Casey Stoner has taken charge of the second session of free practice for the MotoGP class at Estoril, taking a clear lead over the Yamahas of Ben Spies and Cal Crutchlow. On a dry track, though with conditions still some way from perfect, the Repsol Honda man stepped up the pace towards the end of the session to take over from Spies and leave himself over three tenths clear of the Yamahas.
After two miserable opening races, Spies has rediscovered himself at Estoril, topping the morning session of practice before leading much of the afternoon's FP2 session. In the end, he was forced into 2nd behind Stoner, and just fractionally ahead of Cal Crutchlow, the Monster Tech 3 Yamaha man continuing to impress. Repsol Honda's Dani Pedrosa posted a fast lap at the end of the session to jump up to 4th, putting himself ahead of the second factory Yamaha of Jorge Lorenzo. Alvaro Bautista was the first of the satellite Hondas, putting his San Carlo Gresini bike ahead of a gaggle of Ducatis. At the head of the Bologna fleet was Nicky Hayden, with Hector Barbera behind him in 8th, using a tow to gain a couple of places, while Valentino Rossi looked set to improve his position until the final sector of his last lap, where he lost a lot of time, leaving him in 9th just under a second behind Stoner. Andrea Dovizioso rounds out the top 10.
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