Casey Stoner was fastest in second practice at Silverstone but the story of the session was Ben Spies recovering from his morning crash to record the second fastest time.
The American has endured a miserable season thus far and is under incredible pressure from Yamaha to turn around his fortunes and having crashed out of the Catalan Grand Prix, while briefly leading, Spies needs a strong result this weekend if he is to be in a position to hold onto a MotoGP ride for 2013.
Throughout the afternoon session, run in mostly dry conditions, Spies set the pace and it was only in the final eight minutes that Stoner laid his claim to the top spot. The Australian would eventually hold a slender advantage of just 0.034s, but it once again laid down a marker to the rest of the field that he is looking to return to winning ways.
With Jorge Lorenzo holding a twenty point championship lead Stoner needs to claw back into that advantage otherwise the reigning champion will playing catchup to Lorenzo and the Spaniard is a notoriously strong front runner.
Following their domination of the wet opening session Ducati had to settle for fourth with Nicky Hayden and eleventh for Rossi. This session showed once again just how difficult a time that Rossi is having aboard the bike.
In the wet he looks every inch the world beater that he once was but in the dry he is unable to ride with confidence and his apprehension is visible on the bike. With the front end pushing Rossi has found it all but impossible to even contemplate approaching the limit of his bike.
As a result he ended the session as the slowest prototype rider, Karel Abraham once again sat out the session, and was trailed by the CRT bikes with Randy de Puniet once again the leading rider in the unofficial CRT class. The Frenchman was three seconds off the pace of Stoner.