Hector Barbera is returning from injury for Aspar Ducati, while newly-injured 2010 world champion Jorge Lorenzo is being replaced by Yamaha test rider Katsuyuki Nakasuga.

John Hopkins, due to make his third appearance of the season for Rizla Suzuki, has withdrawn due to problems with his healing fingers.

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1. Dani Pedrosa ESP Repsol Honda 2m 1.769s
2. Marco Simoncelli ITA San Carlo Honda Gresini 2m 2.034s
3. Andrea Dovizioso ITA Repsol Honda 2m 2.081s
4. Casey Stoner AUS Repsol Honda 2m 2.169s
5. Nicky Hayden USA Ducati Marlboro 2m 2.249s
6. Alvaro Bautista ESP Rizla Suzuki 2m 2.343s
7. Colin Edwards USA Monster Yamaha Tech 3 2m 2.463s
8. Valentino Rossi ITA Ducati Marlboro 2m 2.614s
9. Hiroshi Aoyama JPN San Carlo Honda Gresini 2m 2.744s
10. Loris Capirossi ITA Pramac Racing 2m 2.825s
11. Randy de Puniet FRA Pramac Racing 2m 3.019s
12. Cal Crutchlow GBR Monster Yamaha Tech 3 2m 3.414s
13. Hector Barbera ESP Mapfre Aspar 2m 3.554s
14. Ben Spies USA Yamaha Factory Racing 2m 3.772s
15. Toni Elias ESP LCR Honda 2m 3.823s
16. Karel Abraham CZE Cardion AB Motoracing 2m 3.952s
17. Katsuyuki Nakasuga JPN Yamaha Factory Racing 2m 4.629s

Fastest Friday time: Dani Pedrosa AUS Repsol Honda 2m 1.250s (FP2)

2010 Malaysian Grand Prix (October 17): Pole position: Jorge Lorenzo ESP Fiat Yamaha 2m 1.537s Fastest race lap: Valentino Rossi ITA Fiat Yamaha 2m 2.117s

2011 Sepang MotoGP Tests (February): Casey Stoner AUS Repsol Honda 1m 59.665s