If Sepang was the venue of his career's nadir four years ago, Maverick Vi?ales appears hell-bent on producing another highlight in the searing, tropical heat, as he led the MotoGP field in morning warm-up.

Held on a drying track with damp patches evident, Vi?ales lead Andrea Iannone by 0.207s, after a fast, consistent ten-lap run.

With Andrea Dovizioso starting from pole position, the omens look good for the Bologna factory. Dovizioso was fourth fastest, just behind Marc Marquez, with Danilo Petrucci a promising seventh.

Reigning world champion Jorge Lorenzo was fourth overall with the injured Cal Crutchlow - riding with a broken bone in his left hand - a strong sixth, 0.6s off Vi?ales' fastest time.

Tech 3 Yamaha team-mates Pol Espargaro (eighth) and Bradley Smith (ninth) were just ahead of Aprilia duo Stefan Bradl (tenth) and Alvaro Bautista (eleventh).

1. Maverick Vi?ales
2. Andrea Iannone
3. Marc Marquez
4. Andrea Dovizioso
5. Jorge Lorenzo
6. Cal Crutchlow
7. Danilo Petrucci
8. Pol Espargaro
9. Bradley Smith
10. Stefan Bradl
11. Alvaro Bautista
12. Scott Redding
13. Yonny Hernandez
14. Jack Miller
15. Eugene Laverty
16. Valentino Rossi
17. Aleix Espargaro
18. Hector Barbera
19. Hiroshi Aoyama
20. Tito Rabat
21. Loris Baz

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