Pedrosa stays on top in practice

Sat, 22 Oct 04:25:08 2011

Dani Pedrosa was quickest again in final practice ahead of Malaysian Grand Prix qualifying at Sepang.

The Spaniard followed up his Friday domination by setting a 2m01.946s lap early in this morning's session to regain the top spot, and later improved to 2m01.769s on his works Honda.

Once again, the four factory specification Hondas proved untouchable, filling the top four positions. But this time Gresini's Marco Simoncelli managed to disrupt the works team formation, taking second - 0.265 seconds down on Pedrosa, and ahead of Andrea Dovizioso and champion Casey Stoner.

Nicky Hayden showed much improved form for Ducati to take fifth - within 0.480s of Pedrosa's pace as the pack at least closed in on the Hondas compared to Friday. Hayden's team-mate Valentino Rossi also picked up speed in eighth, with Alvaro Bautista (Suzuki) and Colin Edwards (Tech 3 Yamaha) splitting the two Ducatis.

It was another painful session for the factory Yamaha team. Ben Spies exacerbated the discomfort from his Phillip Island injuries when he crashed at Turn 1, leaving him 14th, while Jorge Lorenzo's stand-in Katsuyuki Nakasuga was slowest again in what is now a 17-bike field after John Hopkins was forced to withdraw from Suzuki's line-up.


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