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Rossi tops Sepang warm-up

Valentino Rossi, Yamaha, SepangValentino Rossi was quickest in the morning warm-up ahead of the Malaysian Grand Prix - the race that is set to see him hand his world championship crown to his Yamaha team-mate Jorge Lorenzo.

Ducati's Casey Stoner had been on top for the majority of the session, before Rossi edged ahead with a late 2m02.269s lap, 0.090 seconds faster than the Australian.

Lorenzo only needs ninth place to become champion today and is expected to ride a cautious race. He was third in the warm-up.

Tech 3 Yamaha's Colin Edwards took fourth, followed by Honda's Andrea Dovizioso and Ducati's second rider Nicky Hayden - who took a shock second place on the grid despite being off the pace in practice, but hinted at respectable race pace this morning.

Ben Spies (Tech 3), Marco Simoncelli (Gresini Honda), Hiroshi Aoyama (Interwetten Honda) and Aleix Espargaro (Pramac Ducati) completed the top 10.

Pos  Rider             Team               Time       Gap
 1.  Valentino Rossi   Yamaha             2m02.269s
 2.  Casey Stoner      Ducati             2m02.359s  + 0.090s
 3.  Jorge Lorenzo     Yamaha             2m02.472s  + 0.203s
 4.  Colin Edwards     Tech 3 Yamaha      2m02.642s  + 0.373s
 5.  Andrea Dovizioso  Honda              2m02.730s  + 0.461s
 6.  Nicky Hayden      Ducati             2m02.770s  + 0.501s
 7.  Ben Spies         Tech 3 Yamaha      2m03.141s  + 0.872s
 8.  Marco Simoncelli  Gresini Honda      2m03.178s  + 0.909s
 9.  Hiroshi Aoyama    Interwetten Honda  2m03.230s  + 0.961s
10.  Aleix Espargaro   Pramac Ducati      2m03.283s  + 1.014s
11.  Alvaro Bautista   Suzuki             2m03.285s  + 1.016s
12.  Randy de Puniet   LCR Honda          2m03.462s  + 1.193s
13.  Marco Melandri    Gresini Honda      2m03.639s  + 1.370s
14.  Loris Capirossi   Suzuki             2m03.812s  + 1.543s
15.  Hector Barbera    Aspar Ducati       2m03.820s  + 1.551s
16.  Mika Kallio       Pramac Ducati      2m03.858s  + 1.589s
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