2023’s end looms large as just three more Grands Prix are left on the longest MotoGP season to date, the Repsol Honda Team ready to work until the end.

Round 18 begins the final push of the 2023, one last triple header to conclude an intense year. The familiar Sepang International Circuit will kick off this last stint, its 5.54 kilometers familiar to the entirety of the grid after multiple years of pre-season testing at the venue. This offers not only a chance to work from the setup found at the test, but also to clearly benchmark the changes and progress since February.

Marc Marquez lands in Malaysia off the back of progressive weekends, scoring a steady run of points since Misano. Following this trend of putting together consistent weekends and pushing when rewards are at their greatest will again be Marquez’s modus operandi for the Malaysian GP weekend. The #93 has twice taken premier class victory in Sepang and has finished on the podium an additional two times.

On the other side of the Repsol Honda Team garage, Joan Mir arrives in Sepang with ambitions of continuing his upward trajectory. Each round of the most recent flyaways has seen Mir’s confidence and feeling with the Honda RC213V grow over race distance, the 2020 MotoGP World Champion regularly showing the same pace as the top five during the race. Qualifying remains the big area to work on for #36, a higher grid position will allow him to keep out of early trouble.

The 10-lap Sprint race is scheduled to start at 15:00 Local Time on Saturday, November 11 with the full-length 20-lap Grand Prix set for 15:00 on Sunday, November 12.

Marc Marquez

“Back to work and back for the last push of the year, it will be a very intense three races. The first one we face is Sepang, a circuit which always presents a challenge for us. We have been strong at a few of the last races, but I think honestly in Sepang it will be tough. The longer corners have been more difficult for us this year but of course we will keep on trying and seeing what’s possible. Let’s make sure it’s a good one and kickstart the end of 2023!”

Joan Mir

“Although the results on paper maybe don’t show it fully, we have been coming better and better over the last few weeks. Coming back to Malaysia, we have some information from the test but more than anything it will be a good opportunity to see how we have progressed since the start of the year. It’s another triple so we need to keep our focus and make the most of all the opportunities that present themselves to us.”

MotoGP 2023

Rider standings

Pos. Rider Num Nation Points Team Constructor
1 Bagnaia Francesco 1 ITA 389 Ducati Lenovo Team Ducati
2 Martin Jorge 89 SPA 376 Pramac Racing Ducati
3 Bezzecchi Marco 72 ITA 310 Mooney VR46 Racing Team Ducati
4 Binder Brad 33 RSA 249 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM
5 Espargaro Aleix 41 SPA 198 Aprilia Racing Aprilia
6 Zarco Johann 5 FRA 194 Pramac Racing Ducati
7 Vinales Maverick 12 SPA 170 Aprilia Racing Aprilia
8 Marini Luca 10 ITA 164 Mooney VR46 Racing Team Ducati
9 Quartararo Fabio 20 FRA 145 Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha
10 Miller Jack 43 AUS 144 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM
11 Marquez Alex 73 SPA 117 Team Gresini Racing MotoGP Ducati
12 Di Giannantonio Fabio 49 ITA 93 Team Gresini Racing MotoGP Ducati
13 Morbidelli Franco 21 ITA 84 Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha
14 Marquez Marc 93 SPA 81 Repsol Honda Team Honda
15 Oliveira Miguel 88 POR 76 RNF MotoGP Team Aprilia
16 Fernandez Augusto 37 SPA 67 Tech3 GASGAS Factory Racing KTM
17 Rins Alex 42 SPA 54 LCR Honda Honda
18 Nakagami Takaaki 30 JPN 52 LCR Honda Honda
19 Bastianini Enea 23 ITA 45 Ducati Lenovo Team Ducati
20 Fernandez Raul 25 SPA 40 RNF MotoGP Team Aprilia
21 Pedrosa Dani 26 SPA 32 KTM Test Team KTM
22 Mir Joan 36 SPA 24 Repsol Honda Team Honda
23 Espargaro Pol 44 SPA 12 Tech3 GASGAS Factory Racing KTM
24 Savadori Lorenzo 32 ITA 9 RNF MotoGP Team Aprilia
25 Folger Jonas 94 GER 9 Tech3 GASGAS Factory Racing KTM
26 Bradl Stefan 6 GER 8 Repsol Honda Team Honda
27 Petrucci Danilo 9 ITA 5 Ducati Lenovo Team Ducati
28 Pirro Michele 51 ITA 5 Ducati Lenovo Team Ducati
29 Crutchlow Cal 35 GBR 3 Yamaha Test Team Yamaha
30 Lecuona Iker 27 SPA 0 Repsol Honda Team Honda
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


Pole Position 1m 57.491s (169.8km/h) Francesco Bagnaia (Ducati, 2023)
Race Lap 1m 58.979s (167.7km/h) Alex Marquez (Ducati, 2023)
2023 Race Winner Enea Bastianini (Ducati)
2023 Sprint Winner Alex Marquez (Ducati)