Then the house of cards that is practice tumbled down. Jorge Lorenzo, lately closeted in furrowed-brow meetings with Ducati heavies over the failure of that man/machine marriage, rocketed into the lead pursued by last year’s winner, Dani Pedrosa. Lorenzo, leading? On a Ducati? Meanwhile, where was last year’s challenger, Andrea Dovizioso, the only man who truly seems to understand the indefinable Ducati? Is it a point-and-shoot bike? Its powerful braking, strong corner exits, and weak apex speed say yes. But Crutchlow, speaking two weeks ago at Circuit of The Americas, came close to lumping Ducati with the Yamahas and Suzukis. Maybe only Dovizioso knows for sure.