Pole man Dani Pedrosa led every lap of today’s Malaysian GP to take his second win of the season and seal the hat-trick of victories for the Repsol Honda Team in the fly away races. Unfortunately teammate Marc Marquez was involved in an incident with Valentino Rossi and crashed out on lap five.
Dani made a strong start off the line with Marc closely behind him however, after a small mistake on lap two Marc was passed by Lorenzo in turn four demoting him to third place and in front of Rossi. As Dani took control at the front, Marc and Rossi fought fiercely for third place and on lap four the two riders passed each other nine times, with Marc leading as they began lap five.
Again they battled and passed one another five times with Rossi in front as they exited turn thirteen. With Marc on the outside, Rossi slowed them both down into turn fourteen and then extended his leg into Marc’s bike causing him to crash. Dani remained untouchable at the front, winning comfortably with a margin of 3.6 seconds over Lorenzo.
After the podium ceremony, Rossi and Marc were called to Race Direction for a hearing. Their decision – after speaking with both riders – was to give three penalty points to Valentino, resulting in him starting the final race of the season from the back of the grid, as he already has one penalty point after an incident in Misano. Yamaha appealed this decision and the FIM had their own hearing with both riders but the appeal was declined and the penalty stands.
With his victory, Dani moves up into 4th in the Championship Standings with just one race of 2015 remaining in Valencia.
|1||Pedrosa Dani||26||SPA||25||Repsol Honda Team||Honda||40'37.691|
|2||Lorenzo Jorge||99||SPA||20||Movistar Yamaha MotoGP||Yamaha||+3.612|
|3||Rossi Valentino||46||ITA||16||Movistar Yamaha MotoGP||Yamaha||+13.724|
|4||Smith Bradley||38||GBR||13||Monster Yamaha Tech 3||Yamaha||+23.995|
|5||Crutchlow Cal||35||GBR||11||CWM LCR Honda||Honda||+28.721|
|6||Petrucci Danilo||9||ITA||10||Pramac Racing||Ducati||+36.372|
|7||Espargaro Aleix||41||SPA||9||Team Suzuki Ecstar||Suzuki||+39.290|
|8||Vinales Maverick||25||SPA||8||Team Suzuki Ecstar||Suzuki||+39.436|
|9||Espargaro Pol||44||SPA||7||Monster Yamaha Tech 3||Yamaha||+42.462|
|10||Bradl Stefan||6||GER||6||Aprilia Racing Team Gresini||Aprilia||+44.601|
|11||Redding Scott||45||GBR||5||EG 0,0 Marc VDS||Honda||+47.690|
|12||Hernandez Yonny||68||COL||4||Pramac Racing||Ducati||+52.112|
|13||Barbera Hector||8||SPA||3||Avintia Racing||Ducati||+52.360|
|14||Elias Toni||24||SPA||2||Athina Forward Racing||Forward Yamaha||+53.619|
|15||Bautista Alvaro||19||SPA||1||Aprilia Racing Team Gresini||Aprilia||+53.631|
|17||Miller Jack||43||AUS||0||LCR Honda||Honda||+1'02.828|
|18||Di Meglio Mike||63||FRA||0||Avintia Racing||Ducati||+1'05.075|
|19||Laverty Eugene||50||IRE||0||Aspar Team||Honda||+1'09.877|
|20||West Anthony||13||AUS||0||AB Motoracing||Honda||+1'24.749|
|21||Dovizioso Andrea||4||ITA||0||Mission Winnow Ducati||Ducati||DNF|
|22||Marquez Marc||93||SPA||0||Repsol Honda Team||Honda||DNF|
|23||Baz Loris||76||FRA||0||Athina Forward Racing||Forward Yamaha||DNF|
|24||Iannone Andrea||29||ITA||0||Mission Winnow Ducati||Ducati||DNF|
|25||Cudlin Damian||55||AUS||0||E-Motion IodaRacing Team||ART||DNF|
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)|