If day one at Indianapolis was anything to go by, Dani Pedrosa stands a fighting chance of claiming his second win of the season and eating into Jorge Lorenzo's MotoGP title lead on Sunday.
Pedrosa, winner at Indianapolis in 2010 and runner-up to Repsol Honda team-mate Casey Stoner last season, was a close second to Stoner in the slippery morning session - then led all but the opening six minutes of the afternoon.
Ben Spies provided Pedrosa's closest opposition, with the Texan's Yamaha team-mate Lorenzo third quickest, but 0.719s from Pedrosa. Lorenzo leads Pedrosa by 23 points in the championship.
“This afternoon the track was a little better than in the morning and we were able to improve our lap times quite a lot and also try the hard tyres, which worked much better than the soft specification we tried this morning,” said Pedrosa.
The Spaniard lapped 2.4s quicker in FP2 and, despite already being under the race lap record pace, expects times to continue dropping.
“As we saw today, the times will keep dropping during the weekend with more rubber on the asphalt, so we have to continue working hard on the bike,” he said.
“We found a good base today to move on from; we can improve every area still, focusing especially on the suspension and electronics and also care about the tyres because it's very hot out there and the tyres dropped off very quick".
Stoner dropped to fifth in FP2, 0.840s behind Pedrosa.