Action is still underway in Malaysia, and the times are starting to come in. All day long, Valentino Rossi and Casey Stoner have been swapping the lead, and at 4pm, it was Rossi's turn at the top of the timesheets. The big surprise of the day are the Suzukis, both Loris Capirossi and Chris Vermeulen the only riders capable of getting anywhere near the two leaders.
More worrying will be the big gaps between the rest of the field: Dani Pedrosa is in 6th place, nearly a second behind Rossi, while Sete Gibernau in 10th is another second behind Pedrosa. Stoner's Ducati team mate Nicky Hayden is down in 14th, just behind James Toseland. Hayden's time will be a worrying sign that the Ducati is still a difficult bike to handle.
The rev limits imposed by Honda on the satellite spec bikes seem to be having the expected result. First satellite spec RC212V is Alex de Angelis down in 11th, over a second behind the fastest factory Honda of Dani Pedrosa. More times once the session is over.
|No.||Rider||Bike||Time||Fast Lap||Total Laps|
|11||Alex De Angelis||Honda||2'04.463||31||39|
|15||Randy De Puniet||Honda||2'04.882||46||46|
Lap record: 2007, Casey Stoner, 2'02.108