Stoner heads second practice

2007 world champion Casey Stoner again topped the MotoGP practice times at Phillip Island on his Ducati in a session again affected by rain

Stoner heads second practice

Stoner was the pace-setter throughout the session, topping the times after six minutes and never relinquishing the top position. He got down to a 1:31.286 during a succession of quick laps in the middle of the session.

Light rain with 15 minutes remaining in the session looked to have prevented the possibility of any more fast laps for the riders, but in the dying minutes some of them returned to the track.

Marco Melandri was one of those on his Honda, and proved it was a good decision by moving up to second fastest with a time of 1:31.555, pushing fellow Honda rider Dani Pedrosa's time from much earlier in the sesson down to third.

Valentino Rossi was next on his Yamaha, ahead of another strong performance by Kawasaki's Randy de Puniet.

Alex Barros bounced back from a poor morning session to set the sixth fastest time on his Pramac D'Antin Ducati, just ahead of Honda rider Carlos Checa and the factory Ducati of Loris Capirossi.

2006 world champion Nicky Hayden and local rider Anthony West completed the top ten, just ahead of Suzuki rider John Hopkins, who was nearly two seconds slower than Stoner.

A promising start for Hopkins' teammate Chris Vermeulen in opening practice was not repeated in the second session, Vermeulen over two and a half seconds off the pace in 14th, though he was faster than Colin Edwards and Toni Elias.

Pos Rider Make Time 1. Casey Stoner Ducati (B) 1:31.286 2. Marco Melandri Honda (B) 1:31.555 + 0.269 3. Dani Pedrosa Honda (M) 1:31.802 + 0.516 4. Valentino Rossi Yamaha (M) 1:31.934 + 0.648 5. Randy de Puniet Kawasaki (B) 1:31.996 + 0.710 6. Alex Barros Ducati (B) 1:32.164 + 0.878 7. Carlos Checa Honda (M) 1:32.182 + 0.896 8. Loris Capirossi Ducati (B) 1:32.203 + 0.917 9. Nicky Hayden Honda (M) 1:32.316 + 1.030 10. Anthony West Kawasaki (B) 1:32.459 + 1.173 11. John Hopkins Suzuki (B) 1:33.274 + 1.988 12. Shinya Nakano Honda (M) 1:33.838 + 2.552 13. Chaz Davies Ducati (B) 1:33.910 + 2.624 14. Chris Vermeulen Suzuki (B) 1:33.945 + 2.659 15. Colin Edwards Yamaha (M) 1:33.965 + 2.679 16. Sylvain Guintoli Yamaha (D) 1:33.991 + 2.705 17. Toni Elias Honda (B) 1:34.204 + 2.918 18. Makoto Tamada Yamaha (D) 1:35.177 + 3.891 19. Kurtis Roberts KR212V (M) 1:36.121 + 4.835 
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