Home hero Dani Pedrosa, who will head for shoulder surgery next week, led the way during a slower second Friday practice session for the Spanish MotoGP at Jerez this afternoon.

An increase in wind and temperatures meant Repsol Honda team-mate Casey Stoner's morning lap time wasn't beaten, and Pedrosa had also been quicker in FP1 than FP2, but the Spaniard nevertheless made the best of the conditions to finish 0.188sec ahead of the Australian during the second 45-minute session.

In terms of combined Friday times, the top seven riders - Stoner, Pedrosa, Valentino Rossi, Marco Simoncelli, Jorge Lorenzo, Andrea Dovizioso and Ben Spies - all set their best lap times this morning.

Yamaha's reigning world champion and 2010 Jerez winner Lorenzo improved from fifth to third this afternoon, 0.522sec from Pedrosa, while Gresini Honda's Simoncelli was fourth in both sessions.

Rossi may not have been able to match his morale-boosting third in FP1, but the seven time MotoGP champion was one of three Ducati riders in the top eight.

Pramac's Randy de Puniet was just one place behind Rossi this afternoon, whose team-mate Nicky Hayden moved from tenth to eighth.

Ninth this afternoon went to Simoncelli's team-mate Hiroshi Aoyama, while rookie Karel Abraham emerged from a scare and a small fall to snare a decent tenth for Cardion AB Ducati.

Third Repsol Honda rider Andrea Dovizioso, who fell at high-speed this morning, was only twelfth - just behind Tech 3 Yamaha's Colin Edwards.

Further back, the Texan's team-mate and Jerez rookie Cal Crutchlow finished in 15th place, ahead of John Hopkins and LCR Honda's Toni Elias.

Hopkins, who briefly rode the 2011 GSV-R to help the Rizla Suzuki team with PR filming at the Qatar test, is replacing the injured Alvaro Bautista this weekend.

Making his first MotoGP appearance since 2008, Hopper had been 2.9sec from the front this morning, but 2.2sec this afternoon.

Hopkins was a full time grand prix rider from 2002-2008 and finished fourth in the 2007 world championship for Suzuki, when he also took all four of his grand prix podiums.

Final MotoGP free practice takes place on Saturday morning, with qualifying in the afternoon.

Friday practice (2):

1. Pedrosa
2. Stoner
3. Lorenzo
4. Simoncelli
5. Rossi
6. de Puniet
7. Spies
8. Hayden
9. Aoyama
10. Abraham
11. Edwards
12. Dovizioso
13. Barbera
14. Capirossi
15. Crutchlow
16. Hopkins
17. Elias

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