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Pedrosa sets pace in Malaysia

2011-10-21 11:15

Honda's Dani Pedrosa topped the time sheets in both of Friday's free practice sessions for the Malaysian MotoGP, the penultimate round of the 2011 World championship.

Honda team mate Casey Stoner, who clinched his second premier class title at his home race in Australia the previous weekend, was the only rider within a second of the Spaniard.

Italian Andrea Dovizioso completed a Honda top-three.

OUTRIDING STONER


Pedrosa, fourth on Phillip Island a week earlier and fourth in the championship, was 0.641sec faster than Stoner in the morning session. He increased his advantage to 0.820  in the afternoon with Dovizioso on their coat tails.

Ben Spies, who missed the Australian race thanks to crashing during qualifying rode to ninth for Yamaha while seven-times MotoGP champion Valentino Rossi was a distant 13th.

Rossi, winless since Sepang in 2010, was 2.427sec slower than Pedrosa, encapsulating the Italian's troubled season at Ducati.

Championship standings ahead of the
2012 Malaysian Motorcycle GP


MotoGP
1 Casey Stoner (AUS/Honda) 325
2 Jorge Lorenzo (ESP/Yamaha) 260
3 Andrea Dovizioso (ITA/Honda) 212
4 Dani Pedrosa (ESP/Honda) 208
5 Ben Spies (USA/Yamaha) 156
6 Marco Simoncelli (ITA/Honda) 139
7 Valentino Rossi (ITA/Ducati) 139
8 Nicky Hayden (USA/Ducati) 132
9 Colin Edwards (USA/Yamaha) 109
10 Hiroshi Aoyama (JPN/Honda) 94
11 Hector Barbera (ESP/Ducati) 77
12 Alvaro Bautista (ESP/Suzuki) 67
13 Cal Crutchlow (GBR/Yamaha) 52
14 Karel Abraham (CZE/Ducati) 56
15 Toni Elias (ESP/Honda) 551
16 Randy de Puniet (FRA/Ducati) 49,
17 Loris Capirossi (ITA/Ducati) 36
18 Kousuke Akiyoshi (JPN/Honda)
19 John Hopkins (USA/Suzuki) 6
20 Shinichi Ito (JPN/Honda) 3

Moto2

1 Stefan Bradl (GER/Kalex) 254
2 Marc Marquez (ESP/Suter) 251
3 Andrea Iannone (ITA/Suter) 165
4 Alex DeAngelis (RSM/Motobi) 157
5 Simone Corsi (ITA/FTR) 127
6 Thomas Luthi (SUI/Suter) 126
7 Bradley Smith (GBR/Tech3) 121
8 Yuki Takahashi (JPN/Moriwaki) 77
9 Esteve Rabat (ESP/FTR) 74
10 Aleix Espargaro (ESP/Pons Kalex) 68

125cc

1 Nicolas Terol (ESP/Aprilia) 271
2 Johann Zarco (FRA/Derbi) 246
3 Sandro Cortese (GER/Aprilia) 205
4 Maverick Vinales (ESP/Aprilia) 198
5 Hector Faubel (ESP/Aprilia) 148
6 Efren Vazquez (ESP/Derbi) 142
7 Jonas Folger (GER/Aprilia) 140
8 Luis Salom (ESP/Aprilia) 107
9 Sergio Gadea (ESP/Aprilia) 103
10 Alberto Moncayo (ESP/Aprilia) 77

Reuters