WATCH: Bike almost squashes rider

The British MotoGP was reduced to 19 laps after it was halted following a brutal first-lap collision between Loris Baz and Pol Espargaro.

How to buy a classic motorcycle in SA?

'There are a few things you need to consider,’ writes bike guru Dries Van der Walt.

Stoner tops times at Le Mans

2012-05-18 19:16

CASEY STONER: He might have announced his retirement but he's giving nothing away yet.

LE MANS, France - World motorcycling champion Casey Stoner on Friday dominated the first and second practice sessions for the 2012 French MotoGP here after his announcement that he would indeed quit the sport.

The 26-year-old Australian, who said on Thursday that he would bow out at the end of the season for personal reasons, led the pack with a combined time of 1min33.740sec on a Honda.


Spain's Dani Pedrosa, also Honda-mounted, was in second and compatriot Jorge Lorenzo (Yamaha) was third.

Stoner has won 35 MotoGP races in his career and is leading the current standings by one point after winning two of the season's three events. The French MotoGP will be raced on Sunday afternoon.

Combined times of the first and second free practice sessions for the French Motorcycle Grand Prix on Friday:

1 Casey Stoner (AUS/Honda) 1min33.740
2 Dani Pedrosa (ESP/Honda) +0.265
3 Jorge Lorenzo (ESP/Yamaha) +0.396
4 Alvaro Bautista (ESP/Honda) +0.697
5 Ben Spies (USA/Yamaha) +0.727
6 Andrea Dovizioso (ITA/Yamaha) +0.845
7 Cal Crutchlow (GBR/Yamaha) +0.870
8 Hector Barbera (ESP/Ducati) +1.339
9 Valentino Rossi (ITA/Ducati) +1.372
10 Nicky Hayden (USA/Ducati) +1.392

Inside Wheels24

Maverick talent wins maiden MotoGP in style

Maverick Vinales rode a masterful race to secure his first MotoGP victory, easing to take the chequered flag in the British Grand Prix at Silverstone on Sunday.

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.