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John Hopkins has withdrawn from his third appearance of the season for Rizla Suzuki after complications with his healing right hand.

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1. Dani Pedrosa ESP Repsol Honda 2m 1.462s
2. Casey Stoner AUS Repsol Honda 2m 1.491s
3. Andrea Dovizioso ITA Repsol Honda 2m 1.666s
4. Colin Edwards USA Monster Yamaha Tech 3 2m 2.010s
5. Marco Simoncelli ITA San Carlo Honda Gresini 2m 2.105s
6. Nicky Hayden USA Ducati Marlboro 2m 2.172s
7. Hiroshi Aoyama JPN San Carlo Honda Gresini 2m 2.254s
8. Alvaro Bautista ESP Rizla Suzuki 2m 2.332s
9. Valentino Rossi ITA Ducati Marlboro 2m 2.395s
10. Cal Crutchlow GBR Monster Yamaha Tech 3 2m 2.756s
11. Randy de Puniet FRA Pramac Racing 2m 2.939s
12. Loris Capirossi ITA Pramac Racing 2m 3.077s
13. Karel Abraham CZE Cardion AB Motoracing 2m 3.438s
14. Hector Barbera ESP Mapfre Aspar 2m 3.619s
15. Toni Elias ESP LCR Honda 2m 3.646s
16. Ben Spies USA Yamaha Factory Racing 2m 3.678s
17. Katsuyuki Nakasuga JPN Yamaha Factory Racing 2m 4.072s

Fastest practice 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