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Dani Pedrosa dominates MotoGP Friday practice in Malaysia

Dani Pedrosa, Honda, Sepang 2011Dani Pedrosa raised his pace even further in Friday afternoon practice for the Malaysian Grand Prix at Sepang.

After dominating the morning, Pedrosa exchanged the top spot with Honda team-mate and 2011 world champion Casey Stoner a few times in the opening half of practice two, before pulling clear.

Pedrosa then emphasised his advantage with a blistering 2m01.250s lap - 0.7 seconds quicker than his morning pace and under the 2010 pole - in the closing minutes.

That left Stoner 0.820s adrift in second. Third works Honda rider Andrea Dovizioso completed the top three, ahead of Gresini Honda duo Marco Simoncelli and Hiroshi Aoyama.

Best rider on anything other than a Honda was Tech 3 Yamaha's Colin Edwards in sixth, with Alvaro Bautista remaining rapid for Suzuki in seventh, and Ben Spies only ninth on the factory Yamaha.

Quickest Ducatis were the Pramac bike of Randy de Puniet in eighth and the Cardion machine of Karel Abraham in 10th, with factory riders Nicky Hayden and Valentino Rossi only 11th and 13th.

Returnee John Hopkins' Suzuki was 14th again, while Jorge Lorenzo's substitute Katsuyuki Nakasuga crashed at Turn 13 and brought up the rear.

Pos  Rider               Team/Bike       Time       Gap
 1.  Dani Pedrosa        Honda           2m01.250s
 2.  Casey Stoner        Honda           2m02.070s  + 0.820s
 3.  Andrea Dovizioso    Honda           2m02.664s  + 1.414s
 4.  Marco Simoncelli    Gresini Honda   2m02.823s  + 1.573s
 5.  Hiroshi Aoyama      Gresini Honda   2m02.951s  + 1.701s
 6.  Colin Edwards       Tech 3 Yamaha   2m02.991s  + 1.741s
 7.  Alvaro Bautista     Suzuki          2m03.123s  + 1.873s
 8.  Randy de Puniet     Pramac Ducati   2m03.159s  + 1.909s
 9.  Ben Spies           Yamaha          2m03.312s  + 2.062s
10.  Karel Abraham       Cardion Ducati  2m03.318s  + 2.068s
11.  Nicky Hayden        Ducati          2m03.445s  + 2.195s
12.  Loris Capirossi     Pramac Ducati   2m03.595s  + 2.345s
13.  Valentino Rossi     Ducati          2m03.677s  + 2.427s
14.  John Hopkins        Suzuki          2m03.885s  + 2.635s
15.  Cal Crutchlow       Tech 3 Yamaha   2m03.901s  + 2.651s
16.  Toni Elias          LCR Honda       2m04.071s  + 2.821s
17.  Hector Barbera      Aspar Ducati    2m04.603s  + 3.353s
18.  Katsuyuki Nakasuga  Yamaha          2m05.996s  + 4.746s
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