Nicky Hayden and Valentino Rossi both enjoyed decent starts despite unfavourable grid positions, but both had to overcome problems.
The 25-year-old rider from Valencia made the best start of his 2012 MotoGP campaign
Crutchlow's brilliant last lap attack continued his impressive qualifying record in 2012
Lorenzo then responded, taking red through the first three splits but making a small mistake on the final chicane to end up in third on the grid for tomorrow’s race.
The first day of free practice at the Dutch TT saw both Ducati Team riders reduce their gaps to the top of the time sheets.
Gordon Hatch, MotoGP Correspondent
The Repsol Honda Team travel to the north of Europe this week in preparation for the seventh round of the MotoGP World Championship.
The MotoGP paddock arrives in The Netherlands this week for the only Saturday race of the year, The Assen TT on the 30th June.