Moto GP is back at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca for the annual loud and fast premier class of motorcycle racing.
Friday afternoon marked the first practice with Ducati's Casey Stoner taking the lead for fastest laps so far. Stoner won at Laguna Seca and the World Championship in 2007.
Photos by staff photographer Nic Coury.
Nicky Hayden enters turn 9.
Colin Edwards careens around turn 4.
Dani Pedrosa leads World Championship leader Jorge Lorenzo through turn 4.
Loris Capirossi dips into Rainey Curve.
Moto fans watch riders dive into the corkscrew.
World Championship leader Jorge Lorenzo shoots t-shirts at fans following practice.
Colin Edwards signs autographs for fans outside of the paddock.