After the morning rain, the sun came out in the afternoon at Silverstone, drying the track out quickly for the second session of free practice at the circuit. Despite a quick shower which fell in the middle of the session, the track stayed in pretty good condition, helped in no small part by the strong winds which are blowing here.
In the dry conditions, it was Casey Stoner who set the quickest time of the afternoon in the final minutes of FP2, dislodging an impressive Alvaro Bautista from the top spot. Stoner held off challenges from Ben Spies, the factory Yamaha rider putting together a much more solid session after his crash in the wet session this morning. Bautista's 3rd place was some consolation after the San Carlo Gresini Honda had regularly featured at the top of the timesheets, but put him ahead of all but Stoner and Spies.
Nicky Hayden managed the dry conditions best of the Ducatis, slipping from 2nd in the wet to 4th in the dry - his teammate Valentino Rossi did not fare so well, dropping from 1st in the wet to 11th and slowest prototype in the dry. Behind Hayden, Stefan Bradl on the LCR Honda finished ahead of a bevvy of Yamahas, led by Andrea Dovizioso. Jorge Lorenzo was the factory Yamaha meat in a Monster Tech 3 sandwich, taking 7th behind Dovizioso but finishing ahead of Cal Crutchlow. Dani Pedrosa managed only 9th spot, while Hector Barbera rounds out the top 10.
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