Casey Stoner opens Sepang weekend in second place

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The winner of the last two races in the MotoGP World Championship, Dani Pedrosa, started in the first free practice session for the Malaysian Grand Prix as he ended the Japanese round: First. The Repsol rider was the fastest man of the day, trailed by a formidable Casey Stoner one week after the latter’s return to competition from an ankle injury. Stoner finished second, just 0.152 off his teammate.

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The first runs at Sepang saw Pedrosa again in top form, undertaking 16 laps and taking a 2’01.621 time from his tenth. Casey Stoner put in one less lap, and on his fourteenth clocked a time just 0.152 slower. The duo, plus Jorge Lorenzo, were the only three riders able to go round in under 2’02.

A downpour at the end of the second Moto3 session left the second outing wet for the premier class. With big puddles and dry patches, Pedrosa, Stoner and the majority of the MotoGP riders decided to stay in the garage and wait for tomorrow to ride.

Casey Stoner
“I definitely feel more comfortable here than I did in Japan, I’m not sure if this is time on the bike or the fact that this track isn’t quite so demanding on my right leg. The circuit goes to the right a lot, but there aren’t so many slow corners that I need to pick the bike up from and I’m getting a better feeling here so the lap times came easier. We still have quite a bit of work to do and I don’t think we are anywhere near the pace that we need to be but the first session went very well and hopefully we can continue in this way for the remainder of the weekend.”

Source: Repsol Media