2009 Sepang Test - Day 1 Times - 4pm - Rossi Leads Stoner

Action is still underway in Malaysia, and the times are starting to come in. All day long, Valentino Rossi and Casey Stoner have been swapping the lead, and at 4pm, it was Rossi's turn at the top of the timesheets. The big surprise of the day are the Suzukis, both Loris Capirossi and Chris Vermeulen the only riders capable of getting anywhere near the two leaders.

More worrying will be the big gaps between the rest of the field: Dani Pedrosa is in 6th place, nearly a second behind Rossi, while Sete Gibernau in 10th is another second behind Pedrosa. Stoner's Ducati team mate Nicky Hayden is down in 14th, just behind James Toseland. Hayden's time will be a worrying sign that the Ducati is still a difficult bike to handle.

The rev limits imposed by Honda on the satellite spec bikes seem to be having the expected result. First satellite spec RC212V is Alex de Angelis down in 11th, over a second behind the fastest factory Honda of Dani Pedrosa. More times once the session is over. 

No.RiderBikeTimeFast LapTotal Laps
1Valentino RossiYamaha2'02.3242631
2Casey StonerDucati2'02.4062425
3Loris CapirossiSuzuki2'02.5652929
4Chris VermeulenSuzuki2'02.8034040
5Colin EdwardsYamaha2'03.2541534
6Dani PedrosaHonda2'03.3123344
7Andrea DoviziosoHonda2'03.4773740
8Toni EliasHonda2'03.6093838
9Jorge LorenzoYamaha2'03.8943156
10Sete GibernauDucati2'04.3051837
11Alex De AngelisHonda2'04.4633139
12Mika KallioDucati2'04.6143040
13James ToselandYamaha2'04.6321121
14Nicky HaydenDucati2'04.6393240
15Randy De PunietHonda2'04.8824646
16Norihiko FujiwaraYamaha2'05.1402033
17Yuki TakahashiHonda2'05.9854455
18Waturu YoshikawaYamaha2'06.2171642
19Niccolo CanepaDucati2'06.2252532

Lap record: 2007, Casey Stoner, 2'02.108

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