SEPANG, Malaysia (AFP) – MotoGP World Champion Marc Marquez ruled the timesheets on Wednesday as riders kicked off three days of testing in tropical temperatures at Malaysia’s Sepang circuit.
The Spaniard clocked 2 minutes 0.262 seconds for the day’s top time. Italian Valentino Rossi, hungry for his 10th Grand Prix title, was just 0.118s seconds behind.
Rossi’s team mate Jorge Lorenzo clocked the third-fastest time, 0.259 seconds off the pace, while Andrea Dovizioso riding for the factory Ducati Team was next.
Spaniard Dani Pedrosa on Honda was fifth-fastest at 2 minutes and 0.745 seconds.
Pedrosa and Marquez were on top form earlier in the day but Yamaha’s Rossi jumped ahead of the pack. He held the fastest time from midday till almost the end of Wedneday’s session around a Sepang circuit that is notoriously tricky — due in part to Malaysia’s tropical moisture and frequent rain.