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Du­cati rider Casey Stoner came up tops as Spa­niard Jorge Lorenzo fin­ished 17th on the timesheets on Day 1 of the test sea­son on Malaysia’s Sepang cir­cuit. Stoner, a for­mer Aus­tralian dou­ble world cham­pion, clocked 1min 59.680 sec­onds, 0.117 sec­onds faster than Ital­ian An­drea Divizioso, also on a Du­cati. Spa­niard Mav­er­ick Vi­nales on a Yamaha logged 2mins 00.129 sec­onds to be the third quick­est. Of the no­table names, Valentino Rossi, who is look­ing for an elu­sive 10th world ti­tle, was eighth fastest with a tim­ing of 2mins 00.694 sec­onds and Honda’s Marc Mar­quez was ninth quick­est at 2min 00.738 sec­onds. The 18-race Mo­toGP sea­son gets un­der way in Qatar on March 26.

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