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Rossi on top as Malaysian GP practice begins
Valentino Rossi was the fastest MotoGP rider in the first practice session at Sepang on Friday with a best time of 2’02.724 on his Fiat Yamaha M1 machine. The Italian, who sealed last year’s title in Malaysia, was just over a tenth of a second clear at the top of the timings as he started his weekend in promising style.

Andrea Dovizioso had led the session but his best time of 2’02.833 left the sole Repsol Honda rider for this weekend in second position, as he continued to show the kind of form which secured him his first premier class pole in the previous round. Championship leader Jorge Lorenzo, who could take the title this weekend with a finish of ninth place or higher in the race, was third in the session and the final rider under 2’03”.

At 0.436s off Rossi’s pace Casey Stoner was fourth in the practice. The Ducati rider had a crash ten minutes into the session when he lost the front end of his Desmosedici GP10 at turn four, but he was back on track shortly after. Álvaro Bautista’s final lap of the session slotted the Rizla Suzuki rookie into fifth position in an encouraging step up, with Monster Yamaha Tech 3 rider Colin Edwards completing the top six.

The top ten on Friday also included Marco Melandri (San Carlo Honda Gresini Team), Aleix Espargar¢ (Pramac Racing), Ben Spies (Monster Yamaha Tech 3) and Randy de Puniet (LCR Honda).

The session took place in typically humid conditions with an ambient temperature of 38§C, whilst the track surface measured 54§C. The MotoGP riders return to action at 9.55am local time on Saturday for the second practice.

Practice Results
1 Valentino Rossi 2m 02.724 ITA YAMAHA Fiat Yamaha Team
2 Andrea Dovizioso 2m 02.833 ITA HONDA Repsol Honda Team
3 Jorge Lorenzo 2m 02.898 SPA YAMAHA Fiat Yamaha Team
4 Casey Stoner 2m 03.160 AUS DUCATI Ducati Marlboro Team
5 Alvaro Bautista 2m 03.338 SPA SUZUKI Rizla Suzuki MotoGP
6 Colin Edwards 2m 03.393 USA YAMAHA Tech 3 Yamaha
7 Marco Melandri 2m 03.438 ITA HONDA San Carlo Honda Gresini
8 Aleix Espargaro 2m 03.471 SPA DUCATI Pramac Racing
9 Ben Spies 2m 03.477 USA YAMAHA Tech 3 Yamaha
10 Randy De Puniet 2m 03.539 FRA HONDA LCR Honda MotoGP
11 Marco Simoncelli 2m 03.680 ITA HONDA San Carlo Honda Gresini
12 Loris Capirossi 2m 03.717 ITA SUZUKI Rizla Suzuki MotoGP
13 Hector Barbera 2m 03.760 SPA DUCATI Paginas Amarillas Aspar
14 Hiroshi Aoyama 2m 03.769 JPN HONDA Interwetten Honda MotoGP
15 Nicky Hayden 2m 03.947 USA DUCATI Ducati Marlboro Team
16 Mika Kallio 2m 04.023 FIN DUCATI Pramac Racing
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