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.

Marc Marquez

Winner

“It was a hard race, first of all because I was starting from seventh place. I didn’t get a perfect start, and then my first lap was good but not one of the best of my career. Step by step, I overtook some riders and got to second place. I saw that Valentino was pushing and I started to chase him, lapping at qualifying pace! But in the process, I overheated the rear tyre; the front was also warming up quickly and the feeling wasn’t good. So for a few laps, I just tried to cool down and in so doing I began to feel better and better. I saw I was getting closer to Valentino and honestly that gave me extra motivation. At that moment, it was just a matter of instinct and pushing, something that you can do when you’ve already got the Championship. Unfortunately, he made a little mistake in turn one, which is a shame as it would have been nice to see how the duel would have ended. Anyway, when I saw him crash, I just cooled down and focused on finishing the race. We won, and that was the best way to seal the Constructors Championship. I would also like to congratulate Jorge Martin and “Pecco” Bagnaia for taking Championships. We’ll celebrate together in Valencia.”

Dani Pedrosa

5th

“Today I focused a lot on the start because I was very far back on the grid. The start itself wasn’t perfect, but then I was able to recover a few places in the first corner. Unfortunately, I lost some ground with Dovi and Marc just a couple of turns later. Anyway, the feeling at the beginning of the race was good enough and I was able to stay there close to the front. On the other hand, toward the end I began struggling with grip again and I was passed by Rins and Viñales. All in all it was a little bit better race than usual. I would like to congratulate Martin for his title. He was able to overcome some difficulties this year, an injury and other issues, and he had a strong race today. He totally deserves this result.”  

MotoGP 2018
Race Round 18   Malaysia

Race Classification

Sunny
Humidity
55%
Track Temp
53°C
Air Temp
34°C
Pos. Rider Num Nation Points Team Constructor Time/Gap
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 Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 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 Ducati Team Ducati 15.611
8 Miller Jack 43 AUS 8 Alma Pramac Racing Ducati 19.009
9 Petrucci Danilo 9 ITA 7 Alma 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
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 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
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 32.372s (164.0 km/h) Marc Marquez (Honda, 2018)
2018 Race Winner Marc Marquez (Honda)