Casey Stoner in the lead
MotoGP World Championship leader Casey Stoner set the pace in both of Friday’s free practice sessions for the German Grand Prix, the second of which ended with the internal’s of Nicky Hayden’s Repsol Honda strewn across the race track.
Stoner had lead the morning session by a confident 0.686secs from Carlos Checa and the 21-year-old Australian held a similar margin, this time over title rival Valentino Rossi, by the midway point of the afternoon hour.
The Ducati Marlboro star’s advantage later peaked at 0.759secs, before Rossi - winner last time out at Assen to climb within 21 points of Stoner – clawed it back to a more respectable 0.346secs by the conclusion of the hour.
And that hour ended in a haze of RC212V engine smoke after Hayden’s factory Honda blew up in spectacular style along the main straight. Pieces of engine were sent bouncing along the track behind the reigning world champion, while oil was still spewing from the belly pan when he parked the machine at turn one.