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Karel Abraham fastest in second Friday practice at damp Misano

Karel Abraham, Cardion Ducati, Misano 2012Karel Abraham emerged fastest as poor weather at Misano meant another dearth of action in second MotoGP practice.

Much like the morning session, conditions were cold, damp and windy. While never especially wet, the track was too damp for slicks to be much use and not damp enough to make wet set-up testing worthwhile.

Once again that meant very little activity among the leading riders, with Jorge Lorenzo, Valentino Rossi and Dani Pedrosa among those sitting the session out entirely.

There was at least a prototype on top this time, with Karel Abraham's 1m42.030s on the Cardion Ducati putting him fastest by 1.2 seconds over James Ellison's Paul Bird-run CRT Aprilia.

Michele Pirro, who has been linked to a Ducati role in 2013, was third on Gresini's CRT entry.

Jonathan Rea took advantage of the opportunity to get a little running as he prepares for his MotoGP debut on Casey Stoner's regular Honda. He was fifth of the 11 riders who registered times.

Pos  Rider            Team/Bike             Time       Gap
 1.  Karel Abraham    Ducati                1m42.030s
 2.  James Ellison    Paul Bird Aprilia     1m43.204s  + 1.174s
 3.  Michele Pirro    Gresini FTR-Honda     1m44.299s  + 2.269s
 4.  Yonny Hernandez  Avintia FTR-Kawasaki  1m44.565s  + 2.535s
 5.  Jonathan Rea     Honda                 1m44.999s  + 2.969s
 6.  Danilo Petrucci  Ioda Suter-BMW        1m45.048s  + 3.018s
 7.  David Salom      Avintia FTR-Kawasaki  1m46.351s  + 4.321s
 8.  Ben Spies        Yamaha                1m46.471s  + 4.441s
 9.  Randy de Puniet  Aspar Aprilia         1m50.103s  + 8.073s
10.  Mattia Pasini    Speed Master Aprilia  1m50.641s  + 8.611s
11.  Alvaro Bautista  Gresini Honda         1m50.977s  + 8.947s
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