Clear blue skies greeted the MotoGP riders on the opening day of free practice at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Last year's pole sitter Ben Spies lead the way during the opening session, but the Yamaha rider wasn't the only quick American. Colin Edwards and Nicky Hayden made it three Americans in the top five.
Spies posted a 1'43.260 lap-time around the Indy circuit. Spies took his first MotoGP pole position at the Indy GP in 2010 and looks determined to do the same this weekend.
Championship leader Casey Stoner was the next fastest rider while Colin Edwards took the third place spot. Edwards has only scored one podium this season but racing in front of his home crowd could give the Monster Yamaha Tech 3 rider a little extra motivation.
Marco Simoncelli, who lead for the majority of the session, took the fourth place spot, while Nicky Hayden made it three Americans in the top five.