Lorenzo stays ahead in second practice
Jorge Lorenzo retained his early Spanish Grand Prix advantage by posting the fastest time in Friday afternoon's second practice session at the Circuito de Jerez. The Yamaha rider, who delivered a personal best 1:39.562, led Tech 3 rider Cal Crutchlow by 0.171 seconds, while Repsol Honda rival Dani Pedrosa finished third quickest.With conditions remaining similar for the second 45 minutes of practice, Lorenzo was able to shave over a tenth of a second off his fastest morning effort and consolidate his authority prior to qualifying day. Crutchlow improved significantly to move ahead of both Rossi and Pedrosa, while Marc Márquez again had to settle for fifth position.
Álvaro Bautista ended up sixth fastest, just ahead of Andrea Iannone who was the fastest man on Ducati machinery. Héctor Barberá edged out Aleix Espargaró for CRT honours in eight, while Nicky Hayden completed the top ten runners. British Moto2 graduate Bradley Smith finished in 13th place, 1.4 seconds behind Lorenzo.