Spain’s Jorge Lorenzo dominated Friday’s combined free practice on his Yamaha despite hazy weather conditions ahead of this weekend’s Malaysian MotoGP.
The two-time world champion outperformed Italy’s Valentino Rossi by setting a blistering pace at the 5.5-kilometre (3.4-mile) Sepang International Circuit track, and in punishing heat, posting a best lap of two minutes 00.246 seconds.
Deploying extreme lean cornering techniques, the 28-year-old Lorenzo was 0.669sec ahead of team-mate Rossi, the championship leader who hopes to win his 10th career world title in Sunday’s Malaysian GP at Sepang.
Challenging closely were Honda riders -- Spain’s Dani Pedrosa was second quickest, at 0.047sec off the pace — while team-mate and defending world champion Marc Marquez, who won in Sepang last year, was third fastest at 2:00.472.
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