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Pedrosa sets the early pace

Pedrosa sets the early pace

Dani Pedrosa set the fastest time in Friday morning’s FP1 to finish ahead of Lorenzo, Marquez and Rossi.

Repsol Honda’s Dani Pedrosa was quickest out of the blocks in the first on-track session for the MotoGP™ paddock Shell Malaysia Motorcycle Grand Prix to set a 2.00.412. This was less than seven-tenths of Marc Marquez’s 2014 Pole Record (1’59.791) despite the slightly hazy conditions at the Sepang International Circuit (Track temp. 37˚C).

Movistar Yamaha’s Lorenzo (+0.210s) was second as he attempts to close the 11 point gap to his teammate Valentino Rossi in the standings as the championship comes to its climax. The Spaniard scored first blood in what could be the decisive GP by finishing almost three-tenths ahead of his title rival.

The man who won last time out in Australia, Marc Marquez (+0.324s), completed the front row. Rossi (+0.503s), who accused of Marquez of trying to help Lorenzo win the title at the Pre-Event Press Conference, was just over half a second off the pace of Pedrosa in fourth.

EG 0,0 Marc VDS’s Scott Redding (+0.806s) was the leading Satellite rider in fifth, ahead of his compatriot Cal Crutchlow (+0.823s) on the LCR Honda in sixth despite crashing at turn 5. Ducati Team’s Andrea Iannone, who was involved in that incredible scrap for the race win in Phillip Island, was in seventh with Hector Barbera on the Avintia Racing Ducati the leading Open class rider in eighth.

Aleix Espargaro (Team Suzuki Ecstar) and Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati Team) completed the top ten.

Monster Yamaha Tech 3’s Bradley Smith found himself down in 15th, with American Nicky Hayden (Aspar MotoGP Team) in 16th ahead of Jack Miller (LCR Honda) in 18th and Irishman Eugene Laverty (Aspar MotoGP Team) in 22nd.

Check out the full MotoGP™ FP1 results; FP2 starts at 14:05 local time in Sepang.

MotoGP, 2015, SHELL MALAYSIA MOTORCYCLE GRAND PRIX, FP1, Dani Pedrosa, Marc Marquez, Jorge Lorenzo, Repsol Honda Team

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