Stoner sets benchmark at Le Mans

Casey Stoner on the pace in practice at Le Mans

Casey Stoner has will head into qualifying as the favourite for pole position after dominating the opening day of practice for the French Grand Prix.

The Australian broke the Le Mans practice record in the first session, before going faster again in the afternoon.

Stoner’s best for the day of 1:33.8s was enough to see him 0.8s clear of Marco Simoncelli, and 0.7s faster than Repsol Honda team-mate Dani Pedrosa.

Nicky Hayden has made a promising start to the weekend with fourth fastest on the factory Ducati, while Jorge Lorenzo, Andrea Dovizioso, Colin Edwards, Hiroshi Aoyama, Valentino Rossi and Ben Spies round out the top 10.

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See below for the full Practice 2 result

 1 Casey Stoner     Repsol Honda Team       1m33.782     
 2 Marco Simoncelli San Carlo Honda Gresini 1m34.186 0.404
 3 Dani Pedrosa     Repsol Honda Team       1m34.478 0.696
 4 Nicky Hayden     Ducati Team             1m34.652 0.870
 5 Jorge Lorenzo    Yamaha Factory Racing   1m34.659 0.877
 6 Andrea Dovizioso Repsol Honda Team       1m34.705 0.923
 7 Colin Edwards    Monster Yamaha Tech 3   1m34.939 1.157
 8 Hiroshi Aoyama   San Carlo Honda Gresini 1m34.959 1.177
 9 Valentino Rossi  Ducati Team             1m34.966 1.184
10 Ben Spies         Yamaha Factory Racing   1m34.976 1.194
11 Randy De Puniet  Pramac Racing Team      1m34.998 1.216
12 Cal Crutchlow    Monster Yamaha Tech 3   1m35.158 1.376
13 Loris Capirossi  Pramac Racing Team      1m35.383 1.601
14 Hector Barbera   Mapfre Aspar Team MotoGP 1m35.902 2.120
15 Alvaro Bautista  Rizla Suzuki MotoGP     1m35.992 2.210
16 Toni Elias       LCR Honda MotoGP        1m36.304 2.522
17 Karel Abraham    Cardion AB Motoracing   1m36.327 2.545

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