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Pedrosa quickest at start of day three

MotoGP title rivals Dani Pedrosa and Jorge Lorenzo set fastest laps of the week early on the final day of the first Sepang MotoGP test.
After two days of cloudy weather, including rain on Wednesday afternoon, the Malaysian sunshine made an appearance at the start of the final day of the opening 2013 MotoGP test, at Sepang.

The likelihood of high afternoon temperatures means the track could be in its optimum condition for lap times this morning - and both Jorge Lorenzo and Dani Pedrosa have already beaten the previous best lap of the week.

Pedrosa has been quickest on days one and two, but Yamaha's reigning double champion Lorenzo soon dipped a tenth under the Honda rider's 2m 0.549s Wednesday best.

Lorenzo's reign didn't last long however with Pedrosa then hitting the top with a 2m 0.100s, also on his fourth lap. That beats both the official Sepang race lap record (2m 2.108s) and pole record (2m 0.334s).

However lap times in pre-season testing are often faster than the October race weekend. Retired Repsol Honda rider Casey Stoner recording a 1m 59.607s in the first test last year, although a slower 2m 0.473s was enough for the Australian to lead the second test.

As of 11am, the end of the first hour, the top two remained unchanged, with Cal Crutchlow (+0.634s) and Lorenzo's returning team-mate Valentino Rossi (+0.799s) the only riders within one-second of the top.

Pedrosa's rookie team-mate Marc Marquez, a close third on both previous days, is currently fifth (+1.160s), followed by LCR Honda's Stefan Bradl (+1.226s)

The first Sepang test concludes at 6pm. The second test will then be held from February 26-28, followed by a third and final official test at Jerez from March 23-25.

Yamaha are due to announce today if they will join Honda in attending a private test at the new Austin circuit, in Texas, from March 12-14.

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February 07, 2013 3:56 AM

Just can't wipe the smile off my face. All the (so called) experts having to eat humble pie about Rossi burning his bridges at Yamaha. Not only is he back on a Yamaha, but looks like he still may have what it takes after 2 years. And even if he doesn't, I will still enjoy watching the racing, knowing it's not the bike holding him back. And I know all the Stoner fans will say Rossi copped out cause Stoner could win on the Duke. Well Stoner rode the Duke better than Rossi could, end of story. Now it's time for all you Stoner fans to find someone else to follow. It's 2013, Rossi's back, Stoner's goooooooone. And I for one will not miss him, knowing that a rider with enormous (if not equal) potential is filling Stoner's spot. Go Rossi.

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February 07, 2013 3:35 AM

Who gives a sh!t about Caseys last years time. Its this year now and there is no casey. He may have been a great rider, but lets talk about the riders performances for this year. I really hope Pedrosa wins the championship, I love ALL the riders out there, but Pedro REALLY deserves a title for the years of hard work and entertainment he has given us all.

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