Valentino Rossi tops Malaysian MotoGP practice

Valentino Rossi

Valentino Rossi at Sepang

Valentino Rossi’s quest to assert his authority over team-mate Jorge Lorenzo before he leaves Yamaha at the end of the season continued during practice at Sepang.

Rossi, who has just four races remaining with Yamaha, topped the Friday times in Malaysia, just over a tenth of a second ahead of Andrea Dovizioso on the sole Repsol Honda.

Jorge Lorenzo ended the day third, and needs just a top ten finish from Sunday’s race to wrap up his first MotoGP World Championship crown.

Casey Stoner suffered a front end lose 12 minutes into the session, and could not improve from fourth fastest when he rejoined the circuit in the closing stages.

Alvaro Bautista continued his impressive recent form with fifth on the Suzuki, ahead of Colin Edwards (Tech 3 Yamaha), Marco Melandri (Gresini Honda), Aleix Espagaro (Pramac Ducati), Ben Spies (Tech 3 Yamaha) and Randy de Puniet (LCR Honda).

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