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.
|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||Marc VDS Racing Team||Honda||1.114|
|12||Espargaro Pol||44||SPA||Red Bull KTM Factory Racing||Yamaha||1.558|
|13||Petrucci Danilo||9||ITA||Octo Pramac Racing||Ducati||2'00.351 Q1|
|14||Redding Scott||45||GBR||Octo Pramac Racing||Ducati||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||Marc VDS Racing Team||Honda||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|
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)|