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MOTOGP NEWS 

Casey Stoner tops Silverstone MotoGP practice two

Casey Stoner, Honda, Silverstone 2012Casey Stoner set the fastest time in the second MotoGP practice session for the British Grand Prix at Silverstone.

The 45-minute session was effectively split into two, with a shower of rain just eight minutes into the session sparking a 10-minute period of silence as the riders waited for the track to dry.

Once it did, the times quickly tumbled, Stoner and Yamaha's Ben Spies spending much of the session trading fastest times. The Honda rider eventually landed the killer blow with just minutes left in the session, his 2m04.791s best beating Spies by just 0.034 seconds.

Alvaro Bautista was third fastest on the Gresini Honda, while Nicky Hayden backed up his impressive wet weather performance from free practice one to go fourth fastest in the dry. The news was nowhere as good for his Ducati team-mate Valentino Rossi, who went from being fastest in the first session to 11th, and last of the prototypes, in the second session.

In a session with no major incidents, Stefan Bradl made the highlights reel with a very small off mid-session. It did not slow him down, the LCR Honda rider banging out a quick lap after the flag to go fifth fastest, ahead of the Tech 3 Yamaha of Andrea Dovizioso, and the factory Yamaha of Jorge Lorenzo.

Cal Crutchlow (Tech 3) was another rider to set his best time after the flag, his time putting Honda's Dani Pedrosa and Pramac Ducati's Hector Barbera at the back of the top 10.

Randy de Puniet (Aspar Aprilia) was best of the CRT machines, his fastest time some 3.1s slower than Stoner's benchmark.

Pos  Rider             Team/Bike                 Time       Gap
 1.  Casey Stoner      Honda                     2m04.791s
 2.  Ben Spies         Yamaha                    2m04.825s  + 0.034s
 3.  Alvaro Bautista   Gresini Honda             2m04.995s  + 0.204s
 4.  Nicky Hayden      Ducati                    2m05.353s  + 0.562s
 5.  Stefan Bradl      LCR Honda                 2m05.391s  + 0.600s
 6.  Andrea Dovizioso  Tech 3 Yamaha             2m05.448s  + 0.657s
 7.  Jorge Lorenzo     Yamaha                    2m05.488s  + 0.697s
 8.  Cal Crutchlow     Tech 3 Yamaha             2m05.574s  + 0.783s
 9.  Dani Pedrosa      Honda                     2m05.886s  + 1.095s
10.  Hector Barbera    Pramac Ducati             2m06.084s  + 1.293s
11.  Valentino Rossi   Ducati                    2m07.125s  + 2.334s
12.  Randy de Puniet   Aspar Aprilia             2m07.893s  + 3.102s
13.  Michele Pirro     Gresini FTR-Honda         2m08.535s  + 3.744s
14.  Mattia Pasini     Speed Master Aprilia      2m08.975s  + 4.184s
15.  Yonny Hernandez   Avintia FTR-Kawasaki      2m09.078s  + 4.287s
16.  Aleix Espargaro   Aspar Aprilia             2m09.379s  + 4.588s
17.  James Ellison     Paul Bird Aprilia         2m09.944s  + 5.153s
18.  Danilo Petrucci   Ioda-Aprilia              2m11.325s  + 6.534s
19.  Colin Edwards     Forward Suter-BMW         2m11.600s  + 6.809s
20.  Ivan Silva        Avintia Inmotec-Kawasaki  2m12.737s  + 7.946s
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