Misano MotoGP: Stoner tops the time sheets again in second free practice

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Aussie Casey Stoner has stayed on typical good form this afternoon and finished at the top of the time sheets once again in the second MotoGP free practice session.

The Ducati Marlboro Team rider finished the session with a best lap time of 1’34.806, four tenths of a second faster than his Italian rival Valentino Rossi.

The no. 46 rider isn’t going to settle for second place though. Valentino Rossi just needs one more win to equal legendary racer Giacomo Agostini’s record of 68 victories and obviously he’d love to do it on Sunday in front of his home crowd.

Third place went to MotoGP veteran Loris Capirossi, who incidentally looks set to break the record for the number of GP appearances this Sunday. The Italian posted a time of 1’35.377 for the Rizla Suzuki Team.

Randy De Puniet took 4th on his LCR Honda, leaving Chris Vermeulen in 5th and Spaniard Jorge Lorenzo in 6th place.

Despite finishing up in 2nd place behind Stoner in this morning’s practice, Edwards only placed 8th this time around with his team mate James Toseland finishing close behind in 10th.

Nicky Hayden is riding injured today after his supermoto spill at the X Games, so he did well to place 11th just 1.383 seconds off the pace set by Stoner.

1  Casey STONER   AUS  Ducati Marlboro Team   Ducati   1’34.806  
2  Valentino ROSSI  ITA  Fiat Yamaha Team   Yamaha   1’35.224  
3  Loris CAPIROSSI  ITA  Rizla Suzuki MotoGP   Suzuki   1’35.377  
4  Randy DE PUNIET  FRA  LCR Honda MotoGP   Honda   1’35.620  
5  Chris VERMEULEN   AUS  Rizla Suzuki MotoGP   Suzuki   1’35.743  
6  Jorge LORENZO   SPA  Fiat Yamaha Team   Yamaha   1’35.766  
7  Alex DE ANGELIS  RSM  San Carlo Honda Gresini  Honda   1’35.861  
8  Colin EDWARDS   USA  Tech 3 Yamaha    Yamaha   1’35.913  
9  Shinya NAKANO   JPN  San Carlo Honda Gresini  Honda   1’36.100  
10  James TOSELAND   GBR  Tech 3 Yamaha    Yamaha   1’36.105  
11  Nicky HAYDEN   USA  Repsol Honda Team   Honda   1’36.189  
12  Dani PEDROSA   SPA  Repsol Honda Team   Honda   1’36.219  
13  Andrea DOVIZIOSO  ITA  JiR Team Scot MotoGP   Honda   1’36.356  
14  Toni ELIAS   SPA  Alice Team    Ducati   1’36.425  
15  Sylvain GUINTOLI  FRA  Alice Team    Ducati   1’36.619  
16  Marco MELANDRI   ITA  Ducati Marlboro Team   Ducati   1’37.096  
17  Anthony WEST   AUS  Kawasaki Racing Team   Kawasaki  1’38.239  

Not classified
 John HOPKINS   USA  Kawasaki Racing Team   Kawasaki


James Keen

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