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Casey Stoner was hot on the new racing surface in Indy
MotoGP is back in America, this time in the heart of Indianapolis, Indiana and Casey Stoner took to the infield road course to lay down the fastest lap on Friday. Practice day at the famous Brickyard allowed the riders to test tires and setup for this weekend's event, and the points leader took his Repsol Honda to the top of the time charts with a 1:40.724 for a scorching lap that was three seconds faster than the 2010 pole winning time. The Australian also set the best lap time in the first practice today on a slippery resurfaced track.
"This afternoon the track was slightly better and of course the lap times improved with more bikes on track and cleaning it up, but I'm still not comfortable on this surface. It's incredibly slippery and the track is certainly my least favorite of the whole season," said Stoner.
Indianapolis Motor Speedway repaved a 1.5 mile section of the circuit, which was the cause of the slippery conditions, but between the first and second practices for the premier series the support series' bikes were out on track laying down a rubber groove, allowing Stoner and others to vastly improve their times in the second practice.
American Ben Spies on his Yamaha was second fastest with his best time of 1:40.918. Last year's winner, Dani Pedrosa was third best for the day with a 1:41.205. Wearing the #1 on his Yamaha, last year's champion Jorge Lorenzo was fourth best with a 1:41.461. Wrapping up a good show for the Honda factory team with fifth on the opening day's practice was Andrea Dovizioso with a 1:41.536.
Along with Spies, two other American riders started their programs today within the top ten. Colin Edwards of the Yamaha Tech 3 team wrapped up Friday 6th fastest, slightly less than a second off Stoner's pace. Two spots down the time-sheet was Nicky Hayden in 8th, the Ducati rider was noticeably faster than his teammate, Valentino Rossi.
The six time MotoGP champion, Rossi was 11th on the day and the experienced rider said, “This morning the track conditions were really critical. There was no grip, and it seemed like we were riding in the wet. Things improved a lot in the afternoon though, which is a sign that the asphalt is good and that it was just very dirty since it hadn’t been ridden on yet. It’s also a good sign for tomorrow because the conditions should continue to improve."