Jorge Lorenzo got his weekend off to an ideal start at Sepang, setting the fastest time in the first session of free practice, just a fraction of a second ahead of the Australian Casey Stoner. Valentino Rossi had dominated early on, but as the second half of the session commenced, Casey Stoner took over the running at the front. With 10 minutes to go, Rossi looked like getting back in contention with Stoner, but the Italian was balked in the final corner by Alex de Angelis.
A couple of minutes later, Casey Stoner took a lot of time off his previous best lap. But with 2 minutes to go, Jorge Lorenzo went even faster, setting an impressive time of 2'02.180, just a few hundredths above the current lap record. Stoner was left in 2nd place, just behind Lorenzo, but then half a second separated 3rd place man Dani Pedrosa from Stoner. The improvements by the rest of the Fantastic Four pushed Valentino Rossi down into 4th place.
|12||15||Alex DE ANGELIS||HONDA||2'04.042||1.862||0.257|
|14||14||Randy DE PUNIET||HONDA||2'04.664||2.484||0.390|