Repsol Honda’s Dani Pedrosa took a fantastic pole position for tomorrow’s Malaysian GP—his third this year, his 31st in MotoGP, and the 49th in his career.

After struggling in the wet on Friday, Dani was able to consistently improve his pace in today’s sunny and hot conditions, setting the third fastest lap time in FP3 and the fifth quickest in FP4 before besting Johann Zarco and Andrea Dovizioso by 0.017” and 0.024”, respectively, in the last minute of an incredibly hard-fought qualifying session.

After ending FP3 in ninth place, Championship leader Marc Marquez found a good pace in FP4, securing the top spot. He also once again demonstrated his unbelievable bike control, saving a front-end slide in turn one, although he was subsequently unlucky in qualifying, crashing at turn 15 during his first flying lap, on which he had been setting the fastest lap as he entered the third sector.

He immediately returned to the garage, mounted his second bike, and recorded what at the moment was the third fastest time. He improved again on his last run, but not enough, and had to settle for the seventh spot on the grid despite having the pace and speed to run at the front.

Tomorrow’s race will begin at 3 p.m. local time.

Dani Pedrosa

Pole 1'59.212

“I’m very happy with this pole, which is our third this year. It’s a nice feeling because I usually struggle in qualifying, but the track improved a lot with today’s sunny conditions, offering good grip. Both tyres worked very well in qualifying, so I was able to find the rhythm on my first flying lap and set a good time, and then I pushed harder and improved on my second run. I made a couple of little mistakes but it was enough for the pole, which is fantastic. I’m happy for the team, as this pole is for them. We’ll have to see what the conditions are like for the race as we’re still struggling in the wet, so we’re really hoping for the sun tomorrow.”

Marc Marquez

7th 1'59.694

“We’re not at our best at the moment, but I think our race pace is better then our qualifying position. This morning we made a small mistake with the setup and lost the direction a little bit. Then we sorted things out and I felt really good on the bike again in FP4, but in qualifying I crashed on my first run, which completely changed our plans. I had to take my second bike but I didn’t feel perfect on it, so I did a lap that was good but not good enough. Anyway, we’re not happy with today but not completely disappointed either, as our pace isn’t bad. Tomorrow we’ll try and have a good race. It won’t be easy because here, every time you go on track the feeling is different, depending on temperature, if it rains or not, and so on, so we’ll see what it’s like tomorrow and do our best, like always.”

MotoGP 2017
Qualifying Round 17   Malaysia

Qualifying Results

Sunny
Humidity
47%
Track Temp
49°C
Air Temp
34°C
Pos. Rider Num Nation Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 Pedrosa Dani 26 SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 1'59.212
2 Zarco Johann 5 FRA Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 0.017
3 Dovizioso Andrea 4 ITA Ducati Team Ducati 0.024
4 Rossi Valentino 46 ITA Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 0.286
5 Vinales Maverick 25 SPA Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 0.326
6 Lorenzo Jorge 99 SPA Ducati Team Ducati 0.410
7 Marquez Marc 93 SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 0.482
8 Rins Alex 42 SPA Team Suzuki Ecstar Suzuki 0.780
9 Iannone Andrea 29 ITA Team Suzuki Ecstar Suzuki 0.907
10 Crutchlow Cal 35 GBR LCR Honda Honda 0.969
11 Miller Jack 43 AUS Octo Pramac Racing Ducati 1.114
12 Espargaro Pol 44 SPA Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 1.558
13 Petrucci Danilo 9 ITA Octo Pramac Racing Ducati 2'00.351 Q1
14 Redding Scott 45 GBR Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia 2'00.451 Q1
15 Bautista Alvaro 19 SPA Pull&Bear Aspar Team Ducati 2'00.469 Q1
16 Smith Bradley 38 GBR Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 2'00.718 Q1
17 Baz Loris 76 FRA Reale Avintia Racing Ducati 2'01.050 Q1
18 Lowes Sam 22 GBR Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia 2'01.207 Q1
19 Rabat Tito 53 SPA Reale Avintia Racing Ducati 2'01.228 Q1
20 Barbera Hector 8 SPA Reale Avintia Racing Ducati 2'01.413 Q1
21 Abraham Karel 17 CZE Pull&Bear Aspar Team Ducati 2'01.570 Q1
22 Van Der Mark Michael 60 NDL Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 2'02.376 Q1
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 which also houses a hotel, shopping centre, golf course and other sports facilities cost around £50m to construct and was built in just 14 months, holding its… 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 37.691s (163.7 km/h) Dani Pedrosa (Honda, 2015)
2017 Race Winner Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati)