Jorge Lorenzo went under the lap record at Jerez to top the opening MotoGP practice session for the Spanish Grand Prix. The reigning champion delivered a 1m39.701s lap to topple erstwhile leader Dani Pedrosa by three thousandths of a second.
Lorenzo's teammate Valentino Rossi was third fastest while Austin victor Marc Marquez was fifth, three quarters of a second back.
Pedrosa led the early running and was straight into lap-record territory, his first real effort a 1m39.855s, heading Lorenzo and Briton Cal Crutchlow.
Crutchlow again proved the quickest of the satellite bikes, finishing fourth fastest after running second for much of the session.
Pedrosa improved with just under 20 minutes of the session to run, his 1m39.704s good enough to help him top until Lorenzo's late flier dethroned him.
Karel Abraham rode 16 laps as he bids to race just two weeks after breaking his collarbone in qualifying at Austin. He was 22nd quickest in practice with a best lap of 1m43.334s.
Pos Rider Bike Time Gap Laps
1. Jorge Lorenzo Yamaha 1m39.701s 17
2. Dani Pedrosa Honda 1m39.704s + 0.003s 19
3. Valentino Rossi Yamaha 1m40.067s + 0.366s 21
4. Cal Crutchlow Tech 3 Yamaha 1m40.113s + 0.412s 20
5. Marc Marquez Honda 1m40.485s + 0.784s 18
6. Nicky Hayden Ducati 1m40.722s + 1.021s 20
7. Stefan Bradl LCR Honda 1m40.799s + 1.098s 20
8. Alvaro Bautista Gresini Honda 1m40.838s + 1.137s 18
9. Aleix Espargaro Aspar ART 1m40.910s + 1.209s 14
10. Andrea Dovizioso Ducati 1m40.944s + 1.243s 19
11. Andrea Iannone Pramac Ducati 1m41.078s + 1.377s 20
12. Michele Pirro Ducati 1m41.326s + 1.625s 18
13. Hector Barbera Avintia FTR 1m41.340s + 1.639s 15
14. Randy De Puniet Aspar ART 1m41.431s + 1.730s 20
15. Hiroshi Aoyama Avintia FTR 1m41.671s + 1.970s 20
16. Colin Edwards FTR Kawasaki 1m41.764s + 2.063s 22
17. Bradley Smith Tech 3 Yamaha 1m41.778s + 2.077s 20
18. Yonny Hernandez Paul Bird ART 1m42.155s + 2.454s 16
19. Danilo Petrucci Ioda-Suter 1m42.160s + 2.459s 22
20. Claudio Corti FTR Kawasaki 1m42.727s + 3.026s 18
21. Bryan Staring Gresini FTR Honda 1m42.941s + 3.240s 19
22. Karel Abraham Cardion ART 1m43.334s + 3.633s 16
23. Lukas Pesek Ioda-Suter 1m43.564s + 3.863s 16
24. Michael Laverty Paul Bird PBM 1m43.948s + 4.247s 14