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Stoner Tops Silverstone MotoGP Friday Practice


Casey Stoner - MotoGP photo

Casey Stoner - MotoGP photo

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Morning wind and rain turned to sunshine in the second practice for MotoGP's annual visit to the UK's Silverstone Grand Prix circuit.

By the time the second practice was done, Repsol Honda's two-time reigning champion Casey Stoner was quickest on the day with lap of 2:04.791 seconds, leading Yamaha Factory Racing's Ben Spies by 0.034 seconds when Spies was able to hit 2:04.825.

Alvaro Bautista on the San Carlo Gresini Honda took third in today's practice at 2:04.995.

Once again Nicky Hayden beat teammate Valentino Rossi (by a country mile), after he took the Ducati to fourth place with his lap of 2:05.353, well ahead of the Italian in 11th plae. Stefan Bradl again had a good showing in fifth place for LCR Honda at 2:05.391.

The balance of the top ten practicing in changing weather were Andrea Dovizioso's Monster Tech3 Yamaha, Jorge Lorenzo on the Yamaha Factory Racing bike, Cal Crutchlow's second Monster Tech3 Yamaha, Dani Pedrosa on the second Repsol Honda and Hector Barbera's Pramac Ducati. Showing that the CRT teams are working their way forward, Randy de Puniet was 12th on the afternoon, just behind Rossi, albeit 3.1-sec behind Stoner and 3/4-sec behind even Rossi!

With the weather playing its usual large part in the UK MotoGP round, "We didn't learn very much from today," Stoner confirmed. "It would be nice if we get some better weather again tomorrow and this wind makes things very tricky, but everyone is in the same position. The chatter is a little better; we made another small improvement but we'll need to check it tomorrow n some more consistent conditions."

Ben Spies - MotoGP photo

Ben Spies - MotoGP photo

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After his difficult morning run Spies thought the day went "pretty good. Even this morning in the rain I was very comfortable on the bike," the American ace said. "We got a good dry session in this afternoon as well, which is useful just in case we do have a dry race. The bike is working really well, it was pretty windy out there but we made the most of the 45 minutes to try a couple of things and ended up going pretty quick."
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