In typical Malaysian fashion, the sun that had shone until half an hour before the start of the MotoGP race was replaced by a sudden heavy thunderstorm that did not last long but left the track completely soaked.

Marc Marquez, on a rain front Michelin tyre and a medium rear, got away brilliantly from the third row and completed the first lap in third place. He was passed by Andrea Dovizioso on the fifth lap, and when he realized that he could not match the pace of the three frontrunners, he settled for fourth place which, combined with the achievements of Dani Pedrosa and Cal Crutchlow this season, earned Honda the 2017 MotoGP Constructor title. It was the manufacturer’s 23rd such crown in history, and the sixth out of the last seven seasons.

With Dovizioso winning the race in front of Jorge Lorenzo and Johan Zarco, Marc will arrive at the season finale in Valencia leading the standings by 21 points over the Italian.

Pedrosa, who had been the fastest rider in Saturday’s dry conditions, wasn’t the happiest man when the rain started to fall, but a completely different setup prepared by his team, and the decision to use a soft rear tyre, allowed him to keep a decent pace and take fifth place, just behind his teammate.

Marc Marquez

4th

“Today the race was the most difficult one we could have had for the Championship because we had rain conditions and the track was extremely slippery. Anyway, I got a good start, and I tried to push at the beginning because I didn’t want to be stuck in the middle of the group. Then I tried to find the feeling and the pace but I saw that both the Ducatis were very fast, so I decided to not take too many risks, to be calm, and to get good points for the Championship. I thought about trying to get Zarco but the risk was too big just to have an advantage of 24 points instead of 21. This wasn’t the race to win the Title but rather one to get closer to it. I’m happy because after a difficult weekend, at a track where we always struggle, we still managed to finish fourth. Of course now we need to keep focused, to train well this week, and to work to be at 100% on Sunday in Valencia without relaxing too much with the advantage we have. Today we won the Constructor Title, and that’s a first step!”

Dani Pedrosa

5th

“Overall I’m happy with the result, and I’d like to thank my team for giving me a bike that allowed me to be competitive. Of course after earning the pole yesterday, the expectations would have been high if the conditions were dry, and when I saw the rain starting to fall I thought we might go from first to last. But in the end we changed the setting, trying something we had never used before in an effort to get more rear grip, and it worked! That and the choice of the soft rear tyre gave me confidence. The feeling still wasn’t perfect because the tyre was spinning on the straights, but at least it gave me edge grip and I was able to lean the bike. We’ve learned something that I think may also be helpful for the technicians in the future, so we can be satisfied. Today Honda won the Constructor Championship, and that’s important. It’s another title for the Company, and I’m happy about that.”

MotoGP 2017
Race Round 17   Malaysia

Race Results

Wet
Humidity
89%
Track Temp
33°C
Air Temp
25°C
Pos. Rider Num Nation Points Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 Dovizioso Andrea 4 ITA 25 Ducati Team Ducati 44'51.497
2 Lorenzo Jorge 99 SPA 20 Ducati Team Ducati 0.743
3 Zarco Johann 5 FRA 16 Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 9.738
4 Marquez Marc 93 SPA 13 Repsol Honda Team Honda 17.763
5 Pedrosa Dani 26 SPA 11 Repsol Honda Team Honda 29.144
6 Petrucci Danilo 9 ITA 10 Octo Pramac Racing Ducati 30.380
7 Rossi Valentino 46 ITA 9 Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 30.769
8 Miller Jack 43 AUS 8 Octo Pramac Racing Ducati 35.238
9 Vinales Maverick 25 SPA 7 Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 38.053
10 Espargaro Pol 44 SPA 6 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 39.847
11 Bautista Alvaro 19 SPA 5 Pull&Bear Aspar Team Ducati 42.559
12 Smith Bradley 38 GBR 4 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 44.602
13 Redding Scott 45 GBR 3 Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia 48.696
14 Barbera Hector 8 SPA 2 Reale Avintia Racing Ducati 50.058
15 Crutchlow Cal 35 GBR 1 LCR Honda Honda 50.705
16 Van Der Mark Michael 60 NDL 0 Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 56.397
17 Iannone Andrea 29 ITA 0 Team Suzuki Ecstar Suzuki 58.391
18 Rabat Tito 53 SPA 0 Reale Avintia Racing Ducati 1'25.571
19 Lowes Sam 22 GBR 0 Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia 11 laps
20 Abraham Karel 17 CZE 0 Pull&Bear Aspar Team Ducati 12 laps
21 Baz Loris 76 FRA 0 Reale Avintia Racing Ducati 15 laps
22 Rins Alex 42 SPA 0 Team Suzuki Ecstar Suzuki
Location Information

Specifically built for speed and exciting racing, the Sepang International Circuit in Malaysia is one of the world’s best. The 2,300 acre complex which also houses a hotel, shopping centre, golf course and other sports facilities cost around £50m to construct and was built in just 14 months, holding its… read more.

Length 5.543 kilometres / 3.444 miles
Width 25 metres
Left corners 5
Right corners 10
Longest straight 0.920 kilometres / 0.572 miles
Constructed 1998

Sepang International Circuit Klia Pahang Malaysia - View in Google Maps

Records

Pole Position 1m 59.053s (167.6km/h) Dani Pedrosa (Honda, 2015)
Race Lap 2m 00.606s (165.4km/h) Jorge Lorenzo (Yamaha, 2015)
Race Time 40m 37.691s (163.7 km/h) Dani Pedrosa (Honda, 2015)
2017 Race Winner Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati)