Casey Stoner bounced back from an early crash to set the pace in a wet final practice session for the Czech Grand Prix at Brno.
The Australian had not even completed a flying lap when he dropped the front end of his Honda under braking for Turn 3 only five minutes into the session. While the bike went end over end at high speed into the gravel trap, the Australian was unhurt, and despite only completing limited laps during the opening half hour, his best lap of 2m07.321s with eight minutes left was enough to put him top of the times.
The man he knocked off the top by 0.3sec was his championship rival Jorge Lorenzo. The Yamaha rider did improve his time toward the end, though, and wound up only 0.005sec shy of Stoner.
Valentino Rossi and Nicky Hayden were third and fifth for Ducati, the pair split by Friday pace-setter Dani Pedrosa's Honda.
Hiroshi Aoyama and Cal Crutchlow were impressive in sixth and seventh places for the Gresini Honda and Tech-3 Yamaha squads respectively, while Andrea Dovizioso (Honda), Marco Simoncelli (Gresini) and Ben Spies (Yamaha) completed the top 10.
Like Stoner, John Hopkins crashed at Turn 3, but the Suzuki rider returned to his garage complaining of pains in his hand. He was taken to the Clinica Mobile with a suspected broken finger that could put him out of action for the rest of the weekend.