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Pedrosa and Stoner up front on Day 1 in Sepang
Fresh from victory in Motegi last week, the Repsol Honda Team continued to top the time sheets at the Sepang circuit today. Dani Pedrosa took first position recording a best lap time of 2'01.621 with Casey Stoner in second, only 0.152 off Pedrosa with 2'01.773.

It's been a typical first day of free practice for the Malaysian Grand Prix, with high temperatures and humidity in the morning session and sporadic heavy showers arriving in the afternoon which reduced time on track. The Repsol Honda riders didn't complete a flying lap in the afternoon as the track was wet at the beginning but as the session progressed areas began to dry up creating awkward 50/50 conditions.

Anyway, the weekend has started very positive for Dani and Casey, both riding under the current circuit record in the dry conditions set by Stoner in 2007 (2'02.108). The team will be aiming to make the most of tomorrow's last free practice to be ready for a strong qualifying session.

DANI PEDROSA 1st 2'01.621

"We've been lucky to have the first practice in the dry to begin setting up the bike for the race because as we've seen in the last few days sooner or later it rains here. The track was a little dirty in the morning and the grip level quite poor, but the lap times were not so bad and the conditions will improve throughout the weekend. In the morning I had a lot of vibration in the rear which we think was a problem with the wheel balance. I did a sighting lap in the afternoon and it was full wet until turn 4 but from there, full dry, so we decided to stay in the pits. We will have to make good use of track time tomorrow morning to prepare the bike for qualifying and the race".

CASEY STONER 2nd 2'01.773

"I definitely feel more comfortable here than I did in Japan, I'm not sure if this is time on the bike or the fact that this track isn't quite so demanding on my right leg. The circuit goes to the right a lot, but there aren't so many slow corners that I need to pick the bike up from and I'm getting a better feeling here so the lap times came easier. We still have quite a bit of work to do and I don't think we are anywhere near the pace that we need to be but the first session went very well and hopefully we can continue in this way for the remainder of the weekend".

Practice Results

Pos Rider Time Nat Bike Team
1 Dani Pedrosa 2'01.621 SPA HONDA Repsol Honda Team
2 Casey Stoner 2'01.773 AUS HONDA Repsol Honda Team
3 Jorge Lorenzo 2'01.934 SPA YAMAHA Yamaha Factory Racing Team
4 Andrea Dovizioso 2'02.236 ITA YAMAHA Monster Yamaha Tech 3
5 Cal Crutchlow 2'02.266 GBR YAMAHA Monster Yamaha Tech 3
6 Ben Spies 2'02.358 USA YAMAHA Yamaha Factory Racing Team
7 Stefan Bradl 2'02.617 GER HONDA LCR Honda MotoGP
8 Nicky Hayden 2'02.754 USA DUCATI Ducati Team
9 Alvaro Bautista 2'02.872 SPA HONDA San Carlo Honda Gresini
10 Hector Barbera 2'03.221 SPA DUCATI Pramac Racing
11 Valentino Rossi 2'03.274 ITA DUCATI Ducati Team
12 Karel Abraham 2'04.624 CZE DUCATI Cardion AB Motoracing
13 Randy De Puniet 2'05.029 FRA ART Aspar Team MotoGP
14 Aleix Espargaro 2'05.077 ESP ART Aspar Team MotoGP
15 Colin Edwards 2'05.387 USA SUTER NGM Mobile Forward Racing
16 Michele Pirro 2'06.058 ITA HONDA San Carlo Honda Gresini
17 James Ellison 2'06.452 GBR ART Paul Bird Racing
18 Roberto Rolfo 2'06.470 ITA ART Speed Master
19 Yonny Hernandez 2'07.257 COL BQR-FTR BQR
20 Ivan Silva 2'07.291 SPA BQR-FTR BQR
21 Danilo Petrucci 2'07.818 ITA IODA Ioda Racing Project

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