Today Marc Marquez took an historic 80th pole position across all classes, despite the tricky conditions that affected qualifying day at Sepang. Nonetheless, he’ll start tomorrow’s race from seventh place on the grid after being sanctioned with a six-place penalty.

Fair weather is rarely an enduring condition in Malaysia. After enjoying two sunny sessions yesterday and a further dry FP3 stint this morning (in which Dani Pedrosa advanced from 11th to fourth place, earning a direct passage to Q2), the MotoGP field encountered the weekend’s first rain in FP4, ultimately topped by Marquez.

That shower was just a warning, as heavy rain soon followed, forcing Race Direction to postpone qualifying proceedings by over an hour. Q2 started at 4:30 p.m. and Marc was able to set a time that proved untouchable for his opponents, despite the fact that a tumble at turn four in the final minutes of the session prevented him from further improving. Dani ended the session in 10th place.

The unfavourable weather forecast for tomorrow afternoon prompted Race Direction to also reschedule Sunday’s proceedings, moving the Moto3 race up to 10 a.m., the Moto2 race to 11:20 a.m. and the MotoGP race to 1 p.m. local time.

Marc Marquez

Pole Position (Grid position 7th) 2'12.161

“I think that being able to quickly adapt to sudden changes in track conditions is one of my strong points. Today I took advantage of that, even if, honestly, it wasn’t easy. It was the first time this weekend we rode in the wet, and we even crashed. But the feeling was there and we achieved the pole position, which is a good feeling even if we’ll ultimately start from the third row. The most important thing is that we made a huge step forward with the setup in dry conditions, and now I think we’re competitive. I also adapted my riding style a bit, and now we’re closer to the faster guys, who here are Dovizioso and Viñales. Now we’ll see which conditions we’ll have tomorrow, then we’ll try and make a good start and if possible we’ll fight for the podium.”

Dani Pedrosa

10th 2'14.443

“Today we made a little step forward on the dry but still not enough to stay in the group who can fight for the victory. Then I struggled a lot in the wet with both medium and soft spec of tyres. I could not find any grip. That means that tomorrow we will start again from back on the grid and of course this is not good. We will see what the conditions will be at race time and what we can do form the start.”  

MotoGP 2018
Qualifying Round 18   Malaysia

Qualifying Classification

Wet
Pos. Rider Num Nation Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 Marquez Marc 93 SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 2'12.161* (Grid P7)
2 Zarco Johann 5 FRA Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 2'12.709
3 Rossi Valentino 46 ITA Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 2'13.009
4 Iannone Andrea 29 ITA Team Suzuki Ecstar Suzuki 2'13.097
5 Dovizioso Andrea 4 ITA Ducati Team Ducati 2'13.183
6 Miller Jack 43 AUS Alma Pramac Racing Ducati 2'13.274
7 Petrucci Danilo 9 ITA Alma Pramac Racing Ducati 2'13.413
8 Rins Alex 42 SPA Team Suzuki Ecstar Suzuki 2'13.463
9 Bautista Alvaro 19 SPA Ducati Team Ducati 2'14.185
10 Pedrosa Dani 26 SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 2'14.443
11 Vinales Maverick 25 SPA Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 2'14.856
12 Espargaro Aleix 41 SPA Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia 2'15.340
13 Redding Scott 45 GBR Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia 2'13.786
14 Pirro Michele 51 ITA Ducati Team Ducati 2'13.823
15 Simeon Xavier 10 BEL Reale Avintia Racing Ducati 2'13.971
16 Espargaro Pol 44 SPA Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 2'14.132
17 Smith Bradley 38 GBR Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 2'14.332
18 Luthi Tom 12 SWI EG 0,0 Marc VDS Honda 2'14.843
19 Morbidelli Franco 21 ITA EG 0,0 Marc VDS Honda 2'14.994
20 Bradl Stefan 6 GER LCR Honda Honda 2'15.364
21 Abraham Karel 17 CZE Angel Nieto Team Ducati 2'15.679
22 Nakagami Takaaki 30 JPN LCR Honda Honda 2'16.558
23 Syahrin Hafizh 55 MAL Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 2'16.825
24 Torres Jordi 81 SPA Reale Avintia Racing Ducati 2'01.940 (FP2)
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)