By Lynne Huntting
Alice Ducati's Toni Elias, now being linked with three MotoGP teams next season - Alice, Gresini and an Aspar Kawasaki - was fastest during final free practice at Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Saturday morning.
The Spaniard's time of 1min 43.708secs - ten seconds faster than on Friday and 0.072secs better than nearest rival and world championship leader Valentino Rossi - was thanks to the first dry session all weekend for the top tier class.
There hadn't been rain since Friday night, and save for a patches here and there in the turns, the track was dry. Elias and many of his fellow riders were able to go out on slicks as the racing line had been dried by the earlier 125cc session. The 125cc riders had gone out on wets with a few changing to intermediates near the end of their session.
Other riders at the sharp end during the sixty-minute MotoGP session included local favourite Nicky Hayden and Repsol Honda team-mate Dani Pedrosa (third and fourth), with Andrea Dovizioso fifth for JiR Team Scot and fellow rookie Alex de Angelis sixth for San Carlo Honda Gresini.
Kawasaki's Anthony West, fastest in the wet on Friday, was 19th and last this morning - with world champion Casey Stoner just two places ahead of him. A technical problem forced Stoner to park his bike and miss out on the final ten minutes of the session.
The hour-long MotoGP qualifying session is scheduled to start at 13:55 local time.