An energetic start to the Malaysian GP saw both Marc Marquez and Pol Espargaro settle into safe point-scoring positions on a Sunday full of risk.
Predicted thunderstorms did not arrive at the Sepang International Circuit and the 20-lap MotoGP race got underway as clouds filled the sky and the air hung heavy with humidity. From the front row of the grid, Marc Marquez made an impressive initial launch before losing positions into the tight and treacherous Turn 1.
The #93 sat with the leading group for the opening laps and protected his position in the top five. By lap seven he became entangled in a brawl with both Suzuki riders and Bezzecchi, the eight-time World Champion holding the trio off as Miller approached. Their battle for fifth place would carry on until the end of the race with Marquez crossing the line in seventh place, his fourth straight top-ten finish since returning from injury.
Further back, Pol Espargaro made an equally strong start to the race and immediately made up the ground lost due to his penalty from FP1. Like his teammate, Espargaro fought hard in the opening laps to protect his early gains and settled into his rhythm fighting for the remaining points. Taking the flag in 14th, the #44 leaves the flyaways with two more points and prepares for his swansong on the Honda RC213V in Valencia.
Race day was marked by the remembrance ceremony for Red Bull co-founder Dietrich Mateschitz who sadly passed away.
Now just a single race awaits before the demanding 2022 MotoGP World Championship season comes to an end. A final push for the Repsol Honda Team before preparations for the 2023 season fully consume the team and a chance to enjoy a final race with Pol Espargaro in Repsol Honda Team colours.
Malaysian Grand Prix - Race Results
|1||Bagnaia Francesco||62||ITA||25||Ducati Lenovo Team||Ducati||40'14.332|
|2||Bastianini Enea||23||ITA||20||Team Gresini Racing MotoGP||Ducati||0.270|
|3||Quartararo Fabio||20||FRA||16||Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP||Yamaha||2.773|
|4||Bezzecchi Marco||73||ITA||13||Mooney VR46 Racing Team||Ducati||5.446|
|5||Rins Alex||42||SPA||11||Team Suzuki Ecstar||Suzuki||11.923|
|6||Miller Jack||43||AUS||10||Ducati Lenovo Team||Ducati||13.472|
|7||Marquez Marc||93||SPA||9||Repsol Honda Team||Honda||14.304|
|8||Binder Brad||33||RSA||8||Red Bull KTM Factory Racing||KTM||16.805|
|9||Zarco Johann||5||FRA||7||Pramac Racing||Ducati||18.358|
|10||Espargaro Aleix||41||SPA||6||Aprilia Racing||Aprilia||21.591|
|11||Morbidelli Franco||21||ITA||5||Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP||Yamaha||23.235|
|12||Crutchlow Cal||35||GBR||4||WithU Yamaha RNF MotoGP Team||Yamaha||24.641|
|13||Oliveira Miguel||88||POR||3||Red Bull KTM Factory Racing||KTM||24.918|
|14||Espargaro Pol||44||SPA||2||Repsol Honda Team||Honda||25.586|
|15||Fernandez Raul||25||SPA||1||RNF MotoGP Team||Aprilia||27.039|
|16||Vinales Maverick||12||SPA||0||Aprilia Racing||Aprilia||30.427|
|17||Marquez Alex||73||SPA||0||LCR Honda||Honda||33.322|
|18||Gardner Remy||87||AUS||0||Tech 3 KTM Factory Racing||KTM||33.691|
|19||Mir Joan||36||SPA||0||Team Suzuki Ecstar||Suzuki||41.838|
|20||Binder Darryn||40||RSA||0||WithU Yamaha RNF MotoGP Team||Yamaha||DNF|
|21||Di Giannantonio Fabio||49||ITA||0||Team Gresini Racing MotoGP||Ducati||DNF|
|22||Martin Jorge||89||SPA||0||Pramac Racing||Ducati||DNF|
|23||Nagashima Tetsuta||45||JPN||0||LCR Honda||Honda||DNF|
|24||Marini Luca||10||ITA||0||Mooney VR46 Racing Team||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 57.790s (169.4km/h) Jorge Martin (Ducati, 2022)|
|Race Lap||1m 59.661s (166.7km/h) Valentino Rossi (Yamaha, 2019)|
|Race Time||40m 14.332s (165.3 km/h) Francesco Bagnaia (Ducati,2022)|
|2022 Race Winner||Francesco Bagnaia (Ducati)|