man Hector Barbera in eighth, while Nicky Hayden was down in 13th on the second factory Desmosedici.

Pos  Rider             Team/Bike       Time       Gap
 1.  Jorge Lorenzo     Yamaha          1m33.929s
 2.  Casey Stoner      Honda           1m34.005s  + 0.076s
 3.  Dani Pedrosa      Honda           1m34.205s  + 0.276s
 4.  Marco Simoncelli  Gresini Honda   1m34.444s  + 0.515s
 5.  Ben Spies         Yamaha          1m34.469s  + 0.540s
 6.  Andrea Dovizioso  Honda           1m34.989s  + 1.060s
 7.  Alvaro Bautista   Suzuki          1m35.023s  + 1.094s
 8.  Hector Barbera    Aspar Ducati    1m35.111s  + 1.182s
 9.  Hiroshi Aoyama    Gresini Honda   1m35.282s  + 1.353s
10.  Colin Edwards     Tech 3 Yamaha   1m35.301s  + 1.372s
11.  Valentino Rossi   Ducati          1m35.331s  + 1.402s
12.  Randy de Puniet   Pramac Ducati   1m35.418s  + 1.489s
13.  Nicky Hayden      Ducati          1m35.419s  + 1.490s
14.  Karel Abraham     Cardion Ducati  1m35.423s  + 1.494s
15.  Cal Crutchlow     Tech 3 Yamaha   1m35.622s  + 1.693s
16.  Loris Capirossi   Pramac Ducati   1m35.826s  + 1.897s
17.  Toni Elias        LCR Honda       1m36.196s  + 2.267s
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