With hot temperatures and poor visibility – caused by the haze caused by agricultural fires in Indonesia – it’s been a tough start to the Malaysian GP. However, Repsol Honda’s Dani Pedrosa and Marc Marquez began strong this morning – Dani topping the FP1 session with his time of 2’00.412 (lap 3/16) and Marc just 0.324 seconds off him in third with his time of 2’00.736 (lap 3/17).

In this afternoon’s FP2 temperatures rose to 35ºC in the afternoon (from 30ºC) and the track temperature rose to 47ºC (from 33ºC). With the lack of any rain in recent weeks and with more rubber on the track, most riders were able to better their times. Dani finished the day second in the combined times with his time of 2’00.293 (lap 17/18) – just 0.047 off Lorenzo – and Marc finished third with his lap of 2’00.472 (lap 13/16).

Dani Pedrosa

2nd 2'00.293

"Today we had the first practice sessions in Sepang and we focused our work on tyre testing and setting up the bike. We mainly used the day to see what shape the track was in and understand if the testing we did here in the Winter would be a help to us or not, and now we need to continue analysing with the team to see which is the most suitable race tyre for Sunday."

Marc Marquez

3rd 2'00.472

"It’s true that we’ve all tested here, but now it’s completely different. We are working to adapt the setup of the bike to this circuit, although we went out with the base we used in the test and it was not too bad. It seems that the grip is still not the best, as happened last year, but we are working hard and I think that we will gradually improve. The important thing is that we are close to Jorge and Dani, who are the ones with the best pace. Let's see if tomorrow we can take that step forward and get the one tenth that I need to be up there with them."

MotoGP 2015
Practice Round 17   Malaysia

Results Session

Hazy
Humidity
48%
Track Temp
47°C
Air Temp
35°C
Pos. Rider Num Nation Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 Lorenzo Jorge 99 SPA Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 2'00.246
2 Pedrosa Dani 26 SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 2'00.293
3 Marquez Marc 93 SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 2'00.472
4 Iannone Andrea 29 ITA Ducati Team Ducati 2'00.486
5 Rossi Valentino 46 ITA Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 2'00.915
6 Crutchlow Cal 35 GBR CWM LCR Honda Honda 2'00.039
7 Espargaro Aleix 41 SPA Team Suzuki Ecstar Suzuki 2'00.058
8 Dovizioso Andrea 4 ITA Ducati Team Ducati 2'00.127
9 Redding Scott 45 GBR EG 0,0 Marc VDS Honda 2'00.218
10 Petrucci Danilo 9 ITA Pramac Racing Ducati 2'00.598
11 Barbera Hector 8 SPA Avintia Racing Ducati 2'00.616
12 Vinales Maverick 25 SPA Team Suzuki Ecstar Suzuki 2'00.796
13 Espargaro Pol 44 SPA Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 2'00.850
14 Smith Bradley 38 GBR Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 2'02.101
15 Bradl Stefan 6 GER Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia 2'02.118
16 Laverty Eugene 50 IRE Aspar Team Honda 2'02.426
18 Hernandez Yonny 68 COL Pramac Racing Ducati 2'02.554
19 Bautista Alvaro 19 SPA Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia 2'02.626
20 Miller Jack 43 AUS LCR Honda Honda 2'03.136
21 Di Meglio Mike 63 FRA Avintia Racing Ducati 2'03.394
22 Baz Loris 76 FRA Athina Forward Racing Forward Yamaha 2'03.429
23 Elias Toni 24 SPA Athina Forward Racing Forward Yamaha 2'03.710
24 West Anthony 13 AUS AB Motoracing Honda 2'04.892
25 Cudlin Damian 55 AUS E-Motion IodaRacing Team ART 2'06.962
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 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
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)