Repsol Honda’s Marc Marquez and Dani Pedrosa have qualified first and second for tomorrow’s Malaysian GP, their fourth 1-2 of the 2014 season. They were the only riders to set a time under 2’00 minutes and both riders smashed Marc’s pole record from 2013 (2’00.011) with Marc’s time of 1’59.791 sending him to the top of the time sheets and Dani just 0.182 behind him with 1’59.973.

It’s been a searingly hot day in Malaysia, with track temperatures reaching 56ºC. Dani, fastest yesterday and in this morning’s FP3, found a good setup for qualifying and has put himself in a prime position to challenge for victory tomorrow, and importantly ahead of Lorenzo (3rd) and Rossi (6th) in his fight for second place in the World Championship.

Marc was able to put his small FP4 crash behind him and claim his 50th career pole (14 in 125cc, 14 in Moto2, 22 in MotoGP) and his thirteenth of 2014 which is a new record for pole positions in a season in the premier-class, bettering the record held by fellow Repsol Honda riders Mick Doohan (12 in 1997) and Casey Stoner (12 in 2011).

Tomorrow Dani will become the tenth rider to reach the milestone of 150 starts in the premier-class of Grand Prix racing and Honda will be looking to add the Constructor’s Title to the Rider’s Title they won in Japan. With a 45 point lead over their closest rivals, a finish from any Honda rider in the top eleven is enough to clinch the crown for Honda. The Repsol Honda Team are also able to win the Team’s Title tomorrow, with Marc or Dani needing to outscore Lorenzo or Rossi by five points. The race will begin at 16h00 local time.

Marc Marquez

“I am very happy to have taken pole position, because the temperature out on track was very high and it was difficult to do such a good lap! The time was very good - better than I had expected - so I am delighted with how things went today. Let's hope that tomorrow's race is dry, but Dani looks to be a very strong candidate for the win; he has a great pace and we hope to be ready to fight with him from the opening lap! I'm also happy to have broken the record. Maybe pole positions are somewhat insignificant because they don't give you any points, but you achieve them by being the fastest rider over a single lap. That doesn't mean that you will be the fastest in the race, of course, so the most important thing is what happens tomorrow.”

Dani Pedrosa

“It was a good qualifying session. The times that were being put in were amazing, because in this heat the bikes don't normally go that fast and the tyres don't tend to have so much grip. We will try to have a good race, because the last two have not been great for us. We have a strong desire to take a good result, and we also need one if we want to finish runners-up in the Championship, but the first thing that we have to do is push 100% tomorrow regardless whether it rains or shines!”

MotoGP 2014
Qualifying Round 17   Malaysia

Results Session

Pos. Rider Num Nation Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 Marquez Marc 93 SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 1'59.791
2 Pedrosa Dani 26 SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 1'59.973
3 Lorenzo Jorge 99 SPA Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 2'00.203
4 Bradl Stefan 6 GER LCR Honda MotoGP Honda 2'00.472
5 Dovizioso Andrea 04 ITA Mission Winnow Ducati Ducati 2'00.703
6 Rossi Valentino 46 ITA Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 2'00.740
7 Espargaro Aleix 41 SPA NGM Forward Racing Forward Yamaha 2'00.801
8 Crutchlow Cal 35 GBR Mission Winnow Ducati Ducati 2'01.119
9 Smith Bradley 38 GBR Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 2'01.263
10 Bautista Alvaro 19 SPA Go & Fun Honda Gresini Honda 2'02.294
11 Aoyama Hiroshi 7 JPN Aspar Team Honda 2'10.568
12 Espargaro Pol 44 SPA Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 2'01.885
13 Hernandez Yonny 68 COL Energy T.I. Pramac Racing Ducati 2'02.184
15 Abraham Karel 17 CZE AB Motoracing Honda 2'02.548
16 Barbera Hector 8 SPA Mission Winnow Ducati Ducati 2'02.682
17 Redding Scott 45 GBR Go & Fun Honda Gresini Honda 2'02.874
18 De Angelis Alex 15 RSM Athina Forward Racing Forward Yamaha 2'03.165
19 Petrucci Danilo 9 ITA Octo IodaRacing Team ART 2'03.874
20 Laverty Michael 70 GBR Paul Bird Motorsport PBM 2'04.539
21 Di Meglio Mike 63 FRA Avintia Racing Avintia 2'04.784
22 Parkes Broc 23 AUS Paul Bird Motorsport PBM 2'05.208
23 Iannone Andrea 29 ITA Pramac Racing Ducati 2'02.597
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)