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08/26/11
Motogp
Stoner tops practice 2 at Indy
Casey Stoner
MotoGP's points leader has staked a claim for being the motorcycle rider to beat in Sunday's Red Bull Indianapolis GP.

Australian Casey Stoner, who crashed out last year and called the 2.6-mile Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course the worst in the series, sped to the top of the lap-time chart in this afternoon's practice session. The 2007 world champion turned a lap of 1 minute, 40.724 seconds on his No. 27 Honda.

Stoner surged to the top late to unseat American Ben Spies, the 2010 Indy polesitter and runner-up who had been No. 1 in today's morning practice session. Spies turned a lap of 1:40.918 on his No. 11 Yamaha.

The 28-lap Sunday race starts at 2 p.m.

Early on, riders complained about a lack of grip on the course's repaved areas. New asphalt was poured in June on the road-course infield area -- turns five through 16. But without sufficient tire rubber on the track, the bikes slid.

One of the early critics, defending series champion Jorge Lorenzo of Spain, adjusted from being ninth in the morning to fourth in lap times in the afternoon. The 2009 Red Bull Indianapolis GP winner is on the No. 1 Yamaha bike.

Last year's race winner, Spain's Dani Pedrosa, improved from 10th to third on the grid. He's on the No. 26 Honda bike.

American Nicky Hayden, the 2006 world champion, ranked eighth on a new No. 69 Ducati being used in its first race. Hayden was second at Indy in 2008 and third in 2009.

Results

Pos.

Num. Rider Nation Team Bike Time Gap 1st/Prev.
1 27 Casey STONER AUS Repsol Honda Team Honda 1'40.724 0.000 / 0.000
2 11 Ben SPIES USA Yamaha Factory Racing Yamaha 1'40.918 0.194 / 0.194
3 26 Dani PEDROSA SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 1'41.205 0.481 / 0.287
4 1 Jorge LORENZO SPA Yamaha Factory Racing Yamaha 1'41.461 0.737 / 0.256
5 4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO ITA Repsol Honda Team Honda 1'41.536 0.812 / 0.075
6 5 Colin EDWARDS USA Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 1'41.699 0.975 / 0.163
7 58 Marco SIMONCELLI ITA San Carlo Honda Gresini Honda 1'41.742 1.018 / 0.043
8 69 Nicky HAYDEN USA Ducati Team Ducati 1'41.789 1.065 / 0.047
9 19 Alvaro BAUTISTA SPA Rizla Suzuki MotoGP Suzuki 1'42.231 1.507 / 0.442
10 14 Randy DE PUNIET FRA Pramac Racing Team Ducati 1'42.339 1.615 / 0.108
11 46 Valentino ROSSI ITA Ducati Team Ducati 1'42.405 1.681 / 0.066
12 7 Hiroshi AOYAMA JPN San Carlo Honda Gresini Honda 1'42.673 1.949 / 0.268
13 8 Hector BARBERA SPA Mapfre Aspar Team MotoGP Ducati 1'42.920 2.196 / 0.247
14 65 Loris CAPIROSSI ITA Pramac Racing Team Ducati 1'43.034 2.310 / 0.114
15 35 Cal CRUTCHLOW GBR Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 1'43.085 2.361 / 0.051
16 24 Toni ELIAS SPA LCR Honda MotoGP Honda 1'43.230 2.506 / 0.145
17 17 Karel ABRAHAM CZE Cardion AB Motoracing Ducati 1'43.528 2.804 / 0.298

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