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10:03
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Full end of day times to follow shortly on Crash.net
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Correction: Marquez 1m 59.533, Rossi +0.194s, Lorenzo +0.333s, A Espargaro (Open) +0.465s, Bradl +0.579s...
10:00
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Red lights are on and the first Sepang MotoGP test of 2014 is officially over.
09:59
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But the  most important thing is that the rider walked away unharmed. We hear it was Iannone, but nothing confirmed.
09:57
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The rear of the bike is heavily damaged and marshals are having to drag what remains out of the gravel
09:56
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Circuit CCTV is showing a rider walking away from what looks like a sizeable fall in the final minutes. Could be a Pramac Ducati...
09:51
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The likes of Iannone, Bautista, Crutchlow, Pedrosa, Hernandez, Edwards, Redding and Smith are still lapping with just under ten minutes to go
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Jorge Lorenzo is on track for the final ten minutes...
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Colin Edwards has stopped and is being pushed down pit lane
09:06
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The final hour of the first 2014 Sepang MotoGP test is now underway...
08:53
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Approaching the start of the final hour and the circuit is getting busier, with the likes of Rossi, Lorenzo, A Espargaro and Hernandez on track
08:11
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4pm and still quiet on track. Andrea Dovizioso has finished testing. Dovi is currently 7th and 0.8s from Marquez. His lap time is one of Ductai's best ever at Sepang.
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It's edging towards 4pm here at Sepang, which is the start time for the MotoGP race in October. No changes at the top and only Yamaha test rider Nakasuga on track
06:11
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Full 2pm lap times, the midway mark of the final day, are now on Crash.net
05:36
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Most riders are now starting their lunch break
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Dani Pedrosa is the only mover towards the sharp end of the timesheets, taking over sixth place.
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As of 12pm it's Marquez from Rossi, Lorenzo, A Espargaro (Open), Bradl, Dovizioso, Pedrosa, P Espargaro, Iannone, Bautista, Smith, Crutchlow, Pirro, Hayden...
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Marquez is setting a lot of laps under 2m 1s... he has done 29 laps already so far today. Race distance is 20 laps.
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The longer runs will be especially important to check fuel economy for the Factory class, which has lost one litre of race fuel relative to 2013.
03:43
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It looks like the fast laps are over for now, with attention likely to switch to longer race-simulation runs.
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Leading times after the first hour: Marquez 1m 59.533s, +0.194s Rossi, +0.333 Lorenzo, +0.465s A Espargaro (Open), +0.579s Bradl, +0.837s Dovizioso, +1.122s P Espargaro...
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Andrea Dovizioso is up to sixth for Ducati, 0.837s from Marquez
02:49
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The track action has settled down a bit now. Full times at the end of the hour.
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Stefan Bradl has fallen at turn one (where he broke his ankle in October). Gets back on bike and bumps starts it alone!
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Now Cal Crutchlow has also run through the gravel. Rejoins without problem
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Dani Pedrosa has run off track. Rejoins without problem. Pedrosa is only 11th fastest at present
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Phew! So let's recap: Marquez 1m 59.553s, Rossi 1m 59,727s, Lorenzo 1m 59.866s, A Espargaro 1m 59.998s, Bradl 2m 0.367s.
02:29
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Marquez has broken Stoner's lap time - he is top with a 1m 59.5s!
02:28
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Valentino Rossi fastest with a 1m 59.727s! That is his fastest ever Sepang lap and just a tenth from Stoner's record
02:26
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Espargaro's time of 1m 59.998s is only 0.132s from Lorenzo. Stunning effort from the Forward rider.
02:25
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Aleix Espargaro has broken the 2 minute barrier to split the Factory Yamaha riders!
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Boom! Aleix Espargaro puts his Open class Yamaha into second place!
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Lorenzo is now back on track
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Lorenzo only did a 4 lap run before pitting. Rossi and Marquez are up to 7 laps.
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Valentino Rossi makes it a Yamaha 1-2 by moving up to second place, 0.384s from Lorenzo
02:12
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It's busy on track - 18 riders have now completed a lap.
02:11
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Marquez improves his time and is now +0.8s from Lorenzo, but remains third. Smith up to fourth.
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Order: Lorenzo 1m 59.866s, +0.501s Bradl, +1.115s Marquez, +1.436s Rossi, +1.463s Smith, +1.934s P Espargaro
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Lots of changes: Stefan Bradl now 2nd with 2m 1.0s, followed by Marquez, Rossi, Dovizioso, P Espargaro
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Lorenzo's third lap is slightly slower, but also under 2 minutes
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Pol Espargaro into second place with a 2m 1.9s.
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All are still on track so there could be more to come
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So it Lorenzo pushing hardest - that is the best lap of the week so far
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Rossi 2m 2.7s, Marquez 2m 3.0s
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Lorenzo 1m 59.8!
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Stoner's unofficial record came on his second lap of the day - let's see what Lorenzo, Rossi and Marquez do on lap 2...
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Could Marquez be pushing to beat Stoner's time? Yesterday, he said it would need to be done at 10am...
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Lorenzo, Rossi and Marquez are the first riders to complete a lap
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Green lights are on, some riders are leaving pit lane
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Marquez's day two best was a 1m 59.926s. The unofficial best we've seen at Sepang is a 1m 59.607s from testing in 2012.
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World champion Marc Marquez has been fastest for the first two days, joining a rare group of riders to have lapped Sepang in under 2 minutes on Wednesday.
01:50
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The track opens in ten minutes, with the cooler morning temperatures likely to produce some of the fastest laps of the day - if not the test
01:49
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Welcome back to Sepang for the third and final day of this week's opening 2014 MotoGP test
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One hour to go of day two testing at Sepang - Marquez remains 0.4s ahead of team-mate Pedrosa. Bradl, Rossi, A Espargaro (Open) and Lorenzo complete top six.
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Still Marquez up front with a 1m 59.9s. Pedrosa, Bradl, Rossi, A Espargaro (Open) and Lorenzo complete top six.
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So far Suzuki test rider Randy de Puniet has done the most laps, with 54 so far today. That's already 2.5 times more than the MotoGP race distance!
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The heat is also at a peak at the moment, but more fast laps should be possible once the temperature starts to drop later in the afternoon.
06:59
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3pm at the Sepang MotoGP test and the track remains deserted while teams and riders have lunch. Testing ends at 6pm.
06:42
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Lot of riders are having lunch now - no activity on track
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Order as of 2pm, halfway through day two at Sepang MotoGP Test: Marquez 1m 59.926s, +0.410s Pedrosa, Bradl, Rossi, A Espargaro, Smith, Lorenzo, Iannone, P Espargaro, Bautista...
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Marquez's 1m 59.926s puts him 0.4s ahead of Pedrosa, with Bradl third and Rossi fourth.
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Marc Marquez breaks the 2 minute mark to go fastest ahead of Honda team-mate Pedrosa
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Lap times are very close at the front with Pedrosa to 7th place Lorenzo covered by 0.279s
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Dani Pedrosa is still leading the way by 0.003s over Stefan Bradl, with Rossi +0.125s in third and Marquez +0.159s in fourth.
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And as soon as we write that, Valentino Rossi jumps up to 3rd place
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12pm here at Sepang and the order is: Pedrosa, Bradl, Marquez, A Espargaro, Smith, Lorenzo, Iannone, P Espargaro, Bautista, Dovizioso, Crutchlow, Rossi...
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Aleix Espargaro is up to 3rd on the Open class Yamaha, just 0.211s behind Pedrosa!
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Dani Pedrosa goes fastest by just 0.003s from Bradl
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Alvaro Bautista (9th) has pulled off track with some kind of technical issue and is taking a short cut back to the pits
03:24
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Bradl is now top by 0.281s and less than 0.1s from Marquez's day one best. Marquez is now up to 7th place with 7 laps.
03:23
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Stefan Bradl (LCR Honda) topples Jorge Lorenzo from the head of the timesheets on his 13th lap
03:07
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Full 11am Sepang #MotoGP lap times are now on Crash.net
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End of the first hour and its Lorenzo fastest by 0.235s from Iannone, followed by Bradl, P Espargaro, A Espargaro, Bautista, Pedrosa, Dovizioso, Smith, Crutchlow, Rossi, Pirro, Akiyohsi, Edwards, Hayden...
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Pedrosa is 8th, while Marquez has not yet recorded a flying lap
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Meanwhile Marc Marquez and Dani Pedrosa have just recorded their first laps of the day, meaning all 26 riders have now been on track
02:55
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Iannone had been the fastest Ducati rider on day one, but has now improved by 0.683s
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Andrea Iannone on the Factory class Pramac Ducati is now up to 2nd place, just 0.2s behind Lorenzo
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Shake up towards the front with Stefan Bradl now second to Lorenzo, Pol Espargaro 3rd, Andrea Dovizioso 4th, Andrea Iannone 5th and Aleix Espargaro 6th on the Open Yamaha. Crutchlow is now 6th.
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Crutchlow is still on a charge, now up to 3rd place, 0.759s from Lorenzo.
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Crutchlow then improves slightly more on his 4th lap. He's now in 4th place, 0.9s from Lorenzo.
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Impressive start by new Ducati signing Cal Crutchlow - the Brit has slashed almost 1 sec off his best time of day one after just 3 laps!
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Jorge Lorenzo has now lowered his best lap time to a 2m 0.879s,  but with Pol Espargaro just 0.182s behind after his best lap of the test so far
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And now Jorge Lorenzo goes top with a 2m 1.0s. Lorenzo wasn't happy with the handling of his M1 yesterday, due to the changes needed in response to the 1 litre fuel reduction.
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Pol Espargaro is top with a 2m 1.4s, just 0.2s behind his best time on day one.
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Karel Abraham (Cardion), Bradley Smith (Tech 3) and then Jorge Lorenzo (Yamaha) make it 7 riders on track
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Suzuki's Randy de Puniet is also out on track. de Puniet and Dani Pedrosa completed the most laps on Tuesday, with 75 each. The MotoGP race distance is 20 laps.
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Honda test rider Akiyohsi completes the first lap of the day, followed by Pol Espargaro (Tech 3) and Dovizioso (Ducati).
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The green lights are on... but no-one is yet on track
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The fastest (unofficial) lap we've ever seen here is a 1m 59.607s by Casey Stoner in 2012, which was set on only his second lap of the day.
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Few would be surprised if lap times drop below 2 minutes today or tomorrow. The track is fastest when it is cooler, so expect the best times to be set near the start and end of each day.
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Yesterday saw Marc Marquez fastest with a 2m 0.286s lap. Anything below 2 minutes is very rare at Sepang - and has only happened in testing not a race weekend.
01:31
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Morning from day two of the Sepang MotoGP test! It's 9:30am local time and engines are being warmed up before the track opens in half an hour.
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Final positions on day 1 of Sepang #MotoGP Test: Marquez 2m 0.286s, +0.518 Rossi, +0.620 Pedrosa, +0.796s Lorenzo, +0.954s Bautista, +1.034s Bradl, +1.133s A Espargaro (Open), +1.252s Iannone, +1.348s P Espargaro, +1.590s Smith...
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Valentino Rossi moves into second place, 0.518s from Marquez, in the final minutes
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As the Sepang track temperature drops, lap times get faster, so there could be more position changes in the final 20 minutes.
09:35
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Into the final 30 minutes of day one at Sepang and Marc Marquez has pushed 0.796s clear Lorenzo
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Meanwhile we've just spoken with PBM's Michael Laverty. He's had a nightmare start with brake problems and then an engine failure meaning he is yet to post a flying lap. PBM are changing his engine and hope to get Laverty out for a few laps at the end of today.
09:07
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One hour of Tuesday MotoGP testing to go and Marquez is still in control, 0.3s ahead of Lorenzo and Rossi
08:10
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Andrea Dovizioso has just set his best lap of the day to move ahead of Iannone as the top Ducati in 10th.
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4pm lap times - 2 hours testing to go: Marquez 2m 0.767s, +0.315s Lorenzo, Rossi, Bradl, Bautista, Pedrosa, A Espargaro, Smith, P Espargaro, Iannone, Dovizioso, Crutchlow, Hernandez, Pirro, Nakasuga, Edwards, Aoyama, Hayden...
07:46
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Track activity is starting to increase: Dani Pedrosa, Yonny Hernandez, Andrea Dovizioso and Stefan Bradl are on track at the moment.
07:27
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According to Yamaha, the Sepang track temperature is now 57ºC and air temperature 35ºC. #Melting
07:20
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Dani Pedrosa is back on track and now up to 6th on the timesheets, ahead of Open class star A. Espargaro.
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3pm at Sepang. Only Pirro and di Meglio on track. Leading lap times: Marquez, Lorenzo, Rossi, Bradl, Bautista, A. Espargaro (Open), Pedrosa, Smith, P. Espargaro, Iannone, Dovizioso, Crutchlow.
06:38
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All quiet on track here at Sepang, with most teams and riders having lunch. Plenty of test time remaining with the track open until 6pm.
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Full 2pm Sepang MotoGP lap times now on Crash.net
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It's 2pm, halfway through day one of Sepang #MotoGP testing. Top 12: Marquez, Lorenzo, Rossi, Bradl, A Espargaro, Pedrosa, Smith, P Espargaro, Bautista, Iannone, Dovizioso, Crutchlow.
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Alvaro Bautista is now the only rider on track. The Spaniard is 9th fastest, +1.469s for Honda Gresini
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It's an unofficial lunch time for many at Sepang, but Jorge Lorenzo is on track and now up to 2nd place, +0.315s from Marquez.
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Michael Laverty has now completed 6 laps, leaving Colin Edwards as the only rider yet to set a flying lap. Edwards hopes to be out after lunch, once a small technical issue is fixed.
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Marc Marquez goes top by 0.354s from Rossi on his 30th lap, Stefan Bradl now up to 3rd, with A. Espargaro in 4th.
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1pm approaching and Valentino Rossi is still fastest, followed by Marquez (+0.254s), Pedrosa, Lorenzo, P. Espargaro, A. Espargaro, Bradl, Smith, Iannone and Dovizioso.
04:26
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Circuit cameras show Cal Crutchlow stopped out on track. Crutchlow tries to get a bump start from a marshal but is forced to leave bike.
04:20
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Colin Edwards, yet to complete a flying lap, just confirmed on Twitter that he has a "very small, tiny, itty bitty technical issue" but will be "out after lunch".
04:14
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MotoGP rookie Pol Espargaro (Tech 3 Yamaha) is now 5th and ahead of brother Aleix
04:13
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Valentino Rossi leads Sepang #MotoGP test after two hours. Full times now on Crash.net
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Rossi has a new crew chief, Silvano Galbusera, for the 2014 MotoGP season
03:58
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Valentino Rossi puts Yamaha back on top with a 2m 1.179s lap. That is 0.357s ahead of Marquez.
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Nearing the end of the second hour and the order is: Marquez, +0.121s Pedrosa, +0.220s Lorenzo, +0.235s Rossi, +0.534s A. Espargaro, +0.823s Bradl.
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Espargaro's Open machine must run the full control ECU system, but can use four litres more race fuel. Ducati are said to be considering switching all of their bikes to Open...
03:51
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Aleix Espargaro underlines the potential of the Open class Yamaha by moving up to 5th, just 0.534s from Marquez!
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New factory Ducati rider Cal Crutchlow is 12th but just a few tenths from Iannone and Dovizioso. The Englishman, riding in black testing livery, has recorded 17 laps.
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Laverty and Edwards are yet to record a quick time. Edwards has done 3 shakedown laps suggesting technical niggles.
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PBM's Michael Laverty is last of the expected riders on track. Laverty has just completed a shakedown lap.
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So far Andrea Iannone is the top Ducati rider, in 8th. Iannone is 1.161s behind Marquez but a fraction ahead of factory Ducati rider Andrea Dovizioso.
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Aleix Espargaro is up to 6th on the Open class FTR-Yamaha. Within 1sec of Marquez.
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Jorge Lorenzo moves ahead of team-mate Rossi and into third behind the Repsol Hondas. Lorenzo is only 0.220s from Marquez.
03:11
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Forward Yamaha's Colin Edwards and PBM's Michael Laverty are the only riders yet to set a flying lap.
03:09
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Both Rossi and team-mate Lorenzo  have improved their lap times. Rossi is still 3rd but +0.393s from Marquez. Lorenzo has moved up to 4th (+0.742s)
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Full Sepang MotoGP lap times as of 11am can be found on Crash.net
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Top six at end of first hour: Marquez, +0.121 Pedrosa, +0.405s Rossi, +0.879s Bradl, +1.117s Smith, +1.208s Dovizioso
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And now Marquez goes quickest on his 10th lap of the day. The world champion is 0.121s ahead of team-mate Pedrosa
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So we're nearing the end of the first hour and the top 10 is: Pedrosa, Rossi, Bradl, Marquez, Smith, Iannone, Lorenzo, Nakasuga and Crutchlow.
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Pedrosa goes back ahead on his 10th lap, the Repsol Honda rider is 0.184s ahead of Rossi
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Rossi's lap time is a 2m 1.914s, on his 8th lap, is only half a second behind his best race lap in the Malaysian MotoGP race
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Valentino Rossi moves to the top of the timesheets, by 0.286s over Pedrosa
02:36
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Pramac Ducati's Andrea Iannone has just moved into third, ahead of Rossi and Lorenzo
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Pedrosa's best lap, his 5th of 6th, is a 2m 2.227s. The race lap record is a 2m 1.415s by Marquez in October's GP.
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At the top of the timesheets, Marquez is now second to Repsol Honda team-mate Pedrosa by 0.491s
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So that's 19 riders to have been on track, although Crutchlow is yet to record a flying lap.
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Yamaha's Jorge Lorenzo, who battled Marquez to the final round of last year, goes 7th on his second lap of the day.
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30mins of testing gone and the top six is: Pedrosa, +1.0s Rossi, +1.7s Nakasuga, +1.7s Pirro, +1.8s Marquez, +1.9s Pol Espargaro.
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World champion Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda) is also on track, that's 16 riders to have now set a lap time
02:27
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New Ducati Team rider Cal Crutchlow has just recorded his first Desmosedici lap of Sepang
02:21
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Repsol Honda's Dani Pedrosa, who dominated last year's Sepang tests, joins Rossi as the other factory rider on track
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Rookie Scott Redding completes his first Sepang MotoGP lap for Honda Gresini. 13 riders have now set a lap time.
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And Rossi goes fastest on his second lap.
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Valentino Rossi is the first Factory rider on track...
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Yamaha test rider Katsuyuki Nakasuga makes it five riders to have lapped the circuit
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Meanwhile Bradley Smith (Tech 3) and Karel Abraham (Cardion AB) have now joined Akiyoshi and de Puniet in setting a lap time
02:09
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Valentino Rossi, Jorge Lorenzo and the Yamaha team have all assembled outside their garage for a team photo.
02:04
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With Suzuki's Randy de Puniet next over the line, but most riders are still in the pits
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The first official test lap of 2014 is completed by Honda test rider Kousuke Akiyoshi
02:00
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The green lights are on!
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The fine weather could mean that riders are in no rush to take to the track, but we'll find out soon.
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As for the weather - guess what, it's hot! The usual afternoon rain storms have been absent for the last few weeks, let's hope the test remains dry.
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Forward Yamaha's Aleix Espargaro was quickest of the Open class riders at last November's Valencia test, +1.3s behind Marc Marquex at Valencia.
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This week's test will be only the second time that the new Open class bikes have been on track alongside the Factory entries.
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The MotoGP engines are currently being warmed up in pit lane. All 2014 teams and riders except Ioda are present for the 3 days, as well as Suzuki.
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Hello and welcome to Sepang for the first MotoGP test of 2014! Track action starts in half an hour, at 10:00am local time

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