Rossi secures Q2 spot in final practice

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Valentino Rossi enjoyed a stark reverse of fortunes in the final practice for the Malaysian Grand Prix after racing to a place in Q2.

Rossi faced being the big name absentee from Q2 after Friday’s two practice sessions, yet he was fastest in FP3 at Sepang.

The Italian became the first rider of the weekend to break the two minute barrier with a lap of 1’59.947 seeing him take spot ahead of Johann Zarco in second and Dani Pedrosa in third.

Friday’s fastest rider and the chief challenger to championship leader Marc Marquez, Andrea Dovizioso, was fourth – only marginally ahead of team-mate Jorge Lorenzo.

Like Rossi, Jack Miller made big improvements from Friday after he was sixth fastest on his Honda.

It was a subdued session from Marquez as the world champion-elect finished down in ninth spot, just ahead of 10th placed Maverick Vinales.

Malaysian Grand Prix FP3 times:
1 Valentino ROSSI ITA Movistar Yamaha MotoGP 1’59.947
2 Johann ZARCO FRA Monster Yamaha Tech 3 2’00.024 0.077 / 0.077
3 Dani PEDROSA SPA Repsol Honda Team 2’00.087 0.140 / 0.063
4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO ITA Ducati Team 2’00.124 0.177 / 0.037
5 Jorge LORENZO SPA Ducati Team 2’00.149 0.202 / 0.025
6 Jack MILLER AUS EG 0,0 Marc VDS 2’00.190 0.243 / 0.041
7 Cal CRUTCHLOW GBR LCR Honda 2’00.199 0.252 / 0.009
8 Andrea IANNONE ITA Team SUZUKI ECSTAR 2’00.394 0.447 / 0.195
9 Marc MARQUEZ SPA Repsol Honda Team 2’00.467 0.520 / 0.073
10 Maverick VIÑALES SPA Movistar Yamaha MotoGP 2’00.695 0.748 / 0.228
11 Alex RINS SPA Team SUZUKI ECSTAR 2’00.746 0.799 / 0.051
12 Danilo PETRUCCI ITA OCTO Pramac Racing 2’00.864 0.917 / 0.118
13 Karel ABRAHAM CZE Pull&Bear Aspar Team 2’00.876 0.929 / 0.012
14 Bradley SMITH GBR Red Bull KTM Factory Racing 2’01.013 1.066 / 0.137
15 Loris BAZ FRA Reale Avintia Racing 2’01.292 1.345 / 0.279
16 Pol ESPARGARO SPA Red Bull KTM Factory Racing 2’01.295 1.348 / 0.003
17 Tito RABAT SPA EG 0,0 Marc VDS 2’01.382 1.435 / 0.087
18 Sam LOWES GBR Aprilia Racing Team Gresini 2’01.506 1.559 / 0.124
19 Scott REDDING GBR OCTO Pramac Racing Ducati 2’01.752 1.805 / 0.246
20 Hector BARBERA SPA Reale Avintia Racing Ducati 2’01.847 1.900 / 0.095
21 Michael VAN DER MARK NED Monster Yamaha Tech 3 2’01.984 2.037 / 0.137
22 Alvaro BAUTISTA SPA Pull&Bear Aspar Team 2’02.204 2.257 / 0.220

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