Casey Stoner is fastest again in the second session of free practice for the MotoGP class at Barcelona, improving his time from this morning to lead Marco Simoncelli by half a second. The track started out wet, with times very slow, but the rain stopped shortly after the session started, the track drying out as the session progressed. Stoner had been fastest by some two seconds in the wet, then taking back top spot from Simoncelli on a dry track at the session wound to a close.
Andrea Dovizioso made it a Honda clean sweep of the top 3, with the factory Yamahas of Jorge Lorenzo and Ben Spies in 4th and 5th, just ahead of Valentino Rossi on the Marlboro Ducati. Cal Crutchlow was the first of the Monster Tech 3 Yamahas in 7th - and the only one who will race, after Colin Edwards broke his right collarbone in a crash - while Simoncelli's San Carlo Gresini teammate Hiroshi Aoyama ended the session in 8th, ahead of Nicky Hayden and Suzuki's Alvaro Bautista.
Edwards' broken collarbone rules him out of the race, meaning that only 15 riders will start on Sunday, with both Edwards and Pedrosa out with broken right collarbones.
|12||14||Randy DE PUNIET||DUCATI||1'46.126||3.186||0.366|
|Not qualified (Out 107%) 1'50.145|