MotoGP: Valentino Rossi and Dani Pedrosa quickest in Sepang test

Valentino Rossi

Yahama's Valentino Rossi and Honda's Dani Pedrosa recorded the quickest lap on the final day of the second pre-season test at Sepang.

Nine-time world champion Rossi and Pedrosa set a time of 1:59.999, with Ducati's Andrea Dovizioso third.

Ducati confirmed after the session that their riders will compete in the Open rather than Factory class in 2014.

The change in class will allow the team to benefit from a greater engine allocation through the season.

Ducati riders Cal Crutchlow and Andrea Dovizioso, and Pramac's Andrea Iannone and Yonny Hernandez will race under the new Open rules.

Although there are differencesexternal-link in fuel limits, engine development and changes, rear tyres, and ECU software between the two classes, Factory and Open class competitors will compete for the same MotoGP world title.

England's Crutchlow was eighth-fastest on the tight-turning Malaysia circuit, with compatriot Bradley Smith ninth on his Monster Yamaha Tech.

MotoGP world champion Marc Marquez is out of action for around a month after breaking his leg in training last week.

The 21-year-old will miss the three-day Phillip Island tyre safety testing, which starts on Monday, but is expected to recover in time for the opening MotoGP race of the season, in Qatar on 23 March.

Official test, Sepang - Session 3

1=. Valentino Rossi (Ita) Yamaha 1:59.999

1=. Dani Pedrosa (Spa) Repsol Honda 1:59.999

3. Andrea Dovizioso (Ita) Ducati +0.068s

4. Aleix Espargaro (Spa) NGM Mobile Forward Racing +0.102

5. Stefan Bradl (Ger) LCR Honda +0.165

6. Alvaro Bautista (Spa) Honda Gresini +0.507

7. Jorge Lorenzo (Spa) Yamaha +0.620

8. Cal Crutchlow (Eng) Ducati +0.791

9. Bradley Smith (Eng) Tech 3 Yamaha +0.805

10. Pol Espargaro (Spa) Tech 3 Yamaha +1.033