MotoGP press release
Warm up concludes with Stoner on top
Casey Stoner topped the morning warm up in preparation for the Shell Advance Malaysian Grand Prix, with Pedrosa and Aoyama pacing behind the new World Champion.
Stoner (Repsol Honda) led the MotoGP field in the 20 minute warm up with a lap of 2’02.338 ahead of pole starter Dani Pedrosa who paced two tenths behind his team-mate.
Hiroshi Aoyama (San Carlo Honda Gresini), who starts the afternoon’s race from his best ever MotoGP qualifying position in seventh, lapped third behind the Repsol Hondas with second row starter Nicky Hayden (Ducati Team) fourth.
Third row starter Álvaro Bautista (Rizla Suzuki) was fifth while Colin Edwards (Monster Yamaha Tech 3) who starts from fourth in his best qualifying since 2008, lapped sixth fastest ahead of Marco Simoncelli (San Carlo Honda Gresini Team).
Héctor Barberá (Mapfre Aspar) was eighth with Andrea Dovizioso (Repsol Honda) and Loris Capirossi (Pramac Racing) completing the top ten.
Ben Spies (Yamaha Factory Racing) did not participate in the session after withdrawing from the race yesterday afternoon following qualifying.