MOTOGP: Lorenzo Steals the Show; Paces Friday Practice in Malaysia Ahead of Pedrosa

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SEPANG, Malaysia – official series release — MotoGP photo —

Jorge Lorenzo ended the first day of MotoGP practice at the Sepang Int’l Circuit on top of the charts, sending a message to his teammate and title rival Valentino Rossi in the process.

Lorezno played second fiddle to Dani Pedrosa in the first practice of the day, but the Spainard showed his speed in the second practice with a fast lap of 2:00.246. Pedrosa ended the day in second overall, just .047 of a second behind Lorenzo’s Yamaha.

“We are working very well on the setting of the bike,” said Lorenzo. “We have a good pace both with the old and the new tire, we just need to improve some details, but overall it‘s good. This afternoon it was very hot. It will depend on tomorrow‘s weather, but I think the bike can be further improved so I can better my lap time.”

Pedrosa’s teammate Marc Marquez ended the day third fastest. The reigning MotoGP champion took his 50th GP victory Phillip Island last time out and won last year’s race at Sepang from pole.

Ducati Team’s Andrea Iannone followed up his podium at Phillip Island by ending the day fourth fastest despite crashing at turn eight in the second practice. Following his crash the Italian immediately went out and set his quickest time of the day, just .014 of a second behind Marquez.

Rossi found himself down in fifth overall after an issue with his bike at the end of the second practice prevented him from setting a fast lap on fresh rubber. Rossi, who has won six times in the premier class at Sepang, failed to improve on his time from the morning session.

LCR Honda’s Cal Crutchlow was sixth fastest as the leading Satellite rider, followed by Aleix Espargaro, Andrea Dovizioso, Scott Redding and Danilo Petrucci.

CREDIT: MotoGP Communications

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