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Dani Pedrosa has topped the third MotoGP free practice session at Sepang, the tricky and frustrating session saw the rider's confidence tested to the limit, as spots of rain fell intermittently throughout. Pedrosa managed to set his best time with his final lap as the rain ceased for the final ten minutes of proceedings. Both Jorge Lorenzo and Valentino Rossi appeared to make great strides with the setup of their M1 machines over night, improving on their Friday times and finishing in second and third places respectively, less than a tenth behind form-man Pedrosa.
Stefan Bradl did a commendable job to finish the session in fourth place ahead of Cal Crutchlow and fellow Honda rider Alvaro Bautista. Marc Marquez appeared to struggle with the dicey conditions and had to settle for seventh place. Andrea Dovizioso, Nicky Hayden and Bradley Smith completed the top ten places on the time sheet and would be the last of the riders to automatically qualify for the QP2 session later today.
Championship leader Luis Salom has lead a rampant KTM fight back during Moto3 FP3 in Sepang. Following the strong performance of the Mahindra and Honda riders on Friday, Salom reveled in the morning's cool track conditions, finishing the session almost half a second ahead of Jonas Folger and some six tenths quicker than the fastest ever Moto3 lap set at the Malaysian circuit. Salom's main championship rivals Maverick Vinales and Alex Rins completed an all KTM top four.
Miguel Oliveira lead for large portions of the early Saturday session but ended up in fifth place aboard his Mahindra. He was followed by KTM rider Alex Marquez and the FTR Honda pairing of Niccolo Antonelli and Jack Miller. Brad Binder, getting ever more comfortable with his Mahindra machine and impressive young German rider Philipp Oettl rounded out the top ten. There were several crashes during the incident packed session which saw spills for Florian Alt, Jasper Iwema, Niklas Ajo and John McPhee. All riders walked away uninjured and OK.
Esteve Rabat has continued his devastating early form at Sepang to head Moto2 FP2 by a staggering seven tenths of a second. Thomas Luthi was the closest that any of the seemingly hapless field could get ending up precisely 0.709 behind the inspired Spaniard. Scott Redding showed an improvement on his morning pace to finish in third place and importantly ahead of his fierce title rival Pol Espargaro in fourth. Takaaki Nakagami rounded out the top five placings despite a small crash late in the session.
Last years Malaysian Grand Prix winner Alex DeAngelis put in a solid performance aboard his Speed Up machine, snaring the sixth fastest time of the session. The San-Marinese rider finished ahead of the ever consistent Dominique Aegerter while Aspar rider Nico Terol ended up in eighth place in front of Mika Kallio and Johann Zarco in tenth.
Dani Pedrosa has continued his determined showing in the morning session and finished the second MotoGP practice session at Sepang a mere two tenths of a second off the outright circuit pole record. The diminutive Spaniard was in peerless form as he headed Marc Marquez by over half a second. Cal Crutchlow finished as top Yamaha and in third place ahead of Valentino Rossi and Alvaro Bautista.
In stark contrast to the scintillating pace shown by Pedrosa, the frustration displayed by Jorge Lorenzo in the morning session was compounded in FP2 as he had to settle for sixth place on the time sheet. The World Champion ended proceedings over one second behind Pedrosa's benchmark time, he completed very few laps and like his Yamaha counterparts has a lot of work to do to chase down the Repsol bikes at the front.
Stefan Bradl finished the muggy afternoon session ahead of the factory Ducati pairing of Nicky Hayden and Andrea Dovizioso while Bradley Smith rounded out the top ten placings.
The second Moto3 free practice session was run on a damp track for the majority after a torrential down pour during the days lunch break. Australian Jack Miller ended the mixed proceedings at the top of the time sheets after the track had dried out with ten minutes remaining. In the end his impressive lap time was only half a second slower than his morning's effort.
The top ten included five FTR Honda machines and two Mahindra's, the first of which was Efren Vazquez who finished in second position, almost seven tenths behind Miller. He was followed by Alexis Masbou, Jonas Folger and Romano Fenati who rounded out the top five.
Alex Rins sat at the top of the pile for large portions of the treacherous session while it was at it's wettest. In the end he had to settle for sixth position while Isaac Vinales finished in seventh ahead of Niccolo Antonelli, second factory Mahindra rider Miguel Oliveira and championship leader Luis Salom in tenth.
The first Moto2 practice session at Sepang was headed by Tito Rabat, it proved to be a tricky affair, with light sprinkles of rain appearing throughout. The 'in form' rider of the class has scored more points than any other over the last five races and was not deterred by the conditions as he topped the timesheets by almost half a second. Fellow Pons Kalex rider Pol Espargaro ended in second place ahead of Thomas Luthi, Takaaki Nakagami and Mika Kallio.
After his commanding win at the last race in Aragon Nico Terol had to settle for sixth place followed by Alex De Angelis, Julian Simon, Simone Corsi and Johann Zarco. The Frenchman succumbed to the tricky weather late in proceedings and suffered a minor crash, he walked away unharmed. There was also a spill for Indonesian rider Rafid Topan Sucipto who was also uninjured.
Dani Pedrosa has responded to the controversy that emerged out of the last round in Aragon in perfect fashion by leading MotoGP FP1 in Sepang. The Spaniard's time of 2:01.229 put him a decisive three tenths of a second clear of his partner in contention and team mate Marc Marquez. Jorge Lorenzo cut a frustrated figure during the session, despite finishing in third place and only three hundredths behind Marquez, the World Champion looked unhappy with the setup of his Yamaha and remonstrated regularly with his mechanics.
Alvaro Bautista set the fourth fastest lap time ahead of another frustrated Yamaha rider in Valentino Rossi. Cal Crutchlow ended in sixth, three tenths behind Rossi and underlined the struggles that the Yamaha riders appeared to be having during the weekend's first session. Stefan Bradl, Nicky Hayden, Bradley Smith and Andrea Dovizioso completed the top ten placings.
Maverick Vinales has topped the time sheets at the conclusion of the first Moto3 free practice session in Sepang. The Spaniard is the only rider competing in the class to have taken victory at the Malaysian circuit previously and showed his affinity with a scorching benchmark time of 2:14.961. He was followed closely by the impressive FTR Honda pair of Alexis Masbou and Jack Miller who both enjoyed spells at the head of the field throughout the session.
Winner of the previous two Grand Prix Alex Rins finished in fourth ahead of Efren Vazquez and championship leader Luis Salom while Isaac Vinales, Brad Binder, Miguel Oliveira and Phillip Oettl rounded out the top ten. Alex Marquez was the first crasher of the weekend and the only rider to come to grief in the session, losing the front at the very quick turn ten. He was unhurt but unable to complete any further laps following the spill due to bike damage, a less than ideal start to proceedings for the young contender.
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