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Pedrosa continues strong practice form in Malaysia

Pedrosa continues strong practice form in Malaysia

MotoGP™ FP3 was topped by Dani Pedrosa at the Shell Advance Malaysian Motorcycle Grand Prix, followed by Jorge Lorenzo and Marc Marquez in the top three. The session was red flagged shortly before the end due to a crash for Pol Espargaro (Monster Yamaha Tech3).

After going fastest on Friday Pedrosa (Repsol Honda Team) again set the pace, his 2’00.454 lap putting him 0.165s ahead of Lorenzo (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP) and 0.209s in front of Marquez (Repsol Honda Team).

Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati Team) and Stefan Bradl (LCR Honda MotoGP) were also in the top five.

Meanwhile, the top ten was completed by Cal Crutchlow (Ducati Team), Valentino Rossi (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP), Aleix Espargaro (NGM Forward Racing), Bradley Smith (Monster Yamaha Tech3) and Pol Espargaro (Monster Yamaha Tech3).

However, Pol Espargaro suffered a big highside at Turn 1 with less than three minutes left, causing the red flag to come out. Scott Redding (GO&FUN Honda Gresini) had advised Pol of a problem moments before as liquid appeared to be leaking from his Tech 3 Yamaha bike, but it was not certain if the crash was linked to the technical issue.

The accident left the Spanish MotoGP rookie in the medical centre for assessment of a foot injury and hand pain whilst the rest of the field rushed out to try and improve their times after the red flag.

Espargaro had also earlier suffered a lowside in the session as he tested the harder option tyre. Michael Laverty (Paul Bird Motorposrt) fell at the fast Turn 3 as he pushed for a quick lap in the final ten minutes.

Andrea Iannone (Pramac Racing) completed only a handful of laps, his injured left elbow and tricep from his Friday crash reducing the power in his arm and leaving him 15th overall.

For full MotoGP combined times so far from Sepang click here.

Tags:
MotoGP, 2014, SHELL ADVANCE MALAYSIAN MOTORCYCLE GP, FP3, Dani Pedrosa, Repsol Honda Team

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