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de Puniet leads second Valencia practice

Randy de Puniet fastest during Friday practice (2) for the season-ending Valencia MotoGP.
Randy de Puniet led a CRT one-two during Friday afternoon practice for the MotoGP season finale at a drying Valencia.

Following a wet morning, a dry line began to emerge early in the afternoon session. But the circuit never fully dried and only a handful of riders - led by de Puniet - made the switch to slicks.

de Puniet took his Aspar ART to a best lap of 1m 36.965s on his eighth of nine laps, but later parked his machine due to a technical problem. Next quickest was Gresini CRT rider Michele Pirro, 0.119s behind the Frenchman.

Ducati riders Nicky Hayden - quickest in the wet this morning - Karel Abraham and Valentino Rossi were the only manufacturer competitors to fit slicks on their way to third, fourth and fifth.

Five riders - including the top four in the world championship; Jorge Lorenzo, Dani Pedrosa, Casey Stoner and Andrea Dovizioso - decided against recording a lap time in the mixed conditions.

Behind Rossi, Danilo Petrucci (Ioda), Ivan Silva (Avintia), Roberto Rolfo (Speed Master), James Ellison (PBM) and Hiroshi Aoyama (Avintia) completed the afternoon top ten.

The Valencia circuit has been resurfaced prior to this year's event.

Friday practice (2):

1. Randy De Puniet
2. Michele Pirro
3. Nicky Hayden
4. Karel Abraham
5. Valentino Rossi
6. Danilo Petrucci
7. Ivan Silva
8. Roberto Rolfo
9. James Ellison
10. Hiroshi Aoyama
11. Claudio Corti
12. Cal Crutchlow
13. Alvaro Bautista
14. Katsuyuki Nakasuga
15. Aleix Espargaro
16. Hector Barbera
17. Colin Edwards
Casey Stoner
Andrea Dovizioso
Stefan Bradl
Dani Pedrosa
Jorge Lorenzo

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November 09, 2012 2:47 PM

Nobody figures anywhere. If I need to spell it out for the hard of thinking I will: This is FREE PRACTICE. Not a race, not qualifying. And it's taking place under less than ideal conditions. Even in perfect conditions some riders are out there pushing the limits, some are trying different setups, some are even just learning the track. In the wet you have to factor in that some are avoiding taking risks. And in drying conditions all bets are off. As such the times are academic. The point I was trying to make above is that the pro Hayden crowd of this morning were being foolish.

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