Stoner on top in wet second session
|By Matt Beer||Friday, June 10th 2011, 14:00 GMT|
Casey Stoner was quickest again in second practice at Silverstone, though this time in very different conditions.
Unlike the morning's cold but dry session, the afternoon saw practice begin on an extremely wet track after heavy rain earlier on.
Most riders opted to get as much track time as possible in the expectation that the weather might remain changeable all weekend, and as the circuit dried, the pace came down from half a minute adrift of this morning's times to 12-13 seconds away.
Stoner's last lap of the afternoon, a 2m15.666s, took him to the top for Honda by 0.8s over Gresini's Marco Simoncelli, who was again in second place.
Few conclusions could be drawn from the times, with the track getting faster and faster as it dried, but third was still encouraging for Ducati's Nicky Hayden - and fourth for Cal Crutchlow (Tech 3 Yamaha) will have buoyed the British crowd.
The Yamahas of Jorge Lorenzo and Ben Spies were fifth and seventh, split by Honda's Andrea Dovizioso, while Valentino Rossi (Ducati) was ninth behind Cardion AB Ducati's Karel Abraham.
Pos Rider Team/Bike Time Gap 1. Casey Stoner Honda 2m15.666s 2. Marco Simoncelli Gresini Honda 2m16.463s + 0.797s 3. Nicky Hayden Ducati 2m17.070s + 1.404s 4. Cal Crutchlow Tech 3 Yamaha 2m18.109s + 2.443s 5. Jorge Lorenzo Yamaha 2m18.683s + 3.017s 6. Andrea Dovizioso Honda 2m18.783s + 3.117s 7. Ben Spies Yamaha 2m18.820s + 3.154s 8. Karel Abraham Cardion Ducati 2m19.009s + 3.343s 9. Valentino Rossi Ducati 2m19.435s + 3.769s 10. Toni Elias LCR Honda 2m19.612s + 3.946s 11. Alvaro Bautista Suzuki 2m20.337s + 4.671s 12. Loris Capirossi Pramac Ducati 2m20.607s + 4.941s 13. Hector Barbera Aspar Ducati 2m20.639s + 4.973s 14. Randy de Puniet Pramac Ducati 2m20.982s + 5.316s 15. Hiroshi Aoyama Gresini Honda 2m21.026s + 5.360s 16. Colin Edwards Tech 3 Yamaha 2m24.724s + 9.058s