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Repsol Honda’s Dani Pedrosa topped the Friday practice charts for the MotoGP Shell Advance Malaysian Motorcycle Grand Prix at the Sepang Int’l Circuit.
Pedrosa recovered from a difficult weekend at Phillip Island immediately in the first practice, able to set competitive times from the start. A time of 2:01.379s from the Spanish rider had him atop the session ahead of Aleix Espargaro.
“We were able to ride in the dry this morning and set some good times, but in the afternoon the rain arrived,” Pedrosa said following his first run. “We shall see what the weather is like tomorrow, and we hope to get more dry track time to finish analyzing the performance of the front and rear tires. We only used the soft compound in the morning run and we would like to try the harder compound.”
“I had a problem with the wet rear, which had hardly any tire wear after 14 laps, but no grip from the beginning. We hope to continue developing the setup of the bike tomorrow and be able to ride with a tire that works well.”
The second practice was affected by rain, causing riders to be cautious in the opening stages. Pedrosa finished the session in third, 1.079 seconds off Jorge Lorenzo’s (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP) best time.
Espargaro was second fastest overall, trailing Pedrosa by just .014 of a second, whilst Lorenzo (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP) was just .037 of a second down on Pedrosa in third and Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda Team) was fourth in the morning run.
Stefan Bradl (LCR Honda MotoGP), Valentino Rossi (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP), Dovizioso (Ducati Team), Cal Crutchlow (Ducati Team), Yonny Hernandez (Energy T.I. Pramac Racing) and Pol Espargaro (Monster Yamaha Tech3) completed Friday’s top ten.