Fresh from a strong fifth place last week at Philip Island, Alex Rins showed his strong form is holding firm with a top time in FP2 at the Sepang circuit in Malaysia. Rins 1'59.608 on Friday was the fastest time of the weekend and gave him the top combined times for Friday practices. Marc marquez, who held the top of the timesheet with 2 minutes left was relegated to second on Rins fast lap. Jack Miller, the first rider in FP2 to drop into the 1'59s was pushed into third.
Maverick Vinales seized fourth late, just ahead of Danilo Petrucci (5th). Valentino Rossi, who's 2'00.035 held as the top spot for much of the session was pushed into sixth in the final two minutes of practice. Andrea Dovizioso (7th), who was quickest in FP1, could not equal his earlier lap time. Johann Zarco (8th), Andrea Iannone and Dani Pedrosa (10th) rounded out the top 10.
Concerned about unpredictable weather for Saturday's qualifying, riders pushed hard early, treating both Friday sessions as a quasi qualifiers.
NOTE: Riders shown in bold currently will advance to Q2, pending results in FP3.