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10:09
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Full day 3 Sepang lap times now on Crash.net
10:07
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Bradl, Bautista, Lorenzo, Crutchlow, Smith and P Espargaro completed the top ten.
10:07
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Top Open class star Aleix Espargaro claimed fourth for Forward Yamaha, and was only 0.102s from the top.
10:06
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The pair were the only riders to break the two-minute barrier this week, but Ducati's Andrea Dovizioso was only 0.068s slower in third.
10:06
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Testing is over: Rossi and Pedrosa remain tied at the top with exactly the same lap time.
09:56
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Just a few minutes of testing to go and plenty of bikes on track looking to set a quick lap in the slightly cooler temperatures
09:52
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Dani Pedrosa has just matched Rossi's fastest lap time - exactly!
09:27
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5pm lap times now on Crash.net. Rossi and Dovizioso - first and second - among those to have already finished testing.
08:09
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Colin Edwards gets a push back to the pits for the second time today. The Texan is 14th fastest.
08:05
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4pm at Sepang and its scorching hot! Lorenzo and Edwards are the only riders on track at present. Rossi (who has finished testing) still fastest from Dovizioso and A Espargaro, with those laps set in the cooler morning conditions.
07:04
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3pm and only Lorenzo is on track during the hottest time of the day. Rossi still fastest from Dovizioso, A ESpargaro, Bradl, Pedrosa and Bautista
06:42
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All quiet at Sepang as teams and riders have lunch. It has now been confirmed that fastest rider Valentino Rossi has finished testing.
06:01
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2pm test times from Sepang: Rossi, Dovizioso, A ESpargaro, Bradl, Pedrosa, Bautista, Lorenzo, Crutchlow, P Espargaro, Smith. Rossi's mechanic, Alex Briggs, has tweeted that they have just finished testing.
05:54
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Cal Crutchlow, Dani Pedrosa and Alvaro Bautista have now joined Valentino Rossi in setting the most laps so far today - all on 41 laps.
05:09
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Pedrosa has done the most laps of any rider so far today (41), followed by Rossi (38). Race distance is 20 laps.
05:07
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1pm at Sepang and the top ten is: Rossi, Dovizioso, A Espargaro, Bradl, Pedrosa, Bautista, Lorenzo, Crutchlow, P Espargaro, Smith.
04:51
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Andrea Iannone (Pramac Ducati) has fallen. Remounts and is able to return to pits.
04:41
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Colin Edwards (Forward Yamaha) is being pushed down pit lane. The Texan, who celebrated his 40th birthday yesterday, is currently 14th fastest.
04:02
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A Suzuki runs off at turn one - rejoins the track
04:00
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Midday on the final day of 2014 Sepang MotoGP testing: Rossi, Dovizioso, A Espargaro, Bradl, Pedrosa, Bautista, Lorenzo, Crutchlow, P Espargaro, Smith, de Puniet, Hernandez, Iannone, Edwards, Pirro, Hayden...
03:59
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The end of the second hour and Jorge Lorenzo has improved from 13th to 7th, +0.620s from team-mate Rossi.
03:36
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11:30am and the temperature is rising at Sepang  - it looks like the fast laps are over until this evening. Rossi is still quickest from Dovizioso and A Espargaro with Bradl and Pedrosa completing the top five.
03:06
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End of the first hour: Rossi, Dovizioso, A Espargaro, Bradl, Pedrosa, Bautista, Crutchlow, P Espargaro, Smith, de Puniet.
02:40
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Valentino Rossi has set the first sub 2 minute lap of this week's test - a 1m 59.999s.
02:31
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30 minutes into the final day and the order at the front is: Dovizioso, A Espargaro, Rossi, Bradl, Bautista, Pedrosa, Crutchlow, P Espargaro, Smith, de Puniet.
02:25
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Aleix Espargaro into second place on the timesheets and just 0.034s from Dovizioso
02:18
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That is faster than the best Ducati lap at the first test and is probably the fastest ever Ducati Sepang lap... but was it with the Open software and maybe the softer tyre?
02:17
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Dovizioso fastest with a 2m 0.067s
02:11
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Bradl breaks clear at the top with a lap of 2m 0.412s - the German is now 0.711s ahead of Smith with Rossi in third.
02:09
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Stefan Bradl briefly goes quickest for LCR Honda, then Tech 3 Yamaha's Bradley Smith - 2m 1.123s by the Englishman.
02:08
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16 riders have so far set a lap time.
02:07
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Now Dovizioso is quickest for Ducati - 2m 1.434s.
02:07
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Aleix Espargaro promptly retakes the top spot - 2m 1.496s.
02:06
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Rossi goes fastest with a 2m 2.116s lap.
02:06
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Aleix Espargaro's first Open fast lap is a 2m 2.256s. Lorenzo and Dovizioso are slightly slower.
02:04
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Valentino Rossi is also on track
02:03
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Aleix Espargaro is first to cross the line and start a 'flying lap', followed by Lorenzo and Dovizioso - two riders with plenty to test today.
02:01
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The track is open and the final day of Sepang pre-season testing is underway
01:56
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The other big story for today is that Ducati riders are set to continue comparisons with the Open class software. Dovizioso and Iannone joined Hernandez (the only Ducati rider confirmed as Open class so far) in trying the standard software yesterday.
01:55
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So expect qualifying style time attacks in the first and then final hour, with race simulations and general testing in the heat of the midday.
01:54
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Nevertheless, the track has been steadily improving, while the slightly cooler morning and evening temperatures should be when the best lap times are set.
01:52
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The track has been more slippery this week, while some riders - especially Factory Yamaha team-mates Valentino Rossi and Jorge Lorenzo - have struggled with the 2014 tyres.
01:51
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Dani Pedrosa was fastest yesterday with a 2m 0.038s, still half a second from injured team-mate Marc Marquez's unofficial record at the first test.
01:48
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Good morning from Sepang! It's 9:45am and the final day of the second and final MotoGP test gets underway at 10:00am.
10:02
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Testing is over for today, it's Pedrosa fastest by 0.281s from A Espargaro (Open), Bautista, Rossi, Dovizioso, Bradl, Crutchlow, P Espargaro, Lorenzo and Smith. Full times on Crash.net shortly.
09:59
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Bautista briefly takes second from Aleix Espargaro
09:56
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Pol Espargaro has fallen at the final turn. The MotoGP rookie, currently seventh quickest, is unhurt and being pushing down pit lane.
09:52
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Less than ten minutes to go and riders are heading out for one last run...
09:38
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Into the final half hour of Thursday testing and Dani Pedrosa remains 0.355s clear of Aleix Espargaro
09:04
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Pedrosa continues his strong run by moving to the top with a 2m 0.226s lap. That is 0.355s ahead of Aleix Espargaro, who had been fastest since the first hour of testing.
08:57
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The final hour of Thursday testing is about to begin and Dani Pedrosa has just moved into third place, between Rossi and Dovizioso.
08:05
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4pm and track activity is beginning to increase once again, with the likes of Valentino Rossi and Andrea Dovizioso currently on track, but the lap times at the front are unchanged.
07:04
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3pm Sepang Test top 15: A Espargaro (Open), Rossi, Dovizioso, Bautista, Bradl, Pedrosa, P Espargaro, Lorenzo, Ianonne, Smith, Hernandez (Open), Edwards (Open), Crutchlow, Barbera (Open), Hayden (Open).
06:56
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Sepang is silent as the 3pm mark approaches. The circuit is fastest when the temperature is lower, so expect a push for lap times in the final hour. Testing ends at 6pm.
06:41
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It's the hottest time of the day and only Nicky Hayden is on track at present. Check out our exclusive interview with Hayden on Crash.net...
06:19
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Sepang MotoGP Test top ten (2pm): A Espargaro (Open), Rossi, Dovizioso, Bautista, Bradl, Pedrosa, P Espargaro, Lorenzo, Iannone, Smith.
06:13
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Halfway through day two of Sepang testing and the early lap times by Aleix Espargaro, Valentino Rossi and Andrea Dovizioso are still setting the pace.
05:14
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Cal Crutchlow has just been pushed back to the Ducati pits.
04:59
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It's now 1pm local time and teams are starting to have lunch. Results so far: A Espargaro (Open), Rossi, Dovizioso, Bautista, Bradl, Pedrosa, P Espargaro, Lorenzo, Smith, Hernandez (Open).
04:58
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Bradley Smith has now completed the most Thursday laps (35). The Englishman, who like Tech 3 team-mate Pol Espargaro has a seamless shift gearbox for the first time, is currently ninth quickest.
04:11
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No change at the top with Espargaro leading from Rossi and Dovizioso. Full 12pm times now on Crash.net
03:54
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The temperature has risen during the second hour and the focus has switched away from single fast laps. Rossi has completed 25 laps so far, the most of the day. The MotoGP race distance is 20 laps.
02:59
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End of the opening hour and the top 10 is: A Espargaro (Open), Rossi, Dovizioso, Bautista, Bradl, Lorenzo, Smith, Hernandez (Open), Iannone, Pedrosa.
02:55
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Andrea Dovizioso puts his Ducati into third place, just 0.206s from Espargaro. Dovi was a close 4th fastest on day one.
02:52
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As the first hour nears an end, it's still Aleix Espargaro leading the way from Rossi and Bautista.
02:45
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Open class star Aleix Espargaro goes fastest! The Forward Yamaha rider is 0.024s quicker than Rossi's Factory class YZR-M1.
02:34
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Edwards' former Yamaha team-mate Valentino Rossi improves his lap time to a 2m 0.605s and is now 0.2s clear of nearest rival Bautista.
02:33
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Colin Edwards is celebrating his 40th birthday today. The popular Texan was 14th fastest for Forward Yamaha on day one.
02:31
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Rossi's lap time of 2m 0.795s also beats Bautista's Wednesday's best and is half a second under Rossi's own day one time.
02:30
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Valentino Rossi takes over at the top with a lap time 0.028s quicker than Bautista.
02:23
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Day 1 pace setter Bautista puts his Gresini Honda into second place, between Bradl and Lorenzo
02:22
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Circuit CCTV shows a black bike being pushed away - looks like it could be Dovizioso (Ducati). Not clear if the rider had fallen or simply a technical issue.
02:17
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Stefan Bradl puts his LCR Honda on top of the early timesheets with a 2m 0.902s.
02:10
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14 riders have so far set a lap time, with Lorenzo still leading the way from Smith.
02:07
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Lorenzo lowers his best lap time to a 2m 1.295s.
02:07
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The fastest lap from day one was a 2m 0.848s by Alvaro Bautista (Gresini Honda).
02:06
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Eight riders are now on track, with Lorenzo fastest after a 2m 2.189s on his second lap.
02:05
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Lorenzo, like team-mate Valentino Rossi, was very vocal about problems with adapting the 2014 rear tyres to the Yamaha.
02:03
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Bradley Smith is the first rider to complete a lap time, followed by Jorge Lorenzo.
02:00
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The circuit is officially open...
01:56
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Morning from Sepang. We're just under five minutes away from the start of day two of this week's MotoGP test.
10:02
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It looks like Bautista and Gresini Honda will rule day one, but Aleix Espargaro's pace on the Open Yamaha is again very impressive. His one lap pace suggests he could well be a contender for pole positions this year, with the softer rear tyre.
09:58
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Less than two minutes remaining and Bautista retakes the top spot for Honda, by 0.052s from Aleix Espargaro.
09:53
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Aleix Espargaro is now 0.081 ahead of Bautista, followed by Pol Espargaro, Dovizioso, Rossi and Pedrosa. 5mins to go.
09:53
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Pol Espargaro pops into second place - then older brother Aleix surges back to the head of the timesheets!
09:51
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Plenty of riders on track for the final ten minutes...
09:45
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Andrea Dovizioso has put Ducati second on the timesheets, 0.048s from Bautista, with 14mins to go.
09:39
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Alvaro Bautista returns to the top, by 0.141s over Aleix Espargaro, with 20 minutes to go.
09:30
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Into the final 30 minutes and it's still Aleix Espargaro and his Open class Yamaha fastest from Bautista and Rossi
08:52
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Just over an hour of testing remaining for today and Aleix Espargaro heads out on track again. The Spaniard is still fastest despite only completing 20 laps. Like all Open class riders, Espargaro as a softer specification of rear tyre available relative to the Factory class (plus more race fuel etc). However Open class riders must use the full control ECU system and Espargaro's bike is also without a seamless shift gearbox, as present on the Factory Yamahas.
08:33
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Aleix Espargaro's Wednesday lap time is 1.1s slower than his best at the first Sepang test earlier this month, illustrating the lower grip levels.
08:21
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Open class star Aleix Espargaro has just gone fastest! The Forward Yamaha rider set a 2m 1.122s, which is 0.081s quicker than Bautista.
08:19
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Aleix Espargaro hasn't had many laps today but is now getting into his stride. He's just reached 8th place - and top Open class rider - after 17 laps. Espargaro's Yamaha is 0.8s from Bautista.
07:56
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Lone Repsol Honda rider Dani Pedrosa moves up to third place, +0.239s from Bautista.
07:52
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Just over two hours of testing to go and the track is getting busier once again. Lorenzo, Pedrosa and Edwards among those on track.
07:25
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Dani Pedrosa sets his best lap of the day so far, moving him up to eighth place (+1.468s).
07:02
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3pm lap times at a dusty Sepang: Bautista 2m 1.213s. Rossi, Lorenzo, P Espargaro, Smith, Bradl, Hayden (Open), Dovizioso, Iannone, Edwards (Open).
06:51
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All quiet on track as most riders have lunch. The only significant change is that Nicky Hayden (Aspar Honda) has jumped up to seventh place (+1.358s), making him the top Open class rider.
06:12
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The rider with the least laps so far is Sepang 1 star Aleix Espargaro (8 laps). The rider with the most is Valentino Rossi (39 laps). For comparison, the MotoGP race distance is 20 laps.
05:55
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Approaching 2pm, the halfway point of today's Sepang testing, and Bautista is quickest by 0.136s from Rossi. Lorenzo, P Espargaro, Smith, Bradl, Dovizioso, Iannone, Edwards (Open) and Pedrosa complete the top ten.
05:40
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Only Nicky Hayden and Mike di Meglio on track at the moment with many riders having lunch
05:31
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1:30pm and Alvaro Bautista has put Honda on top by 0.136s from Rossi. Lorenzo is third by 0.8s behind. Aoyama has fallen but was unhurt.
04:38
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Nearing the end of the 3rd hour of testing and its still Valentino Rossi fastest by 0.6s from Bautista. Pol Espargaro has moved ahead of Lorenzo for 3rd place.
04:18
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Rossi improves again and has now pushed his advantage to 0.663s over Bautista
04:18
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Valentino Rossi sets the first sun 2m 2s lap time of the day to go fastest, with Bautista also moving ahead of Lorenzo soon after
03:59
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Sepang 2 top ten as of 12pm: Lorenzo, Bautista, Rossi, Smith, P. Espargaro, Dovizioso, Iannone, Bradl, Edwards (Open), Pedrosa.
03:55
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Bradley Smith takes over fourth place (+0.4s) from Tech 3 team-mate Pol Espargaro.
03:53
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Alvaro Bautista splits the Factory Yamahas with the 2nd fastest lap.
03:49
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As the end of the second hour of testing nears, Jorge Lorenzo moves to the top by 0.309s from team-mate Rossi.
03:43
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Nicky Hayden and Stefan Bradl have now set a lap time, bringing the total to 22 riders.
03:26
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Dani Pedrosa, the only Repsol Honda rider present, is currently 11th after completing 6 laps.
03:22
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Jorge Lorenzo makes it a Yamaha 1-2 by moving into second place behind Rossi.
03:19
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Lap times continue to fall here at Sepang with Valentino Rossi back on top on his 16th lap. Rossi is now 0.197s clear of P Espargaro
03:10
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Meanwhile Tech 3 Yamaha's MotoGP rookie Pol Espargaro is now quickest by 0.135s from Rossi.
03:09
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Are Ducati testing with Factory or Open software? "We are testing the exact same spec bike as at Sepang 1"
03:00
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Colin Edwards has tweeted that recent car testing at the  Sepang Circuit has made it very slippery. He used a more colourful description!
02:58
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Approaching the end of the first hour of the second Sepang #MotoGP test and its Valentino Rossi quickest with a 2m 2.728s. Bautista is now just +0.084s and Dovizioso +0.169s. A half second gap follows to P Espargaro with Lorenzo completing the early top six.
02:47
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Gresini Honda's Alvaro Bautista bumps Dovizioso out of third place, with Rossi's team-mate Jorge Lorenzo now in 4th.
02:46
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Factory Ducati rider Andrea Dovizioso posts the second fastest lap time, 0.583s behind Rossi's Yamaha. Ducati are still to officially announce if their official team will race in the Factory or Open class.
02:43
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19 riders have now recorded a lap time at #Sepang2
02:40
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Rossi has now done 10 laps and raised his pace to 2m 2.728s. Nearest rider Iannone is now 0.9s behind with A Espargaro in third.
02:36
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Rossi improves again and increases his advantage to 0.8s, now over Ducati's Andrea Iannone
02:34
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Valentino Rossi returns to the top by 0.1s over A Espargaro
02:29
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30mins in and 13 riders have so far recorded a lap time. A Espargaro still leads by 0.044s from Rossi.
02:24
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Open star Aleix Espargaro, who caused the biggest upset at Sepang 1 by setting the 4th best lap time on his new Open class Yamaha, is now top of the timesheets with a 2m 4.0s.
02:21
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The fastest lap at Sepang 1 was 1m 59.5s by Marquez, but there has been a lot of dust blown around due to the lack of rain so it'll take time to get near that pace.
02:19
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After 15mins, Valentino Rossi is leading the timesheets with a 2m 4.108s, followed by P. Espargaro, A Espargaro, Nakasuga, de Puniet, Aoyama, Redding, Abraham
02:13
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Plenty of TV screens being tuned in the Media Centre at the moment, but so far it's still a timing blackout.
02:10
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Meanwhile more bikes are continuing to join the track - including Valentino Rossi - however official timing is not yet working in the media centre.
02:09
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Toseland has just had another operation on the right wrist injury that caused him to stop racing. "The wrist has been partially fused. It's early days and I've got to see how it goes pain wise as I'd like to keep some wrist movement. The Doctors say the normal day-to-day pain should be reduced by 80% and if so I can live with that, without needing a full wrist fuse."
02:05
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Among those watching the action from the media centre is James Toseland. The double WSBK champion and former Tech 3 MotoGP rider is part of BT Sport's new MotoGP TV coverage for 2014.
02:04
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The track opens and a few bikes are making their way out on track.
01:50
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10mins until the start of testing and machines are being warmed up in pit lane.
01:41
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Closest to Honda star Marquez at Sepang 1 were Yamaha team-mates Valentino Rossi and Jorge Lorenzo, with Aleix Espargaro a shock fourth on the Open class Yamaha.
01:39
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World champion Marc Marquez set a record-breaking pace to lead all 3 days of the first test, but is absent this week after suffering a broken leg while training on a dirt bike.
01:38
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Morning from Sepang for the start of the second #MotoGP test! It's 9:40am local time and (you guessed it) hot, dry and bright! Testing starts at 10:00am.

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