Valentino Rossi fastest in a dry FP3 session at the Malaysian MotoGP, setting the first sub-2min lap of the weekend.

Marc Marquez has his first chance to wrap-up the 2017 MotoGP title, holding a 33-point lead over Andrea Dovizioso with two races and a maximum of 50-points remaining.

Tech 3's Jonas Folger returned to Germany on the eve of the Motegi round to undergo tests for a suspected recurrence of the Epstein Barr virus and is replaced by Michael van der Mark, making his MotoGP debut.

Aprilia's Aleix Espargaro is absent after injuring his hand at Phillip Island and has not been replaced..

The top ten riders after FP3 (combined times) receive direct access to the second and final part of this afternoon's qualifying session...

FP3:
1. ^11 Valentino Rossi ITA Movistar Yamaha (YZR-M1) 1m 59.947s [Lap 18/18] 323km/h (Max)
2. ^1 Johann Zarco FRA Monster Yamaha Tech3 (YZR-M1)* 2m 00.024s +0.077s [15/16] 321km/h
3. ^6 Dani Pedrosa ESP Repsol Honda (RC213V) 2m 00.087s +0.140s [18/19] 321km/h
4. ˅3 Andrea Dovizioso ITA Ducati Team (GP17) 2m 00.124s +0.177s [15/16] 324km/h
5. ^5 Jorge Lorenzo ESP Ducati Team (GP17) 2m 00.149s +0.202s [16/18] 320km/h
6. ^8 Jack Miller AUS EG 0,0 Marc VDS (RC213V) 2m 00.190s +0.243s [17/18] 322km/h
7. ˅1 Cal Crutchlow GBR LCR Honda (RC213V) 2m 00.199s +0.252s [15/16] 320km/h
8. ^5 Andrea Iannone ITA Suzuki Ecstar (GSX-RR) 2m 00.394s +0.447s [17/19] 322km/h
9. ˅4 Marc Marquez ESP Repsol Honda (RC213V) 2m 00.467s +0.520s [16/18] 322km/h
10. ˅6 Maverick Viñales ESP Movistar Yamaha (YZR-M1) 2m 00.695s +0.748s [19/19] 322km/h
11. ^11 Alex Rins ESP Suzuki Ecstar (GSX-RR)* 2m 00.746s +0.799s [18/18] 321km/h
12. ˅1 Danilo Petrucci ITA Octo Pramac (GP17) 2m 00.864s +0.917s [16/17] 325km/h
13. ˅6 Karel Abraham CZE Pull&Bear Aspar (GP15) 2m 00.876s +0.929s [17/17] 324km/h
14. ^3 Bradley Smith GBR Red Bull KTM Factory (RC16) 2m 01.013s +1.066s [17/17] 311km/h
15. ^1 Loris Baz FRA Reale Avintia (GP15) 2m 01.292s +1.345s [16/17] 320km/h
16. ˅1 Pol Espargaro ESP Red Bull KTM Factory (RC16) 2m 01.295s +1.348s [15/17] 320km/h
17. ^3 Tito Rabat ESP EG 0,0 Marc VDS (RC213V) 2m 01.382s +1.435s [16/17] 317km/h
18. ^3 Sam Lowes GBR Factory Aprilia Gresini (RS-GP)* 2m 01.506s +1.559s [15/15] 317km/h
19. ˅1 Scott Redding GBR Octo Pramac (GP16) 2m 01.752s +1.805s [13/14] 321km/h
20. ˅12 Hector Barbera ESP Reale Avintia (GP16) 2m 01.847s +1.900s [15/15] 317km/h
21. ˅2 Michael vd Mark NED Movistar Yamaha (YZR-M1) 2m 01.984s +2.037s [18/19] 318km/h
22. ˅20 Alvaro Bautista ESP Pull&Bear Aspar (GP16) 2m 02.204s +2.257s [4/6] 323km/h

Key:
˄X Up X places from Friday.
= Rider has the same position as Friday.
˅X Down X places from Friday.

Riders going directly to Qualifying 2 - Top 10 Combined Practice Times:
1. Valentino Rossi ITA Movistar Yamaha (YZR-M1)
2. Johann Zarco FRA Monster Yamaha Tech3 (YZR-M1)*
3. Dani Pedrosa ESP Repsol Honda (RC213V)
4. Andrea Dovizioso ITA Ducati Team (GP17)
5. Jorge Lorenzo ESP Ducati Team (GP17)
6. Jack Miller AUS EG 0,0 Marc VDS (RC213V)
7. Cal Crutchlow GBR LCR Honda (RC213V)
8. Andrea Iannone ITA Suzuki Ecstar (GSX-RR)
9. Marc Marquez ESP Repsol Honda (RC213V)
10. Maverick Vinales ESP Movistar Yamaha (YZR-M1)
* Rookie

Blue = Factory Team.
Red = Satellite Team.

Fastest Friday time:
Andrea Dovizioso ITA Ducati 2m 0.671s (FP1)
Official Sepang MotoGP records:
Best lap:
Jorge Lorenzo SPA Yamaha 2m 0.606s (2015)
Fastest race lap:
Dani Pedrosa SPA Honda 1m 59.053s (2015)

Unofficial Sepang MotoGP record:
Marc Marquez SPA Honda 1m 58.867s (2015 testing)

By Peter McLaren