Lorenzo quickest in opening practice

Jorge Lorenzo set the fastest time of the opening MotoGP practice session ahead of this weekend's race at Brno

Lorenzo quickest in opening practice

The championship leader bettered Valentino Rossi's benchmark with 20 minutes remaining and then improved his time to pull more than half a second clear at the head of the field.

Dani Pedrosa had been quickest early on and responded to Lorenzo's final push to move up to second, just ahead of Rossi.

Andrea Dovizioso, Nicky Hayden and Colin Edwards completed the top six, with Casey Stoner 1.3 seconds slower than Lorenzo in seventh place.

There were no improvements in the last quarter of the session as a light rain descended on the Czech circuit and nobody took the risk.

Marco Simoncelli was the only faller, dropping his Gresini Honda into the gravel inside the first 10 minutes. Ben Spies and Alvaro Bautista rounded out the top 10.

Pos Rider Team Time Gap 1. Jorge Lorenzo Yamaha 1m57.215s 2. Dani Pedrosa Honda 1m57.756s + 0.541s 3. Valentino Rossi Yamaha 1m57.821s + 0.606s 4. Andrea Dovizioso Honda 1m57.873s + 0.658s 5. Nicky Hayden Ducati 1m58.286s + 1.071s 6. Colin Edwards Tech 3 Yamaha 1m58.497s + 1.282s 7. Casey Stoner Ducati 1m58.532s + 1.317s 8. Marco Simoncelli Gresini Honda 1m58.840s + 1.625s 9. Ben Spies Tech 3 Yamaha 1m58.970s + 1.755s 10. Alvaro Bautista Suzuki 1m59.204s + 1.989s 11. Loris Capirossi Suzuki 1m59.216s + 2.001s 12. Aleix Espargaro Pramac Ducati 1m59.254s + 2.039s 13. Mika Kallio Pramac Ducati 1m59.289s + 2.074s 14. Marco Melandri Gresini Honda 1m59.510s + 2.295s 15. Hector Barbera Aspar Ducati 1m59.910s + 2.695s 16. Randy de Puniet LCR Honda 2m00.184s + 2.969s 17. Alex de Angelis Interwetten Honda 2m01.098s + 3.883s 
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