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Strong start for Stoner at Silverstone
This is all the other riders saw of Casey Stoner on Friday
World Champion Casey Stoner led the way on the first day of free practices at the British Grand Prix, with American Ben Spies clocking the 2nd best time for Yamaha.

The British weather played a big role in both sessions, and the MotoGP riders had their first taste of Silverstone's notoriously tricky conditions. After a wet session in the morning, teams were hoping for a dry afternoon session to begin set up work on their bikes with the new front tire. However, a brief shower at the beginning of FP2 prevented the riders making the most of the 45 minute session.

Stoner, the winner here last year, managed only 10 laps in dry conditions but it was enough time for him to set the fastest lap time with 2'04.791.

CASEY STONER 1st 2'04.791

"We didn't learn very much from today. In the first session we tried understand the bike in the wet a little better, but it was gradually drying out throughout the session so it was difficult to take any real data. It was a similar situation this afternoon, we went out for a couple of laps and it started to rain which destroyed most of the session. We found the bike very hard to ride so we came in and made a change which took a lot of time and we didn't manage so many laps. It would be nice if we get some better weather again tomorrow and this wind makes things very tricky, but everyone is in the same position. The chatter is a little better, we made another small improvement but we'll need to check it tomorrow in some more consistent conditions".

Practice Results


Rider Time Nat Bike Team
1 Casey Stoner 2'04.791 AUS HONDA Repsol Honda Team
2 Ben Spies 2'04.825 USA YAMAHA Yamaha Factory Racing Team
3 Alvaro Bautista 2'04.995 SPA HONDA San Carlo Honda Gresini
4 Nicky Hayden 2'05.353 USA DUCATI Ducati Team
5 Stefan Bradl 2'05.391 GER HONDA LCR Honda MotoGP
6 Andrea Dovizioso 2'05.448 ITA YAMAHA Monster Yamaha Tech 3
7 Jorge Lorenzo 2'05.488 SPA YAMAHA Yamaha Factory Racing Team
8 Cal Crutchlow 2'05.574 GBR YAMAHA Monster Yamaha Tech 3
9 Dani Pedrosa 2'05.886 SPA HONDA Repsol Honda Team
10 Hector Barbera 2'06.084 SPA DUCATI Pramac Racing
11 Valentino Rossi 2'07.125 ITA DUCATI Ducati Team
12 Randy De Puniet 2'07.893 FRA ART Aspar Team MotoGP
13 Michelle Pirro 2'08.535 ITA HONDA San Carlo Honda Gresini
14 Mattia Pasini 2'08.975 ITA ART Speed Master
15 Yonny Hernandez 2'09.078 COL BQR-FTR BQR
16 Aleix Espargaro 2'09.379 ESP ART Aspar Team MotoGP
17 James Ellison 2'09.944 GBR ART Paul Bird Racing
18 Danilo Petrucci 2'11.325 ITA IODA Ioda Racing Project
19 Colin Edwards 2'11.600 USA SUTER NGM Mobile Forward Racing
20 Ivan Silva 2'12.737 SPA BQR-FTR BQR
21 Karel Abraham DNS CZE DUCATI Cardion AB Motoracing

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