Dovizioso dominates wet M'sia MotoGP practice

Dovizioso sets Sepang pace come rain or shine

Dovizioso, who beat Marquez in a thrilling wet race in Japan last week to breathe new life in the title race, slid off the track when he lost the front end of his bike at turn 10 in fourth practice earlier on Saturday.

"Both tires worked very well in qualifying, so I was able to find the rhythm on my first flying lap and set a good time, and then I pushed harder and improved on my second run". Pole was taken by Dani Pedrosa, which should leave Marquez a little happy as his main title rival - Andrea Dovizioso of Ducati - is starting behind his Honda teammate.

Heading up row two is nine-time World Champion Valentino Rossi, the Movistar Yamaha MotoGP YZR-M1 pilot qualifying ahead of Maverick Vinales and Ducati Team's Jorge Lorenzo.

Dovizioso was only 0.024 seconds off pole and was the man provisionally set to take it until the final few seconds, but the Italian holds the cards after key rival and points leader Marc Marquez had a more hard session and will line up seventh - on the third row.

Saturday's qualifying session was closely-contested, with the top three of Dani Pedrosa, Johann Zarco and Andrea Dovizioso split by just 0.024 seconds.

The factory Ducati rider has been quick in both wet and dry practices this weekend but says it is more hard to know who can challenge should it rain tomorrow as the field has only had one practice - which he topped by half a second. He will be crowned world champion if he finishes first or second in Sunday's race.

Now it's time for the 20-lap Malaysian Grand Prix.

That home race is far off and the task at hand for Repsol Honda is to give their championship leader a well set machine he could comfortably push at Sepang. Tomorrow we'll try and have a good race.

Dovizioso doesn't seem to care if it is wet or dry. The tyre, the front tyre, left a black line on the track, first in a straight line and then an even bolder imprint as it started to grip.

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