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Edwards fastest in Sepang sauna.

Colin Edwards, under pressure to return to his early season form, got his Malaysian Grand Prix weekend off to a perfect start by leading Friday practice at a hot and humid Sepang in Malaysia.

The Tech 3 Yamaha rider - who took two podiums during the first nine rounds of the season, but a best finish of seventh in the seven races since - finished this morning's practice in fourth position, 0.746sec behind 2008 MotoGP world champion Valentino Rossi.

This afternoon's second session looked like it might fail to produce any improvements when thunder signalled the arrival of light rain early in the session, but the moisture cleared soon after the halfway mark.

Aided by the uncertain weather, Honda Gresini's Shinya Nakano sat fastest for much of the afternoon, but lost the top spot to Rossi and then Casey Stoner with one minute remaining, before Edwards sliced 0.303sec under the Australian on his last lap.

Rossi trimmed that margin down to 0.171sec on his final circulation, although the Fiat Yamaha star's best lap of the day remained his 2min 2.693sec morning time - which was just 0.026sec slower than Colin's mark.

Stoner, who can secure second in the world championship this weekend, was third in both sessions, while Nakano concluded the day fourth fastest - doing his hopes of securing the third Kawasaki seat no harm at all.

Rossi's Michelin-shod team-mate Jorge Lorenzo was second fastest this morning, but slipped back to tenth this afternoon - although his morning pace was good enough for fifth on combined times.

Countryman Dani Pedrosa's form went in the opposite direction - the Spaniard, injured at Sepang in pre-season testing, was just 17th this morning but improved to fifth with a fast lap late in this afternoon's session to be the leading Repsol Honda rider.

Loris Capirossi was the top Suzuki rider in both sessions, claiming seventh and sixth places, while Andrea Dovizioso was eighth and then seventh for JiR Team Scot.

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Dray - Unregistered

October 17, 2008 1:25 PM

Perhaps Stoner and team does not share with Toni Elias Team because they do not want to be beaten by Toni. Toni is a rider with huge "Kahaunas" and I cannot see him being afraid of any Bike. Something seem amiss in the Duc world and it just cant be that 1 rider can be the only person that can ride the Duc. At one point of the season it seemed as though all the Duc's riders was suddenly going to enjoy being up front, right aroung the same time Stoner said he found some better (TC) software settings. Now it seems as though they are beginning to lag again. Something is very amiss here. Ducati just do not build bikes that are so unridable. Hard to believe that coming from an Italian company.

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