MotoGP world champion Jorge Lorenzo moved to the head of the timesheets during Saturday morning's final free practice session for the German Grand Prix.
The Factory Yamaha star, who closed to within 19 points of Casey Stoner with victory last time out at Mugello, moved 0.041sec ahead of fellow Spaniard Dani Pedrosa on his penultimate lap of the session.
Pedrosa, Stoner's Repsol Honda team-mate, had taken the lead of the session after Marco Simoncelli - fastest on Friday – became the latest victim of the challenging Turn 11 right-hander. The same turn that caught out Stoner, Pedrosa, Valentino Rossi and Toni Elias yesterday morning.
Simoncelli, a front row qualifier at the last six events, was unhurt and returned at the end of the session, but didn't improve and finished just 0.047sec from Lorenzo, in third.
Stoner was 0.247sec adrift in fourth, with team-mate Andrea Dovizioso fifth (+0.329sec) and Nicky Hayden once again the top Ducati in sixth (+0.388sec).
Suzuki's Alvaro Bautista took seventh (+0.482sec) with Lorenzo's team-mate Ben Spies eighth (+0.660sec) and Pramac Ducati's Randy de Puniet the top satellite rider in ninth (+0.729sec).
Joining Simoncelli in the gravel this morning were Colin Edwards (tenth) and Karel Abraham (eleventh). Tech 3 rider Edwards fell at turn one and Cardion AB's Abraham at turn two.
Hayden's team-mate Rossi, who suffered an arm injury in his Friday fall, was only twelfth fastest, 1.167sec from Lorenzo.
Sylvain Guintoli, replacing Loris Capirossi at Pramac Ducati this weekend, was 17th and last in his second track session.
Full time World Superbike rider Guintoli, competing in his first grand prix since Valencia 2008, lapped 3.8sec from Lorenzo.
Free practice (3):
9. de Puniet