Stoner Hits The Front As Times Tumble At Indianapolis

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Casey Stoner took over at the top of the timesheets in second practice for the Indianapolis Grand Prix as the improved track conditions signalled a return to relative normality at the front.

Ben Spies was the fastest man this morning but his FP1 time of 1:43.260 was beaten by Jorge Lorenzo on just the second flying lap of the afternoon. Spies fought back to push his teammate into second and the American held on until Stoner's stunner four minutes from the end.

The only moment of danger for the championship leader came moments earlier as a member of the local wildlife crossed the circuit. Stoner managed to swerve past and subsequently set a 1:40.724, two tenths quicker than Spies' Yamaha.

Dani Pedrosa finally showed signs of the pace that made him so difficult to beat in Brno and jumped up to third on his final lap, pushing Lorenzo down into fourth. The world champion was clearly happier than he had been during the morning but the half second gap to his teammate may still concern him.

Like Lorenzo, Andrea Dovizioso had a spell in first place but eventually slipped to fifth with Colin Edwards starring again to take sixth. Marco Simoncelli was a second off the pace in seventh ahead of Nicky Hayden in the fastest Ducati, Alvaro Bautista on the Suzuki, and Randy de Puniet who completed the top ten.

Valentino Rossi had a slightly disappointing afternoon which resulted in 11th position, with Cal Crutchlow 14th on the second Tech 3 Yamaha.


Red Bull Indianapolis Grand Prix: Free Practice 2 Result

Pos Rider Nat Bike Team Time/Gap
1 Casey Stoner AUS Honda Repsol Honda Team 1:40.724
2 Ben Spies USA Yamaha Yamaha Factory Racing +0.194
3 Dani Pedrosa SPA Honda Repsol Honda Team +0.481
4 Jorge Lorenzo SPA Yamaha Yamaha Factory Racing +0.737
5 Andrea Dovizioso ITA Honda Repsol Honda Team +0.812
6 Colin Edwards USA Yamaha Monster Yamaha Tech 3 +0.975
7 Marco Simoncelli ITA Honda San Carlo Honda Gresini +1.018
8 Nicky Hayden USA Ducati Ducati Team +1.065
9 Alvaro Bautista SPA Suzuki Rizla Suzuki MotoGP +1.507
10 Randy de Puniet FRA Ducati Pramac Racing Team +1.615
11 Valentino Rossi ITA Ducati Ducati Team +1.681
12 Hiroshi Aoyama JAP Honda San Carlo Honda Gresini +1.949
13 Hector Barbera SPA Ducati Mapfre Aspar Team MotoGP +2.196
14 Cal Crutchlow GBR Yamaha Monster Yamaha Tech 3 +2.310
15 Loris Capirossi ITA Ducati Pramac Racing Team +2.361
16 Toni Elias SPA Honda LCR Honda MotoGP +2.506
17 Karel Abraham CZE Ducati Cardion AB Motoracing +2.804
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