After enjoying the enthusiastic embrace of the Repsol Honda Team’s Indonesian fans during a visit to Jakarta on Tuesday, 2016 World Champion Marc Marquez has flown to Sepang for the Malaysia GP, the last race of the triple-header and the penultimate round of the season.
Sepang International Circuit is very well known by MotoGP riders because the first pre-season tests traditionally take pace there, but this year the circuit underwent a major renovation between February and May. The resurfacing and upgrading project involved the entire 5.543 km track; while the paddock facilities also have been renovated.
Marquez has been victorious at Sepang in 2014 (MotoGP) and 2010 (125cc), and he was second in 2013 (MotoGP).
Meanwhile, Dani Pedrosa, who won here last year, is recovering from the right-collarbone fracture he sustained during FP2 in Japan, and from the subsequent operation that he underwent in Barcelona. On Monday he had a check-up that showed the fracture to his collarbone is healing well, as are his right fibula and the fourth metatarsal on his left foot, which he also fractured. While Dani continues his rehab at home, 2009 250cc World Champion and Honda tester Hiroshi Aoyama, who has won twice at Sepang (2007, 2009 in 250cc), will replace him in Malaysia.
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)|