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Lorenzo leads the way at Sepang
Jorge Lorenzo set the standard at Sepang on Friday afternoon, kicking off the weekend with the fastest lap time in the first MotoGP practice.

A margin of 0.064s separated Jorge Lorenzo and Casey Stoner in Free Practice 1 of the Shell Advance Malaysian Motorcycle Grand Prix weekend, as the Fiat Yamaha rider recorded the quickest time in the opening MotoGP session.

On the weekend in which Valentino Rossi could seal the 2009 World Championship title, it was his team-mate – who trails the Italian by 38 points in the standings – who set the pace in humid conditions, with the ambient temperature reaching an energy-sapping 31°C.

Lorenzo set a best lap of 2’02.180 in a tight session, with the top four riders – including Rossi – breaking the 2’03 barrier.

Stoner followed Lorenzo closely, with Dani Pedrosa just over half a second further down at third in the order as Rossi came in fourth, registering a time 0.684s off Lorenzo’s. It was the perfect start to the weekend for the Spaniard, whose crash at Phillip Island last weekend all but ended his hopes of wrestling the title from Rossi.

Pedrosa’s Repsol Honda team-mate Andrea Dovizioso completed the top five with a best lap of 2’03.142, while fellow Italian Loris Capirossi was just over 0.1s behind him.

Toni Elías (San Carlo Honda Gresini), Nicky Hayden (Ducati Marlboro), Colin Edwards (Monster Yamaha Tech 3) and Chris Vermeulen (Rizla Suzuki) were all inside the top ten.

motogp.com will provide exceptionally extended coverage of the Shell Advance Malaysian Motorcycle Grand Prix, with Live Video Broadcast of the MotoGP Free Practice 2 session available from 09:55 to 10:55 local time on Saturday as the riders make their final preparations ahead of the qualifying session.



Rider Nation Team Lap time
1 J. LORENZO SPA Fiat Yamaha Team 2'02.180
2 C. STONER AUS Ducati Marlboro Team + 0.064
3 D. PEDROSA SPA Repsol Honda Team + 0.578
4 V. ROSSI ITA Fiat Yamaha Team + 0.684
5 A. DOVIZIOSO ITA Repsol Honda Team + 0.962
6 L. CAPIROSSI ITA Rizla Suzuki MotoGP + 1.073
7 T. ELIAS SPA San Carlo Honda Gresini + 1.114
8 N. HAYDEN USA Ducati Marlboro Team + 1.246
9 C. EDWARDS USA Monster Yamaha Tech 3 + 1.559
10 C. VERMEULEN AUS Rizla Suzuki MotoGP + 1.583
11 M. KALLIO FIN Pramac Racing + 1.605
12 A. DE ANGELIS RSM San Carlo Honda Gresini + 1.862
13 M. MELANDRI ITA Hayate Racing Team + 2.094
14 R. DE PUNIET FRA LCR Honda MotoGP + 2.484
15 J. TOSELAND GBR Monster Yamaha Tech 3 + 3.038
16 G. TALMACSI HUN Scot Racing Team MotoGP + 3.109
17 A. ESPARGARO SPA Pramac Racing + 3.156

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