Duo opt out of practice
Jorge Lorenzo and Dani Pedrosa did not turn a wheel in anger in either of Friday's two rain-affected practice sessions in Misano.
Last Updated: 14/09/12 4:10pm
MotoGP title rivals Jorge Lorenzo and Dani Pedrosa did not turn a wheel in anger in either of Friday's two rain-affected practice sessions in Misano.
With predominantly damp conditions, and with no intermediate tyres available in MotoGP, the circuit was never quite dry enough for slicks or wet enough for full rain tyres.
With just six races remaining in the season and the opportunity to preserve engines, several riders opted to stay in the pit-lane.
Pedrosa has won the last two grands prix in Indianapolis and Brno to close the gap to Lorenzo at the top of the standings to 13 points.
With no Casey Stoner, who is still recovering from ankle surgery to repair torn ligaments and remove bone fragments after a crash, the title fight is set to be between the two Spaniards.
However, factory Yamaha rider Lorenzo and Repsol Honda rival Pedrosa both opted to stay dry on day one of the San Marino event.
In the first session just nine riders posted a time, with just one of those a factory rider in Yamaha's Ben Spies.
Italian Danilo Petrucci on his new Ioda-Suter BMW bike led the way with a time of 1 minute 43.178secs, the conditions meaning that was 10 seconds off of last year's pole lap.
In session two 11 riders managed to stop the clock. Karel Abraham improved on the best time by just over a second with a lap of 1:42.030secs on his Ducati, 1.174secs ahead of Britain's James Ellison on his ART machine.
Northern Ireland's Jonathan Rea, standing in for Stoner and with an opportunity to prove himself in MotoGP after winning races in World Superbikes, managed a few laps on the Honda to finish fifth quickest, nearly three seconds off the pace.
The forecast for the weekend threatens rain for qualifying on Saturday but the race is almost certain to be held in dry, sunny conditions.