Honda sweeps top five in Sepang practice

Dani Pedrosa laps the Sepang track

Dani Pedrosa laps the Sepang track

Dani Pedrosa has led a Honda domination of the opening day of practice for the Malaysian Grand Prix.

With Yamaha’s 2010 World Champion Jorge Lorenzo sidelined by a hand injury sustained at Phillip Island last weekend, Honda riders swept the top five positions in practice at Sepang.

Pedrosa’s best effort of 2:01.25s was a full 0.82s faster than the newly crowned World Champion Casey Stoner, while Andrea Dovizioso was a further 0.59s adrift in third.

Gresini duo Marco Simoncelli and Hiroshi Aoyama rounded out the top five, while Colin Edwards was best of the rest on his Tech 3 Yamaha in sixth.

Lorenzo’s replacement, Yamaha test rider Katsuyuki Nakasuga, completed the 18 bike field, 1.39s down on the next slowest rider.

See below for the Practice 2 result

Pos.

Rider

Team

Bike

Time

1 Dani PEDROSA Repsol Honda Team Honda 2’01.250
2 Casey STONER Repsol Honda Team Honda 2’02.070
3 Andrea DOVIZIOSO Repsol Honda Team Honda 2’02.664
4 Marco SIMONCELLI San Carlo Honda Gresini Honda 2’02.823
5 Hiroshi AOYAMA San Carlo Honda Gresini Honda 2’02.951
6 Colin EDWARDS Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 2’02.991
7 Alvaro BAUTISTA Rizla Suzuki MotoGP Suzuki 2’03.123
8 Randy DE PUNIET Pramac Racing Team Ducati 2’03.159
9 Ben SPIES Yamaha Factory Racing Yamaha 2’03.312
10 Karel ABRAHAM Cardion AB Motoracing Ducati 2’03.318
11 Nicky HAYDEN Ducati Team Ducati 2’03.445
12 Loris CAPIROSSI Pramac Racing Team Ducati 2’03.595
13 Valentino ROSSI Ducati Team Ducati 2’03.677
14 John HOPKINS Rizla Suzuki MotoGP Suzuki 2’03.885
15 Cal CRUTCHLOW Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 2’03.901
16 Toni ELIAS LCR Honda MotoGP Honda 2’04.071
17 Hector BARBERA Mapfre Aspar Team MotoGP Ducati 2’04.603
18 Katsuyuki NAKASUGA Yamaha Factory Racing Yamaha 2’05.996

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