Drama-filled session with Lorenzo seemingly unable to play nice with the tires he has to use--near the end of the session he went out and cut a lap fast enough to get into the "fast" qualifying session, putting his teammate, Valentino Rossi, on the bubble. Both made it.
Tech 3 rider Bradley Smith destroyed a bike in a massive high side crash which he was lucky to survive. Cal Crutchlow also crashed in the session but was able to return on his second bike.
Italian Andrea Iannone cut an unbelievably fast lap in the session as he drafted the Honda of Dani Pedrosa. "Crazy Joe" on the soft "Open" tire and Pedrosa, not, of course.
It sprinkled rain for a few minutes in the session, spooking riders and crew. The clouds passed.
With qualifying still to come tomorrow, one has to be thinking the solid "race" money might be on Alvaro Bautista. He's been fast on the "factory" Bridgestone rubber and has endured little drama. Soft tire heroes are all around him in the sessions, but it's conventional wisdom that the soft tire will never work long enough to finish on the podium. However that rings like what they told VR 1000 rider Pascal Picotte one year at Sears Point. The Canadian used the "unusable" to almost win the race.