Casey Stoner returned to the top of the timesheets in morning warm-up, offering indications that he will be able to challenge for victory later today.
The championship leader admitted after qualifying that he was unable to match the race pace of Jorge Lorenzo and Dani Pedrosa, who start either side of him on the front row, but didn't struggle at all on Sunday morning, clocking a 1:21.747.
Polesitter Lorenzo was second quickest, a quarter of a second behind, with Andrea Dovizioso third on an identical time. The Italian was on target to beat his Repsol Honda teammate with his final lap of the session but lost time behind Toni Elias in the final sector, costing him three tenths of a second.
Dovizioso's last gasp effort pushed Ben Spies down to fourth as the American instantly put his qualifying crash behind him. Spies was just 0.023s away from the pace of his Yamaha teammate which is as close as he has been all weekend.
Marco Simoncelli was close behind in fifth ahead of the two factory Ducatis who continued to show a much stronger pace than in recent races. Nicky Hayden led the session early on before dropping to sixth, with Valentino Rossi outpacing Dani Pedrosa for seventh.
Cal Crutchlow produced one his most impressive rides of the weekend to take ninth, just ahead of Alvaro Bautista, and once again in front of teammate Colin Edwards with the gap between the two almost two tenths of a second.
The major question mark heading into the session was the status of Randy de Puniet, who suffered fractured vertebrae in qualifying. The Pramac Racing man had hoped to ride in the warm-up to assess his condition but instead took the decision to withdraw from the rest of the weekend.
2011 Red Bull U.S Grand Prix: Warm-Up Result
|1||Casey Stoner||AUS||Honda||Repsol Honda Team||1:21.747|
|2||Jorge Lorenzo||SPA||Yamaha||Yamaha Factory Racing||+0.248|
|3||Andrea Dovizioso||ITA||Honda||Repsol Honda Team||+0.248|
|4||Ben Spies||USA||Yamaha||Yamaha Factory Racing||+0.271|
|5||Marco Simoncelli||ITA||Honda||San Carlo Honda Gresini||+0.394|
|6||Nicky Hayden||USA||Ducati||Ducati Team||+0.733|
|7||Valentino Rossi||ITA||Ducati||Ducati Team||+0.951|
|8||Dani Pedrosa||SPA||Honda||Repsol Honda Team||+0.971|
|9||Cal Crutchlow||GBR||Yamaha||Monster Yamaha Tech 3||+1.316|
|10||Alvaro Bautista||SPA||Suzuki||Rizla Suzuki MotoGP||+1.405|
|11||Colin Edwards||USA||Yamaha||Monster Yamaha Tech 3||+1.497|
|12||Karel Abraham||CZE||Ducati||Cardion AB Motoracing||+1.925|
|13||Hector Barbera||SPA||Ducati||Mapfre Aspar Team MotoGP||+1.944|
|14||Hiroshi Aoyama||JAP||Honda||San Carlo Honda Gresini||+2.209|
|15||Toni Elias||SPA||Honda||LCR Honda MotoGP||+2.589|
|16||Loris Capirossi||ITA||Ducati||Pramac Racing Team||+3.148|
|17||Ben Bostrom (WC)||USA||Honda||LCR Honda MotoGP||+4.354|
|18||Randy de Puniet||FRA||Ducati||Pramac Racing Team||No Time|