MotoGP: Randy de Puniet heads wet Valencia practice

Valencia MotoGP

  • Venue: Circuito de la Comunitat Valenciana, Valencia
  • Saturday 10 November: Qualifying 09:50-12:00, Red Button/online
  • Sunday 11 November: Moto2 & 3 races, Red Button/online 09:50-12:00; MotoGP race BBC2 & BBC HD 12:30-14:00 and on BBC Sport website. MotoGP Extra, 1400-1430, Red Button/online

Randy de Puniet was a surprise name at the top of the timesheets as wet weather affected practice for Sunday's Valencian MotoGP.

Many of the top riders stayed in their garages, leaving CRT rider De Puniet as the quickest man on the damp track.

Michele Pirro was second, ahead of Ducati rider Nicky Hayden who topped the morning session.

New champion Jorge Lorenzo, Dani Pedrosa and Casey Stoner all decided not to post a time.

MotoGP standings

  • Jorge Lorenzo (Spa) - 350 points
  • Dani Pedrosa (Spa) - 307 points
  • Casey Stoner (Aus) - 238 points
  • Andrea Dovizioso (Ita) - 208 points
  • Alvaro Bautista (Spa) - 165 points

De Puniet's best finish in a race this season is eighth place.

Hayden was fastest during the wet morning practice, clocking a best lap of one minute 44.485.

Lorenzo was second ahead of Pedrosa, with British rider Cal Crutchlow in eighth place and Stoner 10th as he prepares for the final race of his MotoGP career before retirement.

De Puniet was later able to post the best lap of the day but his 1:36.965 was still more than five seconds slower than Stoner's pole position lap from last year.

Valencia MotoGP second practice times:

1. Randy de Puniet (Fra) ART Aprilia 1:36.965

2. Michele Pirro (Ita) Gresini FTR 1:37.084

3. Nicky Hayden (USA) Ducati 1:37.389

4. Karel Abraham (Cze) Cardion Ducati 1:37.782

5. Valentino Rossi (Ita) Ducati 1:38.115

6. Danilo Petrucci (Ita) Ioda Racing 1:38.300

7. Ivan Silva (Spa) Blusens BQR 1:38.304

8. Roberto Rolfo (Ita) Speed Master ART 1:38.905

9. James Ellison (GBR) PBM ART 1:39.837

10. Hiroshi Aoyama (JPN) Blusens BQR 1:40.497