Dani Pedrosa set the pace as Friday morning marked opening practice for the Shell Advance Malaysian Motorcycle Grand Prix. Having suffered a crash last time out in Aragón, the 2012 Sepang winner topped the timesheets from Marc Marquez and Jorge Lorenzo as the championship battle intensifies at the start of the ‘flyaway’ triple-header.Dani Pedrosa, Jorge Lorenzo, Malaysian GP, Marc Marquez, MotoGP, Sepang
The small protecter plate is designed to avoid the freak circumstances that triggered Pedrosa’s high-side crash at Aragon.Dani Pedrosa, Marc Marquez, MotoGP, Repsol Honda
Ducati has moved to arrest the embarrassing decline with its MotoGP program by poaching acclaimed engineer Gigi Dall’Igna from Italian rival Aprilia.
The appointment of Dall’Igna has been rumored for some time and is clearly welcomed by incoming Ducati rider Cal Crutchlow who joins the team in 2014.Andrea Dovizioso, Ducati, Gigi Dall'Igna, MotoGP, Nicky Hayden
Honda race boss Shuhei Nakamoto has sent a message to rookie sensation and MotoGP world title aspirant Marc Marquez: No more friendly fire.
Nakamoto wants to see a calming of the high-risk style that has positioned the 20-year-old Spaniard to become the first rookie in 35 years to win the title.Dani Pedrosa, Honda, Marc Marquez, MotoGP
The heat is definitely on as Yamaha Factory Racing head overseas for the Malaysian Motorcycle Grand Prix, the first of the triple back-to-back races that mark the final push to the end of the season. Just four races remain for defending world champion Jorge Lorenzo to try to retain his crown from current championship leader Marc Marquez.
The Sepang circuit is up first this Sunday. Lorenzo has yet to score a premier class MotoGP victory at the track, coming second in 2012 and third in 2010. The Mallorcan does have one 250cc win under his belt from 2006.Jorge Lorenzo, MotoGP, Valentino Rossi, Yamaha