Repsol Honda's Dani Pedrosa took advantage of a crash from title rival Jorge Lorenzo to top the second MotoGP free practice timesheet at Brno this afternoon but the Yamaha man is still less than a tenth of a second behind his compatriot.
Lorenzo slid off unhurt in the stadium section after putting in a 1'56.858 and then had to watch as Pedrosa lapped in 1'56.858 almost immediately afterwards. He got out on his second bike but just ran out of time in the 45-minute session to go any quicker.
Andrea Dovizioso hopped into third place right at the session end, going round in 1'57.055 and he was followed into fourth a minute or so later by team-mate Cal Crutchlow a little over a tenth further back.
Valentino Rossi looked comfortable in fifth place and less than half-a-second behind Pedrosa but LCR Honda's Stefan Bradl had other ideas and demoted him to sixth with his last lap while a late crash from Alvaro Bautista saw him drop out of his usual sixth place to seventh.
Ben Spies, who also had a tumble, finished the session in eighth but still less than a second in arrears while Aleix Espgararo, another crasher, was leading CRT man and ninth overall. Toni Elias looks to be finally getting to grips with the prototype Pramac Ducati, bagging tenth but he is 2.4s off the pace.
Randy De Puniet was followed by Michele Pirro into CRT second place with Colin Edwards 16th and Britain's James Ellison in 18th place.