Casey Stoner set the fastest ever Indianapolis MotoGP lap during Saturday morning's final practice session for round twelve of the 2011 season.

After criticism of the slippery new asphalt - laid between turns 5 to 16 - on Friday morning, track conditions have become significantly quicker since.

The best lap time dropped by 2.5sec by the end of Friday and Stoner lowered it by a further 1.186sec in final practice, as he beat the previous best two-wheel lap - by Dani Pedrosa, during qualifying in 2009 - by 0.192sec.

As on Friday afternoon, home star Ben Spies was once again closest to championship leader Stoner, Spies' factory Yamaha lapping 0.132sec behind the Repsol Honda.

Spies - runner-up from pole last year - was the only non-RC212V in the top five, with Dani Pedrosa (+0.358sec), Marco Simoncelli (+0.763sec) and Andrea Dovizioso (+0.788sec) behind him.

Then came the satellite Yamaha of Texan Colin Edwards (+0.900sec) while reigning world champion Jorge Lorenzo could only manage seventh, and over one-second off the pace, on the second factory M1.

Valentino Rossi was eighth (+1.160sec) and the leading Ducati rider, with Pramac's Randy de Puniet ninth and Suzuki's Alvaro Bautista tenth.

Rossi's American team-mate Nicky Hayden could only manage eleventh, while rookie Cal Crutchlow made progress to claim twelfth for Tech 3.

Gresini's Hiroshi Aoyama completed a 17-rider field covered by 2.351sec.

Qualifying takes place this afternoon.

Saturday practice:

1. Stoner
2. Spies
3. Pedrosa
4. Simoncelli
5. Dovizioso
6. Edwards
7. Lorenzo
8. Rossi
9. de Puniet
10. Bautista
11. Hayden
12. Crutchlow
13. Capirossi
14. Barbera
15. Elias
16. Abraham
17. Aoyama

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