Dani Pedrosa has taken back-to-back wins in the Malaysian Grand Prix after an emphatic win with teammate, and Championship Leader, Marc Marquez in 2nd, celebrating the team’s fifth 1-2 finish of the season.
Dani, starting from 5th on the gird, climbed up to 2nd position by turn one with Marc slipping back to 3rd. Lorenzo led the charging pack followed closely by Dani, Marc, Rossi and Bautista, with just milliseconds separating the five riders, Marc set a new fastest lap on lap two with 2’01.415 (breaking Casey Stoner’s time of 2’02.108 from 2007).
At the end of lap five Dani launched his attack and passed Lorenzo taking the lead. Marc attempted to follow Dani and briefly passed Lorenzo at the beginning of lap six before being passed again – almost immediately – and initiating an epic battle between the two Spaniards. They exchanged positions several times until Marc finally made it stick on lap nine and began to open up a gap.
At this point Dani had already put some space between him and the others and was comfortably in the lead. Marc chose the safe option and didn’t try to chase down his teammate – instead settling for twenty vital Championship points, extending his lead over Lorenzo to 43, and 54 to Dani with three races remaining.
|1||Pedrosa Dani||26||SPA||25||Repsol Honda Team||Honda||40'45.191|
|2||Marquez Marc||93||SPA||20||Repsol Honda Team||Honda||+2.757|
|3||Lorenzo Jorge||99||SPA||16||Movistar Yamaha MotoGP||Yamaha||+6.669|
|4||Rossi Valentino||46||ITA||13||Movistar Yamaha MotoGP||Yamaha||+10.351|
|5||Bautista Alvaro||19||SPA||11||Go & Fun Honda Gresini||Honda||+22.149|
|6||Crutchlow Cal||35||GBR||10||Monster Yamaha Tech 3||Yamaha||+22.301|
|7||Smith Bradley||38||GBR||9||Monster Yamaha Tech 3||Yamaha||+30.864|
|8||Dovizioso Andrea||4||ITA||8||Ducati Team||Ducati||+45.111|
|9||Espargaro Aleix||41||SPA||7||Power Electronics Aspar||ART||+59.264|
|10||Hernandez Yonny||COL||6||Pramac Racing||Ducati||+1'01.417|
|11||Aoyama Hiroshi||7||JPN||5||Avintia Blusens||FTR||+1'03.665|
|12||De Puniet Randy||14||FRA||4||Power Electronics Aspar||ART||+1'14.256|
|13||Corti Claudio||71||ITA||3||Athina Forward Racing||FTR-Kawasaki||+1'21.603|
|14||Barbera Hector||8||SPA||2||Avintia Blusens||FTR||+1'27.976|
|15||Edwards Colin||5||USA||1||Athina Forward Racing||FTR-Kawasaki||+1'29.442|
|16||Petrucci Danilo||9||ITA||0||Came IodaRacing Project||IODA-SUTER||+1'29.551|
|17||Scassa Luca||23||ITA||0||AB Motoracing||ART||+1'47.930|
|18||Staring Bryan||67||AUS||0||Go & Fun Honda Gresini||FTR-Honda||+1'52.927|
|19||Laverty Michael||70||GBR||0||Paul Bird Motorsport||PBM||DNF|
|20||Pesek Lukas||52||CZE||0||Came IodaRacing Project||IODA-SUTER||DNF|
|22||Cudlin Damian||50||AUS||0||Paul Bird Motorsport||PBM||DNF|
|23||Iannone Andrea||29||ITA||0||Pramac Racing||Ducati||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)|