Scorching hot conditions in Sepang were no issue for Marc Marquez and Jorge Lorenzo as they took sixth and 17th respectively as the weekend’s action began.
A productive first day at the Sepang International Circuit allowed the Repsol Honda Team to collectively complete 60 laps between Marc Marquez and Jorge Lorenzo, the pair taking advantage of the dry track time to experiment with the settings of their Honda RC213V machines.
Friday morning in Sepang proved to be an eventful day for Marc Marquez who started with another trademark save at Turn 2. Ending Free Practice 1 in fourth with a 1’59.517, Marquez booked himself a provisional spot in Q2. Working on his race pace in FP2, the eight-time World Champion and his Repsol Honda Team were pleased with what they achieved on Friday. Alongside this, Marquez was also able to begin to experiment with options for the 2020 season.
Jorge Lorenzo returned to closing the gap to leaders, ending the day in 17th overall after improving his lap time by eight tenths in the afternoon. Free Practice 2 saw Lorenzo post more competitive times, one of several riders to improve despite the oppressively hot track in the afternoon. Lorenzo still believes there is more to come this weekend, confident he has time left to find.
Practice resumes at 10:50 Local Time ahead of Qualifying for the Malaysian GP at 15:05 Local Time.
Malaysian GP Combined Free Practice Classification
|1||Quartararo Fabio||20||FRA||Petronas Yamaha SRT||Yamaha||1'58.576|
|2||Morbidelli Franco||21||ITA||Petronas Yamaha SRT||Yamaha||0.534|
|3||Dovizioso Andrea||4||ITA||Ducati Lenovo Team||Ducati||0.630|
|4||Vinales Maverick||12||SPA||Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP||Yamaha||0.642|
|5||Rossi Valentino||46||ITA||Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP||Yamaha||0.708|
|6||Marquez Marc||93||SPA||Repsol Honda Team||Honda||0.941|
|7||Rins Alex||42||SPA||Team Suzuki Ecstar||Suzuki||0.970|
|8||Miller Jack||43||AUS||Pramac Racing||Ducati||1.017|
|9||Espargaro Aleix||41||SPA||Aprilia Racing||Aprilia||1.131|
|10||Crutchlow Cal||35||GBR||Petronas Yamaha SRT||Yamaha||1.135|
|11||Bagnaia Francesco||63||ITA||Pramac Racing||Ducati||1.198|
|12||Mir Joan||36||SPA||Team Suzuki Ecstar||Suzuki||1.408|
|13||Petrucci Danilo||9||ITA||Ducati Lenovo Team||Ducati||1.481|
|14||Zarco Johann||5||FRA||LCR Honda||Honda||1.692|
|15||Abraham Karel||17||CZE||Esponsorama Racing||Ducati||1.901|
|16||Espargaro Pol||44||SPA||Red Bull KTM Factory Racing||KTM||2.082|
|17||Lorenzo Jorge||99||SPA||Repsol Honda Team||Honda||2.129|
|18||Iannone Andrea||29||ITA||Aprilia Racing||Aprilia||2.596|
|19||Syahrin Hafizh||55||MAL||Tech 3 KTM Factory Racing||KTM||3.003|
|20||Kallio Mika||82||FIN||Red Bull KTM Factory Racing||KTM||3.383|
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 58.303s (168.6km/h) Fabio Quartararo (Yamaha, 2019)|
|Race Lap||1m 59.661s (166.7km/h) Valentino Rossi (Yamaha, 2019)|
|Race Time||40m 14.632s (165.2 km/h) Maverick Viñales (Yamaha, 2019)|
|2019 Race Winner||Maverick Viñales (Yamaha, 2019)|