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Lorenzo fastest in Brno practice.

James Toseland was the slowest M1 rider in eleventh, with Randy de Puniet - who took his first podium since 2007 last time out at Donington Park, then fractured his ankle in a motocross accident - just behind Vermeulen in 14th.

Kallio's Pramac Ducati ride has been temporarily handed to 2009 WSBK race winner Michel Fabrizio, whose last MotoGP appearance was as a stand-in rider at Honda Gresini in the 2007 German GP. The Italian was 17th and last in practice, with a half-second gap to 16th placed Gabor Talmacsi.

Hungarian Talmacsi, certain to receive huge support throughout the weekend at the nearest thing to his home grand prix, was in turn half a second behind Pramac's Niccolo Canepa.

Brno marks the start of new engine regulations, which allow a maximum of five engines changes to be made by each rider during the final seven rounds of this season. Extra engine changes are punishable by a ten point penalty.

In 2010, the rules will demand further increases in engine life with each rider being limited to six engines for the whole 18-race series.

A test session takes place at Brno on Monday before round twelve of the 2009 MotoGP World Championship is held at Indianapolis on August 28-30.

Friday practice:

1. Lorenzo
2. Rossi
3. Pedrosa
4. Edwards
5. Dovizioso
6. Elias
7. Kallio
8. de Angelis
9. Capirossi
10. Melandri
11. Toseland
12. Hayden
13. Vermeulen
14. de Puniet
15. Canepa
16. Talmacsi
17. Fabrizio

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