Dani Pedrosa has taken an incredible pole position for tomorrow’s Malaysian GP – his first since Catalunya 2014 – and with it broken the current lap record by over seven tenths of a second. His teammate, Marc Marquez, secured second place on the grid, celebrating the team’s third 1-2 start of 2015 (also in Sachsenring, Indianapolis).
With most riders aiming aiming to complete three exits in qualifying, Dani decided on only two and waited before exiting the garage in order to have more space on track without traffic. He executed his plan perfectly, and on his first flying lap he broke the lap record with his time of 1’59.053 – beating the 2014 record by 0.738 seconds (1’59.791 – Marquez) – and six tenths faster than second place Marc.
Marc made a small mistake on his second run – lucky not to crash – and returned immediately to the garage. On his final run, he confirmed his second place on the grid bettering his time with 1’59.462 on his final lap. Dani was unable to top his first time, but still managed an impressive 1’59.431 on his second run.
Tomorrow’s race will begin at 15h00 local time.
|1||Pedrosa Dani||26||SPA||Repsol Honda Team||Honda||1'59.053|
|2||Marquez Marc||93||SPA||Repsol Honda Team||Honda||1'59.462|
|3||Rossi Valentino||46||ITA||Movistar Yamaha MotoGP||Yamaha||1'59.726|
|4||Lorenzo Jorge||99||SPA||Movistar Yamaha MotoGP||Yamaha||1'59.737|
|5||Crutchlow Cal||35||GBR||CWM LCR Honda||Honda||2'00.199|
|6||Iannone Andrea||29||ITA||Ducati Team||Ducati||2'00.224|
|7||Dovizioso Andrea||4||ITA||Ducati Team||Ducati||2'00.423|
|8||Vinales Maverick||25||SPA||Team Suzuki Ecstar||Suzuki||2'00.478|
|9||Smith Bradley||38||GBR||Monster Yamaha Tech 3||Yamaha||2'00.652|
|10||Barbera Hector||8||SPA||Avintia Racing||Ducati||2'00.724|
|11||Espargaro Aleix||41||SPA||Team Suzuki Ecstar||Suzuki||2'00.724|
|12||Espargaro Pol||44||SPA||Monster Yamaha Tech 3||Yamaha||2'00.794|
|13||Petrucci Danilo||9||ITA||Pramac Racing||Ducati||2'01.223|
|14||Bradl Stefan||6||GER||Aprilia Racing Team Gresini||Aprilia||2'01.346|
|15||Redding Scott||45||GBR||EG 0,0 Marc VDS||Honda||2'01.367|
|16||Miller Jack||43||AUS||LCR Honda||Honda||2'01.725|
|17||Bautista Alvaro||19||SPA||Aprilia Racing Team Gresini||Aprilia||2'01.727|
|18||Hernandez Yonny||68||COL||Pramac Racing||Ducati||2'01.748|
|20||Baz Loris||76||FRA||Athina Forward Racing||Forward Yamaha||2'01.862|
|21||Elias Toni||24||SPA||Athina Forward Racing||Forward Yamaha||2'02.415|
|22||Laverty Eugene||50||IRE||Aspar Team||Honda||2'02.460|
|23||Di Meglio Mike||63||FRA||Avintia Racing||Ducati||2'02.964|
|24||West Anthony||13||AUS||AB Motoracing||Honda||2'03.855|
|25||Cudlin Damian||55||AUS||E-Motion IodaRacing Team||ART||2'06.051|
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)|