After setting the tenth quickest time in today’s FP1 session at Sepang, spent as always on the same set of tyres, Marc Marquez managed to lower his time by over a second in the afternoon’s FP2 session, finishing second fastest (third in the combined classification) just 0.093” behind provisional pole setter Alex Rins.

Dani Pedrosa struggled to find a good feeling but improved a bit his lap time in the afternoon, ending the FP2 session in 10th place (11th in the combined classification) less than one second off the top.

Marc Marquez

2nd (Combined 3rd) 1'59.701

“All in all it was a good day for us. This morning I felt good, but this afternoon we struggled a lot at the beginning of the FP2 session: I had some moments and had save it a few times. Finally, we changed the front tyre from hard to medium and in the last run we could improve our speed and our lap time. Anyway we need to work very hard on our race pace. We’ll try a different setup in order to see if we may manage better the front tyre. We need to make a step forward if we want to get closer to Dovizioso, who at the moment is the fastest out there.”

Dani Pedrosa

10th (Combined 11th) 2'00.579

“Today we had not really a good feeling. No much grip on the rear and we also struggled a lot in turning. I could not make the pace I would like to have here. In the afternoon we improved the lap time but the grip was even worse. We need to improve the bike’s setup because so far we have not the feeling we had in the test. We must to figure out what to do for tomorrow and keep working hard. It will be important to go out tomorrow and try to improve.”

MotoGP 2018
Practice Round 18   Malaysia

Combined Free Practice Classification

Dry
Humidity
66%
Track Temp
37°C
Air Temp
32°C
Pos. Rider Num Nation Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 Rins Alex 42 SPA Team Suzuki Ecstar Suzuki 1'59.608
2 Dovizioso Andrea 4 ITA Ducati Team Ducati 1'59.697 / 0.089
3 Marquez Marc 93 SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 1'59.701 / 0.093
4 Rossi Valentino 46 ITA Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 1'59.767 / 0.159
5 Miller Jack 43 AUS Alma Pramac Racing Ducati 1'59.771 / 0.163
6 Vinales Maverick 25 SPA Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 1'59.802 / 0.194
7 Petrucci Danilo 9 ITA Alma Pramac Racing Ducati 1'59.811 / 0.203
8 Zarco Johann 5 FRA Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 2'00.159 / 0.551
9 Iannone Andrea 29 ITA Team Suzuki Ecstar Suzuki 2'00.502 / 0.894
10 Espargaro Aleix 41 SPA Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia 2'00.552 / 0.944
11 Pedrosa Dani 26 SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 2'00.579 / 0.971
12 Bautista Alvaro 19 SPA Ducati Team Ducati 2'00.664 / 1.056
13 Nakagami Takaaki 30 JPN LCR Honda Honda 2'00.829 / 1.221
14 Morbidelli Franco 21 ITA EG 0,0 Marc VDS Honda 2'00.981 / 1.373
15 Espargaro Pol 44 SPA Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 2'01.020 / 1.412
16 Smith Bradley 38 GBR Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 2'01.230 / 1.622
17 Bradl Stefan 6 GER LCR Honda Honda 2'01.313 / 1.705
18 Syahrin Hafizh 55 MAL Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 2'01.419 / 1.811
19 Abraham Karel 17 CZE Angel Nieto Team Ducati 2'01.684 / 2.076
20 Redding Scott 45 GBR Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia 2'01.690 / 2.082
21 Luthi Tom 12 SWI EG 0,0 Marc VDS Honda 2'01.743 / 2.135
22 Simeon Xavier 10 BEL Reale Avintia Racing Ducati 2'01.900 / 2.292
23 Torres Jordi 81 SPA Reale Avintia Racing Ducati 2'01.940 / 2.332
24 Lorenzo Jorge 99 SPA Ducati Team Ducati 2'03.204 / 3.596
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)