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Stoner sustains the lead in FP2

Stoner sustains the lead in FP2

Repsol Honda’s Casey Stoner was fastest again in the second practice session of the AirAsia British Grand Prix after also topping the FP1. Stoner beat Marco Simoncelli (San Carlo Honda Gresini Team), who put forward a valiant effort to top the session, while Nicky Hayden (Ducati Team) followed in third. Cal Crutchlow (Monster Yamaha Tech 3) and Jorge Lorenzo (Yamaha Factory Racing) completed the top five.

Repsol Honda rider Casey Stoner set the early fast pace in a practice session that began wet, then turned to mixed conditions. The Australian’s fastest time of 2’15.666 in FP2 was close to 12 seconds slower than his FP1 times.

Simoncelli topped the timings with one minute to go, but Stoner fought back to reclaim his lead by 0.797s in the dying seconds of the final session of the day. Nicky Hayden (Ducati Team) put his GP11 third in the practice rankings, with Cal Crutchlow (Monster Yamaha Tech 3), no stranger to Silverstone, following in fourth. Reigning MotoGP World Champion and current circuit record holder Jorge Lorenzo (Yamaha Factory Racing) finished fifth after his better morning session of third fastest.

Andrea Dovizioso put his Repsol Honda in sixth position with a time of 2’18.783, followed by Factory Yamaha rider Ben Spies and Karel Abraham (Cardion AB Motoracing) in eighth.

At certain points in the session, the long Silverstone circuit simultaneously had dry sections while other sections were under falling rain. As the session progressed, some of the field retreated to the pits to change suspension settings to try to deal with the simultaneously wet and dry conditions, including Valentino Rossi (Ducati Team).

Rossi returned to the pits to swap bikes with ten minutes left in the session and faired better with the differently set up bike, finishing the session in ninth position compared to his earlier twelfth. Toni Elías (LCR Honda) followed Rossi in tenth.

Colin Edwards again retired early, completing only 12 laps and finishing the session in 16th. Hiroshi Aoyama (San Carlo Honda Gresini) was just ahead of the American in 15th.

Tags:
MotoGP, 2011, AIRASIA BRITISH GRAND PRIX, FP2

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