SEPANG – Repsol Honda Team rider, Dani Pedrosa topped the time sheets on the opening day of the 2014 Malaysia Motorcycle Grand Prix at the Sepang Circuit, here today.
The 29-year-old Spaniard set the fastest time of two minutes 1.379 seconds during the first free practice session, which was done on a dry track.
Heavy rain saw the second practice session slightly delayed, forcing riders to change into their wet tyres and slowing down their timings.
In the wet afternoon outing second practice session, Movistar Yamaha MotoGP rider, Jorge Lorenzo set the fastest time with 2:14.503s.
Lorenzo led the way from the 2014 MotoGP World Champion, Marc Marquez, with Pedrosa, Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati Team) and Aleix Espargaro (NGM Forward Racing) also in the second free practice top five.
Marquez, who is seeking for the 12th victory of this season, the second fastest in the afternoon session with 2:14.745s, was fourth in the early session with 2:01.670s.
But, the first free practice session times set in the dry were what counted on the combined timesheets which contributed to the provisional qualifying two automatic participation spots.
Meanwhile, championship leader in Moto2, Esteve Rabat of Marc VDS Racing Team set the fastest time of 2:07.729s to lead the way with AirAsia Caterham Moto Racing Johann Zarco, second overall courtesy of his best time in the first free practice session.
Zarco set 2:08.048s in the first session, but was eighth after he recorded 2:08.752s in the afternoon session, which was held on a wet drying track.
Maverick Vinales of Paginas Amarillas HP 40) was third in combined times.
The 18-year-old Italian rider, Niccolo Antonelli of Junior Team GO & FUN set the fastest time in the Moto3 category with 2:13.583s in the afternoon session. – BERNAMA