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.
|1||Marquez Marc||93||SPA||Repsol Honda Team||Honda||2'12.161* (Grid P7)|
|2||Zarco Johann||5||FRA||Red Bull KTM Factory Racing||KTM||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||Mission Winnow Ducati||Ducati||2'13.183|
|6||Miller Jack||43||AUS||Pramac Racing||Ducati||2'13.274|
|7||Petrucci Danilo||9||ITA||Pramac Racing||Ducati||2'13.413|
|8||Rins Alex||42||SPA||Team Suzuki Ecstar||Suzuki||2'13.463|
|9||Bautista Alvaro||19||SPA||Angel Nieto 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||Mission Winnow Ducati||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)|
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 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)|