De Puniet on top in second free practice
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9 November 2012 – In a second free practice session that was marred with damp and awkward track conditions it was Aspar’s Randy de Puniet who went fastest ahead of Michele Pirro and Nicky Hayden.
In drying yet damp track conditions, not many of the top-runners set a lap time, leaving it to the CRT contingent to test the surface. And it was ultimately De Puniet who set the quickest time, before retiring with a mechanical issue three minutes before the end. This moved SGresini’s Michele Pirro into second place, with the Italian just over a tenth of the French rider.
Ducati’s Nicky Hayden, who had been fastest in the fully wet morning session, left it late to head out on track on a pair of slicks, as the leading duo had, and managed to jump up to third on the timesheets. Cardion AB's Karel Abraham put in seven laps on his satellite Ducati, ultimately ending the day in fourth just over eight-tenths off the top. Hayden’s teammate Valentino Rossi was the first prototype to emerge out on track with slicks, yet took it relatively easy, before putting in a lap that saw him come in fifth.
Yamaha’s world champion Jorge Lorenzo, as well as the Repsol Honda duo of Dani Pedrosa and Casey Stoner were among those not to complete a flying lap, with very little to be learned in such conditions.
Saturday's third and final practice session begins at 9.10am local time (GMT +1)