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Sepang MotoGP: Jorge Lorenzo flies in third practice

Jorge Lorenzo stayed on top in third practice for MotoGP's Malaysian Grand Prix, setting the fastest ever motorcycle lap of the Sepang circuit on his Yamaha

After beating his quickest time from Friday early in the session, Lorenzo later found more than half a second to post a 1m59.544s with four minutes left on the clock.

That time was almost two and a half tenths of a second quicker than Marc Marquez's qualifying lap record from 2014.

Honda pair Dani Pedrosa and Marquez would join Lorenzo underneath the two-minute mark, with Marquez going second quickest on his final lap, 0.111 seconds down on Lorenzo.

Championship leader Valentino Rossi made it into the top four but was seven tenths off the pace of his team-mate and title rival Lorenzo.

Hector Barbera was a fine fifth fastest on his Avintia Ducati, just ahead of Cal Crutchlow, who lifted himself up from 13th on combined times to sixth at the end of the session to secure a place in Q2.

Suzuki rider Aleix Espargaro completed the top seven.

Andrea Iannone could not improve upon his Friday time and ended his session parked up against the pitwall with the chain off his Ducati, but will go through to Q2 with the eighth best time ahead of team-mate Andrea Dovizioso.

Pol Espargaro secured the final Q2 spot with the 10th best time of practice. His Tech 3 Yamaha team-mate Bradley Smith will have to go through Q1 after only managing 12th behind Maverick Vinales.

Danilo Petrucci slipped out of an automatic Q2 slot when he crashed with three minutes remaining at Turn 7.

PRACTICE THREE TIMES:

Pos Rider Team Bike Time Gap Laps
1 Jorge Lorenzo Yamaha Yamaha 1m59.544s - 15
2 Marc Marquez Honda Honda 1m59.655s 0.111s 17
3 Dani Pedrosa Honda Honda 1m59.983s 0.439s 18
4 Valentino Rossi Yamaha Yamaha 2m00.253s 0.709s 17
5 Hector Barbera Avintia Racing Ducati 2m00.332s 0.788s 14
6 Cal Crutchlow LCR Honda 2m00.371s 0.827s 16
7 Aleix Espargaro Suzuki Suzuki 2m00.482s 0.938s 16
8 Andrea Dovizioso Ducati Ducati 2m00.604s 1.060s 18
9 Pol Espargaro Tech 3 Yamaha 2m00.709s 1.165s 17
10 Maverick Vinales Suzuki Suzuki 2m00.739s 1.195s 16
11 Andrea Iannone Ducati Ducati 2m00.783s 1.239s 17
12 Bradley Smith Tech 3 Yamaha 2m00.968s 1.424s 18
13 Danilo Petrucci Pramac Racing Ducati 2m01.016s 1.472s 12
14 Scott Redding Marc VDS Honda 2m01.086s 1.542s 17
15 Stefan Bradl Aprilia Gresini Aprilia 2m01.303s 1.759s 17
16 Nicky Hayden Aspar Honda 2m01.318s 1.774s 17
17 Yonny Hernandez Pramac Racing Ducati 2m01.557s 2.013s 17
18 Alvaro Bautista Aprilia Gresini Aprilia 2m01.742s 2.198s 17
19 Toni Elias Forward Racing Yamaha Forward 2m01.923s 2.379s 17
20 Jack Miller LCR Honda 2m02.057s 2.513s 15
21 Mike Di Meglio Avintia Racing Ducati 2m02.135s 2.591s 15
22 Eugene Laverty Aspar Honda 2m02.699s 3.155s 17
23 Loris Baz Forward Racing Yamaha Forward 2m02.845s 3.301s 15
24 Anthony West AB Motoracing Honda 2m03.791s 4.247s 16
25 Damian Cudlin IodaRacing Project ART/Aprilia 2m07.639s 8.095s 13


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