Pedrosa on top again in final practice


Dani Pedrosa beat Jorge Lorenzo again in final practice for MotoGP's Malaysian Grand Prix.

Honda rider Pedrosa had also been quickest in Friday's sole dry session, and came to Malaysia with momentum on his side after wins in the preceding races at Aragon and Motegi.

Lorenzo had led the first half of practice three with a lap of 2m01.344s on his Yamaha, before Pedrosa set a 2m01.186s 25 minutes from the end. He would set several more low-2m01s times before the session finished.

Casey Stoner was third on the second Honda, nearly 0.7s off the pace.

Tech 3 Yamaha duo Andrea Dovizioso and Cal Crutchlow completed the top five.

Ben Spies recovered from a trip over the grass and gravel after a viscious twitch under braking for the final corner to take sixth.

Both Ducati riders fell, with near-identical incidents for Nicky Hayden and Valentino Rossi at Turn 1. The Italian's low-side happened near the start of practice, while Hayden waited until the final minutes before replicating it.

Hayden ended up eighth, Rossi 10th.

Avintia CRT rider Yonny Hernandez did not run in the session and is in doubt for the rest of the weekend amid continued pain from the collarbone he dislocated in a Japanese Grand Prix crash.

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