Monster Tech 3 Yamaha’s Colin Edwards showed that the finish at Motegi was no fluke by consistently staying in the top six toward the latter half of the session, ending up sixth quickest with a 2:03.393 lap. Teammate Ben Spies didn’t have his best practice session, and although he was as high as fifth early on, the Texan couldn’t put another good lap together. He had a run-in with San Carlo Honda Gresini’s Marco Melandri in the latter stages, as the Italian appeared to get in his way during a hot lap, resulting in some gesticulating and harsh stare from Spies; the onboard camera then showed Melandri retaliating by running up the inside of Spies on the next corner and nearly rubbing his front tire on Spies’ left leg. Spies ended up ninth, with the soon-to-be-MotoGP-refugee Melandri seventh. Nicky Hayden struggled during the session, never really getting past 15th spot during the entire hour.