Sepang MotoGP: Dani Pedrosa tops practice one for Honda

Honda MotoGP rider Dani Pedrosa set the pace in the opening practice session for the penultimate race of the season, the Malaysian Grand Prix at Sepang

Pedrosa, who won at the circuit in 2012 and '13, set his best lap of 2m00.412s inside the first 10 minutes.

Title protagonist Jorge Lorenzo ended up second fastest, 0.210 seconds down on Pedrosa, moving up above the other Honda rider Marc Marquez with just under 18 minutes left.

Championship leader Valentino Rossi completed the top four, half a second down on Pedrosa.

The two British Honda riders were next up, with Scott Redding moving into fifth for the Marc VDS team with five minutes remaining and LCR's Cal Crutchlow taking sixth before the end.

Crutchlow had crashed at Turn 5 with just 12 minutes left on the clock but went straight back out on his second bike to set his best time.

Andrea Iannone was seventh as the leading Ducati rider, in front of Open class Ducati man Hector Barbera, Suzuki's Aleix Espargaro and his own team-mate Andrea Dovizioso.

Bradley Smith had a quiet session on his Tech 3 Yamaha, 1.9s down in 15th place.

Alvaro Bautista joined Crutchlow in crashing during the session, going down at Turn 15 on his Aprilia at around the same time.


Pos Rider Team Bike Time Gap Laps
1 Dani Pedrosa Honda Honda 2m00.412s - 16
2 Jorge Lorenzo Yamaha Yamaha 2m00.622s 0.210s 14
3 Marc Marquez Honda Honda 2m00.736s 0.324s 17
4 Valentino Rossi Yamaha Yamaha 2m00.915s 0.503s 17
5 Scott Redding Marc VDS Honda 2m01.218s 0.806s 17
6 Cal Crutchlow LCR Honda 2m01.235s 0.823s 15
7 Andrea Iannone Ducati Ducati 2m01.421s 1.009s 17
8 Hector Barbera Avintia Racing Ducati 2m01.616s 1.204s 13
9 Aleix Espargaro Suzuki Suzuki 2m01.741s 1.329s 15
10 Andrea Dovizioso Ducati Ducati 2m01.917s 1.505s 17
11 Danilo Petrucci Pramac Racing Ducati 2m01.957s 1.545s 17
12 Maverick Vinales Suzuki Suzuki 2m02.258s 1.846s 15
13 Pol Espargaro Tech 3 Yamaha 2m02.259s 1.847s 18
14 Stefan Bradl Aprilia Gresini Aprilia 2m02.314s 1.902s 17
15 Bradley Smith Tech 3 Yamaha 2m02.323s 1.911s 18
16 Nicky Hayden Aspar Honda 2m02.590s 2.178s 16
17 Yonny Hernandez Pramac Racing Ducati 2m03.072s 2.660s 15
18 Jack Miller LCR Honda 2m03.136s 2.724s 16
19 Alvaro Bautista Aprilia Gresini Aprilia 2m03.228s 2.816s 14
20 Mike Di Meglio Avintia Racing Ducati 2m03.394s 2.982s 14
21 Loris Baz Forward Racing Yamaha Forward 2m03.429s 3.017s 14
22 Eugene Laverty Aspar Honda 2m03.938s 3.526s 16
23 Toni Elias Forward Racing Yamaha Forward 2m04.496s 4.084s 16
24 Anthony West AB Motoracing Honda 2m05.793s 5.381s 17
25 Damian Cudlin IodaRacing Project ART/Aprilia 2m07.552s 7.140s 14

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