Sepang MotoGP: Lorenzo edges out Pedrosa to top FP2

Jorge Lorenzo narrowly eclipsed Dani Pedrosa to top the timesheets in Friday's second practice session at Sepang, as points leader Valentino Rossi struggled to eighth.

Lorenzo's best time came at the tail-end of a session dominated by Pedrosa, who became the first rider to dip beneath the 2m01s mark early on when he ousted Honda teammate Marc Marquez from the top spot with a 2m00.835s.

It wasn't until the last five minutes of the 45-minute session that Pedrosa's benchmark would be threatened, as Yamaha rider Lorenzo recorded the fastest lap of the weekend yet, a 2m00.246s, to snatch the top spot.

Pedrosa quickly responded, shaving half a second off his personal best to set a 2m00.369s, and had hooked up three outright best sectors on his next tour - only to lose time in the last sector and fall short of Lorenzo by 0.047s.

Marquez wound up third on a 2m00.472s, ahead of Ducati's Andrea Iannone, who suffered an early crash at Turn 8 before returning to the circuit on his number two bike to set the second best time, fading to fourth as the session wore on.

A late improvement by the Castrol-liveried LCR Honda of Cal Crutchlow saw the Brit slot into fifth, ahead of Aleix Espargaro on the best of the Suzukis and Andrea Dovizioso on the second Ducati.

Points leader Valentino Rossi suffered a dismal session, his best time of 2m01.305s coming on hard front and rear tyres midway through the session.

The Italian failed to improve when switching to the favoured medium tyres, losing time with a last-minute bike change, and languished over a second behind Lorenzo at the end of the session.

Danilo Petrucci (Pramac Ducati) and Scott Redding (Marc VDS Honda) completed the top 10.

Practice results:

PosRiderTeamBikeTimeGap
1 Jorge Lorenzo  Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha YZR-M1 2:00.246 2:00.246
2 Dani Pedrosa  Repsol Honda Team Honda RC213V 2:00.293 +0.047
3 Marc Marquez  Repsol Honda Team Honda RC213V 2:00.472 +0.226
4 Andrea Iannone  Ducati Team Ducati Desmosedici GP15 2:00.486 +0.240
5 Cal Crutchlow  LCR Honda Honda RC213V 2:01.039 +0.793
6 Aleix Espargaro  Team Suzuki ECSTAR Suzuki GSX-RR 2:01.058 +0.812
7 Andrea Dovizioso  Ducati Team Ducati Desmosedici GP15 2:01.127 +0.881
8 Valentino Rossi  Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha YZR-M1 2:01.305 +1.059
9 Danilo Petrucci  Pramac Racing Ducati Desmosedici GP14 2:01.598 +1.352
10 Scott Redding  Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS Honda RC213V 2:01.607 +1.361
11 Maverick Viñales  Team Suzuki ECSTAR Suzuki GSX-RR 2:01.796 +1.550
12 Hector Barbera  Avintia Racing Ducati Desmosedici GP14 2:01.796 +1.550
13 Pol Espargaro  Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha YZR-M1 2:01.850 +1.604
14 Bradley Smith  Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha YZR-M1 2:02.101 +1.855
15 Stefan Bradl  Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia RS-GP 2:02.118 +1.872
16 Eugene Laverty  Aspar MotoGP Team Honda RC213V-RS 2:02.426 +2.180
17 Nicky Hayden  Aspar MotoGP Team Honda RC213V-RS 2:02.427 +2.181
18 Yonny Hernandez  Pramac Racing Ducati Desmosedici GP14 2:02.554 +2.308
19 Alvaro Bautista  Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia RS-GP 2:02.626 +2.380
20 Mike di Meglio  Avintia Racing Ducati Desmosedici GP14 2:03.480 +3.234
21 Jack Miller  LCR Honda Honda RC213V-RS 2:03.485 +3.239
22 Toni Elias  Forward Racing Yamaha Forward 2:03.710 +3.464
23 Loris Baz  Forward Racing Yamaha Forward 2:03.731 +3.485
24 Anthony West  AB Motoracing Honda RC213V-RS 2:04.892 +4.646
25  Damian Cudlin  E-Motion IodaRacing Team ART 2:06.962 +6.716

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Series MotoGP
Event Malaysian GP
Track Sepang International Circuit
Drivers Valentino Rossi , Jorge Lorenzo , Dani Pedrosa , Marc Marquez , Andrea Iannone
Article type Practice report