Spanish new World Champion Yamaha MotoGP rider Jorge Lorenzo celebrates after winning the Valencia Motorcycle Grand Prix at the Ricardo Tormo racetrack in Cheste, near Valencia, November 8, 2015. REUTERS/Heino Kalis
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Reigning MotoGP World Champion Jorge Lorenzo riding a Yamaha was fastest on day one as the 2016 test season got off to a blistering start at Malaysia's Sepang circuit Monday.With the track temperature reaching 52 degrees Celsius, Lorenzo, chasing a fourth MotoGP world championship title, overcame the tough conditions to clock 2min 00.684sec, 1.033 seconds quicker than his Italian team-mate Valentino Rossi, giving a strong start for Yamaha.Spain's Dani Pedrosa, racing a Honda, was third, 1.096 seconds slower than the 28-year-old Lorenzo.Italian Danilo Petrucci on a Ducati was fourth, 1.127 seconds slower than Lorenzo. Stoner, 30, rejoins Ducati after a five-year spell with Honda, with whom he won the 2011 world championship, four years after his first title.
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