Pedrosa Dominates Friday Running In Malaysia


Dani Pedrosa looks the overwhelming favourite for victory in this weekend’s Malaysian Grand Prix after dominating Friday Practice at Sepang. The Spaniard was half a second quicker than his nearest rival with Marc Marquez best of the rest on the other Repsol Honda, three places better off than his only remaining championship rival Jorge Lorenzo.

Pedrosa topped the morning session and although Marquez led midway through the afternoon, Dani returned to finish 0.534s ahead while also demonstrating an ominous turn of pace over long runs. Speaking after session, Pedrosa was pleased with his day’s work although he did encounter some physical discomfort.

“Today went well; we had two good practice sessions and were able to ride in dry conditions in both the morning and afternoon. In the second session it looked like the track was going to be wet after a brief rain shower in-between FP1 and FP2, but it dried out quickly and we were able to continue working on our setups. When sitting on the bike I have quite a lot of pain, as the seat is very hard, so we shall see if a few more anti-inflammatories can help to alleviate the issue. We might also add a small cushion underneath my leathers, in order to absorb the bumps that we get when riding”.

Behind the Repsol Honda 1-2, Cal Crutchlow led the chasing pack albeit 0.869s in arrears with factory Yamaha teammates Valentino Rossi and Jorge Lorenzo fourth and fifth respectively. Alvaro Bautista recovered from a crash at turn four to finish sixth quickest ahead of Stefan Bradl with the factory Ducatis of Nicky Hayden and Andrea Dovizioso next up.

Bradley Smith holds the final automatic place in Q2 overnight although he will feel he must improve in FP3 on Saturday morning with Aleix Espargaro and Andrea Iannone close behind.

 

 SHELL ADVANCE MALAYSIAN MOTORCYCLE GP – FRIDAY PRACTICE CLASSIFICATION
TOP TEN AUTOMATICALLY ADVANCE TO QUALIFYING 2
POS RIDER CONSTRUCTOR TEAM TIME
1  DANI PEDROSA HONDA REPSOL HONDA TEAM 2:00.554
2  MARC MARQUEZ HONDA REPSOL HONDA TEAM 2:01.087
3  CAL CRUTCHLOW YAMAHA MONSTER YAMAHA TECH 3 2:01.423
4  VALENTINO ROSSI YAMAHA YAMAHA FACTORY RACING 2:01.538
5  JORGE LORENZO YAMAHA YAMAHA FACTORY RACING 2:01.623
6  ALVARO BAUTISTA HONDA GO&FUN HONDA GRESINI 2:01.659
7  STEFAN BRADL HONDA LCR HONDA MOTOGP 2:01.727
8  NICKY HAYDEN DUCATI DUCATI TEAM 2:02.373
9  ANDREA DOVIZIOSO DUCATI DUCATI TEAM 2:02.487
10  BRADLEY SMITH YAMAHA MONSTER YAMAHA TECH 3 2:02.551
11  ALEIX ESPARGARO ART POWER ELECTRONICS ASPAR 2:02.610
12  ANDREA IANNONE DUCATI ENERGY T.I. PRAMAC RACING TEAM 2:02.819
13  HECTOR BARBERA FTR AVINTIA BLUSENS 2:03.225
14  COLIN EDWARDS FTR KAWASAKI NGM MOBILE FORWARD RACING 2:03.574
15  YONNY HERNANDEZ DUCATI IGNITE PRAMAC RACING TEAM 2:03.780
16  RANDY DE PUNIET ART POWER ELECTRONICS ASPAR 2:03.922
17  HIROSHI AOYAMA FTR AVINTIA BLUSENS 2:04.273
18  CLAUDIO CORTI FTR KAWASAKI NGM MOBILE FORWARD RACING 2:04.703
19  DANILO PETRUCCI IODA-SUTER CAME IODARACING PROJECT 2:04.965
20  MICHAEL LAVERTY ART PAUL BIRD MOTORSPORT 2:05.319
21  LUCA SCASSA ART CARDION AB MOTORACING 2:05.598
22  BRYAN STARING FTR HONDA GO&FUN HONDA GRESINI 2:06.538
23  LUKAS PESEK IODA-SUTER CAME IODARACING PROJECT 2:07.024
24  DAMIAN CUDLIN PBM PAUL BIRD MOTORSPORT 2:07.122