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Stoner takes the momentum in second session

Stoner takes the momentum in second session

The Ducati Team rider settled into his rhythm in FP2 at the Iveco Australian Grand Prix on Saturday morning, setting the fastest lap ahead of Monster Yamaha Tech 3 pair Colin Edwards and Ben Spies. Jorge Lorenzo was fourth, with Valentino Rossi eighth.

Casey Stoner was on the pace in the second practice at Phillip Island as he set a best lap of 1'31.243 to top the session by a margin of 0.757s. The Ducati Team rider, who has won for the past three seasons on his home track, was the only rider to get under the 1'32" barrier in the hour-long session.

In second and with a time of exactly 1'32.000 was Monster Yamaha Tech 3 rider Colin Edwards, with his team-mate Ben Spies putting in a solid session to place third at a tenth off his fellow American's time.

2010 MotoGP World Champion Jorge Lorenzo (Fiat Yamaha), who was quickest in the first practice on Friday, was fourth at 0.925s off Stoner's pace with Nicky Hayden (Ducati Team) and Andrea Dovizioso (Repsol Honda) fifth and sixth respectively and the last two riders to get within a second of the top time.

Randy de Puniet (LCR Honda) was seventh in the session - the Frenchman had a crash at turn four but returned to the track to set his best time - with Valentino Rossi (Fiat Yamaha) eighth at 1.424s down on Stoner.

There were still some patches of damp on the track, which measured at 11ºC, and Marco Melandri (San Carlo Honda Gresini) appeared to catch some standing water on the edge of the asphalt when he went down at turn 11. Stoner and Dovizioso both ran on at points in the session as they negotiated some tricky conditions.

Continuing his return to action was Repsol Honda rider Dani Pedrosa who finished the session just over 3.5s off Stoner's pace, but with his focus being on improving his comfort on his RC212V.


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