From seventh on the grid to the 70th win in his career: In Malaysia, Marc Marquez took his ninth win this season and his 44th in MotoGP, earning Honda its 24th Premier Class Constructors Title. Furthermore, thanks to today’s win of newly crowned Moto3 World Champion Jorge Martin, Honda has achieved also the Moto3 Constructor Title bringing its tally to 69 over all classes, a record in the Championship’s history.
Such were the numbers, but today’s competition was also another master class race for the 2018 MotoGP World Champion, who recovered from the third row of the grid to second place within five laps of the start before beginning a long chase of erstwhile leader Valentino Rossi. Marc was preparing for what seemed certain would be a battle for the victory when the Italian slipped off four laps from the end.
On the other side of the garage, Dani Pedrosa matched his best result of this season, taking fifth place after displaying a strong pace during the race.
Now the Repsol Honda Team will pack up and fly back to Europe, where Marc will pay a visit to the Honda stand at the EICMA motorcycle show in Milan, Italy, on Tuesday before heading home to Spain.
|1||Marquez Marc||93||SPA||25||Repsol Honda Team||Honda||40'32.372|
|2||Rins Alex||42||SPA||20||Team Suzuki Ecstar||Suzuki||1.898|
|3||Zarco Johann||5||FRA||16||Red Bull KTM Factory Racing||KTM||2.474|
|4||Vinales Maverick||25||SPA||13||Movistar Yamaha MotoGP||Yamaha||4.667|
|5||Pedrosa Dani||26||SPA||11||Repsol Honda Team||Honda||6.190|
|6||Dovizioso Andrea||4||ITA||10||Ducati Team||Ducati||11.248|
|7||Bautista Alvaro||19||SPA||9||Angel Nieto Team||Ducati||15.611|
|8||Miller Jack||43||AUS||8||Pramac Racing||Ducati||19.009|
|9||Petrucci Danilo||9||ITA||7||Pramac Racing||Ducati||22.921|
|10||Syahrin Hafizh||55||MAL||6||Monster Yamaha Tech 3||Yamaha||26.919|
|11||Espargaro Aleix||41||SPA||5||Aprilia Racing Team Gresini||Aprilia||29.503|
|12||Morbidelli Franco||21||ITA||4||EG 0,0 Marc VDS||Honda||30.933|
|13||Bradl Stefan||6||GER||3||LCR Honda||Honda||35.322|
|14||Nakagami Takaaki||30||JPN||2||LCR Honda||Honda||37.912|
|15||Smith Bradley||38||GBR||1||Red Bull KTM Factory Racing||KTM||39.675|
|16||Luthi Tom||12||SWI||0||EG 0,0 Marc VDS||Honda||41.820|
|17||Simeon Xavier||10||BEL||0||Reale Avintia Racing||Ducati||43.978|
|18||Rossi Valentino||46||ITA||0||Movistar Yamaha MotoGP||Yamaha||58.288|
|19||Redding Scott||45||GBR||0||Aprilia Racing Team Gresini||Aprilia||1'00.191|
|20||Espargaro Pol||44||SPA||0||Red Bull KTM Factory Racing||KTM||4 laps|
|21||Pirro Michele||51||ITA||0||Ducati Team||Ducati||15 laps|
|22||Abraham Karel||17||CZE||0||Angel Nieto Team||Ducati||17 laps|
|23||Iannone Andrea||29||ITA||0||Team Suzuki Ecstar||Suzuki||Not finished first lap|
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 cost around £50m to construct and was built in just 14 months, holding its first Grand Prix in April 1999 and setting the standard for race circuits… read more.
|Length||5.543 kilometres / 3.444 miles|
|Longest straight||0.920 kilometres / 0.572 miles|
Sepang International Circuit Klia Pahang Malaysia - View in Google Maps
|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 32.372s (164.0 km/h) Marc Marquez (Honda, 2018)|
|2018 Race Winner||Marc Marquez (Honda)|