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What a crazy crash filled race we saw at PIsland. MM93 with a massive lead only to crash out. Poor Cal :( We are now at a Honda Fav track, im sure both Marc and Dani will be out for redemption. So happy to see Vale winning again!!:thumbup:

Circuit info
Length: 5.543 m / 3.444 miles
Width: 25m
Left corners: 5
Right corners: 10
Longest straight: 920 m / 0.572 miles
Constructed: 1998


Introduction: 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 which also houses a hotel, shopping centre, golf course and other sports facilities 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 worldwide.
With four slow corners following two long straights and ten medium to high-speed corners, the wide track is particularly favourable to overtaking manoeuvres and plenty of open throttle. One of the longest laps in MotoGP is made all the more gruelling for riders by intense heat and humidity. Sepang is located around 50km south of Kuala Lumpur city.


Records:
Fastest Lap 2013 Jorge LORENZO (SPA) Yamaha 1'27.899 182.1 km/h
Circuit Record 2013 Marc MARQUEZ (SPA) Honda 1'28.108 181.7 km/h
Best Pole 2013 Jorge LORENZO (SPA) Yamaha 1'27.899 182.1 km/h
Top Speed 2013 Marc MARQUEZ (SPA) Honda 340.9 km/h

Current Points:
1 Marc MARQUEZ Honda SPA 312
2 Valentino ROSSI Yamaha ITA 255
3 Jorge LORENZO Yamaha SPA 247
4 Dani PEDROSA Honda SPA 230

5 Andrea DOVIZIOSO Ducati ITA 166
6 Aleix ESPARGARO Forward Yamaha SPA 117
7 Pol ESPARGARO Yamaha SPA 116
8 Bradley SMITH Yamaha GBR 108
9 Andrea IANNONE Ducati ITA 102
10 Stefan BRADL Honda GER 96
11 Alvaro BAUTISTA Honda SPA 89
12 Scott REDDING Honda GBR 69
13 Cal CRUTCHLOW Ducati GBR 63
14 Hiroshi AOYAMA Honda JPN 62
15 Nicky HAYDEN Honda USA 44
16 Yonny HERNANDEZ Ducati COL 44
17 Karel ABRAHAM Honda CZE 33
18 Hector BARBERA Ducati SPA 14
19 Alex DE ANGELIS Forward Yamaha RSM 14
20 Danilo PETRUCCI ART ITA 13
21 Colin EDWARDS Forward Yamaha USA 11
22 Michele PIRRO Ducati ITA 11
23 Broc PARKES PBM AUS 7
24 Mike DI MEGLIO Avintia FRA 6
25 Michael LAVERTY PBM GBR 5
26 Katsuyuki NAKASUGA Yamaha JPN 4
27 Leon CAMIER Honda GBR 1

Google Maps: https://maps.google.ca/maps?hl=en-CA&gbv=2&um=1&ie=UTF-8&fb=1&gl=ca&cid=13311540428874111575&q=sepang+circuit&sa=X&ei=2GtGVICvB6bjsASi-YKQCw&ved=0CBQQtQMwAA&output=classic&dg=brw



 

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Rossi on a high in second as Marquez looks to win again
It is Marquez’s hunger for victory which drove him to this year’s title in fine style with 10 wins from the opening 10 rounds, though since then he has added just the one further triumph at Silverstone and has now gone four races without a win. Marquez still has the chance to match - and eclipse - Mick Doohan’s record from 1997 for most premier class GP wins in a single season of 12 victories.

Last year at Sepang Marquez was second in the race behind his Honda colleague Dani Pedrosa and he will aim to go one better this time.

Another rider who knows all about winning is Movistar Yamaha MotoGP’s remarkable nine time World Champion Rossi who delighted his fans at Phillip Island with his 82nd premier class victory in his 250th race in the top category of Grand Prix competition.

It was also Rossi’s 108th win across all classes and the 25 points from Australia helped him to move clear in second place in the World Championship. Rossi leads Lorenzo by eight points with two rounds remaining.

Lorenzo described his result in Australia as the luckiest second place of his career as his pace dropped in the second half of the race, but his rostrum appearance was the eighth consecutive podium of an excellent recent run.

Last year’s Sepang race winner Pedrosa was unlucky on Sunday at Phillip Island as his efforts came to en early end after he was hit by Andrea Iannone and was forced to retire. That DNF result saw Pedrosa slip to fourth in the standings, 25-points adrift of second placed Rossi.

Fifth overall ahead of the Shell Advance Malaysian Motorcycle Grand Prix is the ever-consistent Andrea Dovizioso who stayed upright in Australia to take fourth, with nine riders in total unable to finish the race – including his Ducati Team colleague Cal Crutchlow who went down on the last lap with second place looking almost guaranteed.

Monster Yamaha Tech 3’s Bradley Smith got his first MotoGP™ podium at round 16 and has forced his way back into the battle for sixth in the standings. That third place Phillip Island result took Smith up to eighth overall above Pramac Racing’s Iannone and LCR Honda MotoGP’s Stefan Bradl – both of whom aim to bounce back in Malaysia after their respective mistakes on Sunday.

Smith is now also only nine points behind sixth placed Aleix Espargaro (NGM Forward Racing) and eight adrift of his Tech 3 teammate, Aleix’s brother, Pol Espargaro – with the Spanish siblings also suffering Australian DNFs.

The first premier class practice session at Sepang will start at 9.55am local time (GMT +8) on Friday morning.
 

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All times are Easter Time Zone:
23 October 2014

Moto3FP1
21:00 - 21:40
MotoGPFP1
21:55 - 22:40
Moto2FP1
22:55 - 23:40
Moto3FP2
(Fri) 01:10 - 01:50
MotoGPFP2
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Moto2FP2
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24 October 2014

Moto3FP3
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MotoGPFP3
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Moto2FP3
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Moto3QP
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MotoGPFP4
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MotoGPQ1
02:10 - 02:25
MotoGPQ2
02:35 - 02:50
Moto2QP
03:05 - 03:50

25 October 2014

Moto3WUP
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Moto2WUP
22:10 - 22:30
MotoGPWUP
22:40 - 23:00
Moto3RAC
(Sun) 01:00
Moto2RAC
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FP1 Results:
1 26 Dani PEDROSA SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 322.5 2'01.379
2 41 Aleix ESPARGARO SPA NGM Forward Racing Forward Yamaha 316.7 2'01.393 0.014 / 0.014
3 99 Jorge LORENZO SPA Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 321.6 2'01.416 0.037 / 0.023
4 93 Marc MARQUEZ SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 326.7 2'01.670 0.291 / 0.254
5 6 Stefan BRADL GER LCR Honda MotoGP Honda 321.9 2'01.716 0.337 / 0.046
6 46 Valentino ROSSI ITA Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 323.6 2'01.842 0.463 / 0.126
7 4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO ITA Ducati Team Ducati 323.0 2'01.971 0.592 / 0.129
8 35 Cal CRUTCHLOW GBR Ducati Team Ducati 321.9 2'02.171 0.792 / 0.200
9 68 Yonny HERNANDEZ COL Energy T.I. Pramac Racing Ducati 322.6 2'02.209 0.830 / 0.038
10 44 Pol ESPARGARO SPA Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 322.1 2'02.248 0.869 / 0.039
11 29 Andrea IANNONE ITA Pramac Racing Ducati 320.4 2'02.597 1.218 / 0.349
12 38 Bradley SMITH GBR Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 321.3 2'02.627 1.248 / 0.030
13 19 Alvaro BAUTISTA SPA GO&FUN Honda Gresini Honda 322.0 2'02.722 1.343 / 0.095
14 7 Hiroshi AOYAMA JPN Drive M7 Aspar Honda 314.9 2'02.847 1.468 / 0.125
15 45 Scott REDDING GBR GO&FUN Honda Gresini Honda 309.3 2'02.898 1.519 / 0.051
16 17 Karel ABRAHAM CZE Cardion AB Motoracing Honda 310.5 2'02.935 1.556 / 0.037
17 8 Hector BARBERA SPA Avintia Racing Ducati 320.6 2'03.220 1.841 / 0.285
18 69 Nicky HAYDEN USA Drive M7 Aspar Honda 312.1 2'03.787 2.408 / 0.567
19 15 Alex DE ANGELIS RSM NGM Forward Racing Forward Yamaha 309.6 2'04.454 3.075 / 0.667
20 70 Michael LAVERTY GBR Paul Bird Motorsport PBM 308.8 2'04.553 3.174 / 0.099
21 9 Danilo PETRUCCI ITA Octo IodaRacing Team ART 307.0 2'04.658 3.279 / 0.105
22 63 Mike DI MEGLIO FRA Avintia Racing Avintia 305.6 2'05.007 3.628 / 0.349
23 23 Broc PARKES AUS Paul Bird Motorsport PBM 304.6 2'06.195 4.816 / 1.188


FP2 Results:
1 99 Jorge LORENZO SPA Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 303.6 2'14.503
2 93 Marc MARQUEZ SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 300.5 2'14.745 0.242 / 0.242
3 26 Dani PEDROSA SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 297.2 2'15.582 1.079 / 0.837
4 4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO ITA Ducati Team Ducati 292.6 2'16.231 1.728 / 0.649
5 41 Aleix ESPARGARO SPA NGM Forward Racing Forward Yamaha 302.7 2'16.374 1.871 / 0.143
6 8 Hector BARBERA SPA Avintia Racing Ducati 294.2 2'16.693 2.190 / 0.319
7 6 Stefan BRADL GER LCR Honda MotoGP Honda 289.2 2'16.706 2.203 / 0.013
8 29 Andrea IANNONE ITA Pramac Racing Ducati 280.2 2'16.793 2.290 / 0.087
9 69 Nicky HAYDEN USA Drive M7 Aspar Honda 295.2 2'16.868 2.365 / 0.075
10 35 Cal CRUTCHLOW GBR Ducati Team Ducati 302.6 2'16.906 2.403 / 0.038
11 17 Karel ABRAHAM CZE Cardion AB Motoracing Honda 301.5 2'17.259 2.756 / 0.353
12 68 Yonny HERNANDEZ COL Energy T.I. Pramac Racing Ducati 311.3 2'17.384 2.881 / 0.125
13 7 Hiroshi AOYAMA JPN Drive M7 Aspar Honda 291.4 2'17.411 2.908 / 0.027
14 19 Alvaro BAUTISTA SPA GO&FUN Honda Gresini Honda 296.9 2'17.434 2.931 / 0.023
15 46 Valentino ROSSI ITA Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 296.4 2'18.022 3.519 / 0.588
16 44 Pol ESPARGARO SPA Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 307.4 2'18.043 3.540 / 0.021
17 38 Bradley SMITH GBR Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 293.7 2'18.544 4.041 / 0.501
18 15 Alex DE ANGELIS RSM NGM Forward Racing Forward Yamaha 290.6 2'18.662 4.159 / 0.118
19 70 Michael LAVERTY GBR Paul Bird Motorsport PBM 287.2 2'19.151 4.648 / 0.489
20 9 Danilo PETRUCCI ITA Octo IodaRacing Team ART 291.7 2'19.301 4.798 / 0.150
21 45 Scott REDDING GBR GO&FUN Honda Gresini Honda 293.5 2'19.726 5.223 / 0.425
22 63 Mike DI MEGLIO FRA Avintia Racing Avintia 291.7 2'20.725 6.222 / 0.999
23 23 Broc PARKES AUS Paul Bird Motorsport PBM 275.0 2'20.781 6.278 / 0.056
 

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Pedrosa’s morning time tops Friday timesheets
In a wet afternoon outing Lorenzo led the way from Marc Marquez, with Pedrosa, Andrea Dovizioso and Aleix Espargaro also in FP2 the top five.

But the FP1 times set in the dry are what counts on the combined timesheets which contribute to the provisional Q2 automatic participation spots. Pedrosa (Repsol Honda Team) set a 2’01.379 lap to give him the lead in FP1.

Espargaro (NGM Forward Racing) trailed by just 0.014s in second place, whilst Lorenzo (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP) was just 0.037s down on Pedrosa in third and Marquez (Repsol Honda Team) was fourth in the morning run.

Stefan Bradl (LCR Honda MotoGP), Valentino Rossi (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP), Dovizioso (Ducati Team), Cal Crutchlow (Ducati Team), Yonny Hernandez (Energy T.I. Pramac Racing) and Pol Espargaro (Monster Yamaha Tech3) completed Friday’s top ten.
 

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Iannone recovering from Friday practice crash
In the morning session in the dry Iannone struggled to somewhat due to the pain in his left hip from the crash in Sunday’s race in Australia. Iannone was in difficulty especially in right corners where he could not lean as he wanted.

During a wet-dry FP2 Iannone was involved in a contact with MotoGP™ World Champion Marquez. Iannone crashed after Marquez touched his left arm as the riders lapped the Sepang track in tricky conditions.

The Italian suffered a severe contusion to his left arm but will still try to get back on track on Saturday, hoping that medical treatment will take the maximum effect.

Marquez visited the Pramac Racing garage after the incident apologisingand admitting his error. Race Direction spoke to the riders but no further action was taken.

Iannone explained, “This morning I decided to start cautiously because of the pain that I have in the hip. I struggled to ride and I could not lean especially on the right side. Unfortunately, at the start of FP2 it started to rain not allowing me to improve. About the contact with Marquez, I don’t know what to say, I only felt a contact. Marc admitted the error and immediately came to apologise. I have the tricep and the elbow very swollen and I hope to get back on track tomorrow.”

Marquez acknowledged, “I went immediately to apologise. I passed Dani (Pedrosa) at turn 14 and saw Andrea (Iannone) still very far away. I hit the brakes as always, he seemed slower, but actually he was entering the corner, except that at that point I had my line. So I was braking on the front and went straight and I hit him. I am very sorry for him.”
 

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Nasty high side for Pol Espargaro during FP3, resulting in a red flag and a broken foot. Hopefully, he'll be back soon, although supposedly there's a chance he'll race Sunday.
 

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FP3 Results:
1 26 Dani PEDROSA SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 328.7 2'00.454
2 99 Jorge LORENZO SPA Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 324.1 2'00.619 0.165 / 0.165
3 93 Marc MARQUEZ SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 327.3 2'00.663 0.209 / 0.044
4 4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO ITA Ducati Team Ducati 327.3 2'00.770 0.316 / 0.107
5 6 Stefan BRADL GER LCR Honda MotoGP Honda 324.6 2'00.866 0.412 / 0.096
6 35 Cal CRUTCHLOW GBR Ducati Team Ducati 324.0 2'00.870 0.416 / 0.004
7 46 Valentino ROSSI ITA Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 322.7 2'00.901 0.447 / 0.031
8 38 Bradley SMITH GBR Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 325.6 2'01.426 0.972 / 0.525
9 41 Aleix ESPARGARO SPA NGM Forward Racing Forward Yamaha 316.6 2'01.498 1.044 / 0.072
10 44 Pol ESPARGARO SPA Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 320.2 2'01.885 1.431 / 0.387
11 68 Yonny HERNANDEZ COL Energy T.I. Pramac Racing Ducati 324.2 2'02.013 1.559 / 0.128
12 19 Alvaro BAUTISTA SPA GO&FUN Honda Gresini Honda 326.7 2'02.105 1.651 / 0.092
13 7 Hiroshi AOYAMA JPN Drive M7 Aspar Honda 314.4 2'02.360 1.906 / 0.255
14 17 Karel ABRAHAM CZE Cardion AB Motoracing Honda 313.7 2'02.581 2.127 / 0.221
15 69 Nicky HAYDEN USA Drive M7 Aspar Honda 311.5 2'03.476 3.022 / 0.895
16 45 Scott REDDING GBR GO&FUN Honda Gresini Honda 309.3 2'03.598 3.144 / 0.122
17 15 Alex DE ANGELIS RSM NGM Forward Racing Forward Yamaha 311.0 2'03.654 3.200 / 0.056
18 8 Hector BARBERA SPA Avintia Racing Ducati 319.0 2'03.725 3.271 / 0.071
19 9 Danilo PETRUCCI ITA Octo IodaRacing Team ART 309.8 2'03.964 3.510 / 0.239
20 70 Michael LAVERTY GBR Paul Bird Motorsport PBM 311.6 2'04.086 3.632 / 0.122
21 63 Mike DI MEGLIO FRA Avintia Racing Avintia 308.3 2'04.323 3.869 / 0.237
22 23 Broc PARKES AUS Paul Bird Motorsport PBM 303.2 2'05.896 5.442 / 1.573
23 29 Andrea IANNONE ITA Pramac Racing Ducati 305.8 2'06.627 6.173 / 0.731


FP4 Results:
1 93 Marc MARQUEZ SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 326.0 2'01.413
2 26 Dani PEDROSA SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 328.9 2'01.486 0.073 / 0.073
3 99 Jorge LORENZO SPA Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 323.9 2'01.688 0.275 / 0.202
4 4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO ITA Ducati Team Ducati 329.6 2'01.918 0.505 / 0.230
5 46 Valentino ROSSI ITA Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 325.3 2'01.932 0.519 / 0.014
6 6 Stefan BRADL GER LCR Honda MotoGP Honda 324.8 2'02.448 1.035 / 0.516
7 35 Cal CRUTCHLOW GBR Ducati Team Ducati 323.7 2'02.494 1.081 / 0.046
8 38 Bradley SMITH GBR Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 325.3 2'02.602 1.189 / 0.108
9 41 Aleix ESPARGARO SPA NGM Forward Racing Forward Yamaha 314.4 2'02.603 1.190 / 0.001
10 45 Scott REDDING GBR GO&FUN Honda Gresini Honda 311.6 2'02.652 1.239 / 0.049
11 19 Alvaro BAUTISTA SPA GO&FUN Honda Gresini Honda 325.5 2'03.036 1.623 / 0.384
12 7 Hiroshi AOYAMA JPN Drive M7 Aspar Honda 315.1 2'03.129 1.716 / 0.093
13 68 Yonny HERNANDEZ COL Energy T.I. Pramac Racing Ducati 322.6 2'03.220 1.807 / 0.091
14 69 Nicky HAYDEN USA Drive M7 Aspar Honda 313.4 2'03.437 2.024 / 0.217
15 17 Karel ABRAHAM CZE Cardion AB Motoracing Honda 312.5 2'03.648 2.235 / 0.211
16 8 Hector BARBERA SPA Avintia Racing Ducati 318.1 2'03.679 2.266 / 0.031
17 15 Alex DE ANGELIS RSM NGM Forward Racing Forward Yamaha 318.0 2'04.075 2.662 / 0.396
18 9 Danilo PETRUCCI ITA Octo IodaRacing Team ART 309.6 2'04.447 3.034 / 0.372
19 70 Michael LAVERTY GBR Paul Bird Motorsport PBM 309.4 2'05.777 4.364 / 1.330
20 23 Broc PARKES AUS Paul Bird Motorsport PBM 305.6 2'06.004 4.591 / 0.227
21 63 Mike DI MEGLIO FRA Avintia Racing Avintia 305.6 2'06.326 4.913 / 0.322
29 Andrea IANNONE ITA Pramac Racing Ducati
44 Pol ESPARGARO SPA Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha
 

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Q1 Results:
1 19 Alvaro BAUTISTA SPA GO&FUN Honda Gresini Honda 325.1 2'01.818
2 7 Hiroshi AOYAMA JPN Drive M7 Aspar Honda 314.1 2'02.020 0.202 / 0.202
3 68 Yonny HERNANDEZ COL Energy T.I. Pramac Racing Ducati 324.2 2'02.184 0.366 / 0.164
4 69 Nicky HAYDEN USA Drive M7 Aspar Honda 312.8 2'02.330 0.512 / 0.146
5 17 Karel ABRAHAM CZE Cardion AB Motoracing Honda 314.0 2'02.548 0.730 / 0.218
6 8 Hector BARBERA SPA Avintia Racing Ducati 320.5 2'02.682 0.864 / 0.134
7 45 Scott REDDING GBR GO&FUN Honda Gresini Honda 310.5 2'02.874 1.056 / 0.192
8 15 Alex DE ANGELIS RSM NGM Forward Racing Forward Yamaha 316.2 2'03.165 1.347 / 0.291
9 9 Danilo PETRUCCI ITA Octo IodaRacing Team ART 307.7 2'03.874 2.056 / 0.709
10 70 Michael LAVERTY GBR Paul Bird Motorsport PBM 310.7 2'04.539 2.721 / 0.665
11 63 Mike DI MEGLIO FRA Avintia Racing Avintia 306.4 2'04.784 2.966 / 0.245
12 23 Broc PARKES AUS Paul Bird Motorsport PBM 304.8 2'05.208 3.390 / 0.424
29 Andrea IANNONE ITA Pramac Racing Ducati

Q2 Results:
1 93 Marc MARQUEZ SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 327.4 1'59.791
2 26 Dani PEDROSA SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 329.1 1'59.973 0.182 / 0.182
3 99 Jorge LORENZO SPA Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 324.8 2'00.203 0.412 / 0.230
4 6 Stefan BRADL GER LCR Honda MotoGP Honda 327.6 2'00.472 0.681 / 0.269
5 4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO ITA Ducati Team Ducati 327.3 2'00.703 0.912 / 0.231
6 46 Valentino ROSSI ITA Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 322.0 2'00.740 0.949 / 0.037
7 41 Aleix ESPARGARO SPA NGM Forward Racing Forward Yamaha 315.1 2'00.801 1.010 / 0.061
8 35 Cal CRUTCHLOW GBR Ducati Team Ducati 325.6 2'01.119 1.328 / 0.318
9 38 Bradley SMITH GBR Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 325.4 2'01.263 1.472 / 0.144
10 19 Alvaro BAUTISTA SPA GO&FUN Honda Gresini Honda 322.5 2'02.294 2.503 / 1.031
11 7 Hiroshi AOYAMA JPN Drive M7 Aspar Honda 313.4 2'10.568 10.777 / 8.274
44 Pol ESPARGARO SPA Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha
 

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Superb Sepang pole time from record breaker Marquez
Marquez (Repsol Honda) set a record-breaking time of 1’59.791s to secure pole ahead of teammate Pedrosa (Repsol Honda) who was 0.182s slower. The front row was completed by Lorenzo (Movistar Yamaha) who set a 2’00.203s best lap.

For full Q2 results from Sepang click here.

Marquez is the first rider below the 2’00 mark on a race weekend at Sepang. This also marks his 50th career pole and 13th of the season, setting a new record.

Stefan Bradl (LCR Honda MotoGP) and Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati Team) both qualified on the second row of the grid, both within a second of Marquez’ blistering lap.

Valentino Rossi (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP), Aleix Espargaro (NGM Forward Racing), Cal Crutchlow (Ducati Team), Bradley Smith (Monster Yamaha Tech 3) and Alvaro Bautista (GO&FUN Honda Gresini) completed the top ten.

Pol Espargaro (Monster Yamaha Tech3) qualified in 12th having advanced to Q2 but then being unfit to participate due to a big FP3 crash, which saw him break a bone in his left foot. His fitness to race will be assessed on Sunday morning.

Hiroshi Aoyama (Drive M7 Aspar) fell early in the Q2 session having advanced from Q1. The Japanese rider still qualified in 11th due to Pol Espargaro not taking part.

Andrea Iannone (Pramac Racing) was declared unfit to participate further in the Grand Prix earlier in the day due to left arm injuries after his Friday crash left him struggling for strength and power.

Pol Espargaro’s Sepang race fitness to be assessed on Sunday
Therefore, the young Spanish rider decided to sit out FP4 as well as the Q2 session - which he still qualified for, due to scoring 10th position overall after FP3.

The high side occurred in the first corner while Espargaro was looking to post a fast lap. A small piece of glass damaged the oil radiator of his Yamaha machine and formed a small hole - causing a very fine oil leak, which was not visible to the rider.

The 23 year-old still hopes to contest Sunday’s 20-lap battle in Malaysia and the final decision will be made after his physical condition has been examined before the Warm Up. If he is fit he will start from 12th on the grid.

The rider from Barcelona said, “I am feeling sore after the heavy fall, but we must move on and I still hope to be able to compete in the race. I saw Dovizioso and Redding pointing to let me know something wasn’t right on the rear, but I couldn’t see anything wrong with the bike as the oil leak was so small. Therefore I continued riding normally as the bike felt the same and there was no reduction in power on the straight, but then I hit the brakes and fell at the first corner as oil had slipped onto the rear tyre.”

“If I can race, I hope to be in a position to try and use the Warm Up to make further adjustments to the bike, but the most difficult aspect to deal with will be changing the gears. We have to forget about today now. I have never ridden in this condition, but we will see how I recover overnight.”
 

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Lorenzo pleased with front row slot in red hot Q2
Despite the fact that the lengthy track allows little time for multiple hot laps, Lorenzo made sure to leave pitlane last for the 15 minute qualifying heat to be ensured of some clear space. When on his way the Majorcan was fast straight out of the box and posted a 2’00.469 lap to take provisional third. He was unable to improve on his time on his second try and came into the pits for a fresh set of tyres with six minutes left on the clock.

Less than three minutes later Lorenzo was back out on the track for one last shot at claiming pole position and immediately posted a 2’00.203 lap, which saw him hold second place briefly, until a late effort by rival Dani Pedrosa relegated him to third. Marc Marquez took pole.

Lorenzo’s teammate Rossi had an eventful day at the Malaysian circuit. During FP4 the Doctor fell victim to a small crash. Luckily Rossi was uninjured and was back in the pit garage in plenty of time for the second Qualifying session.

Similar to his colleague, the nine time World Champion bided his time at the start of Q2. His first flying lap of 2’01.218 put him in fifth position before being pushed back to sixth by Andrea Dovizioso.

After a quick stop at the box, Rossi was back on his way with more than four minutes remaining, allowing the Italian to put in two more laps. He put his head down once more and clocked a 2’00.740 which briefly earned him fifth place before a last minute flurry of activity saw him end the session in sixth.

Lorenzo stated, “I am very happy with third place on the grid, because I knew that apart from the factory team some of the other Honda riders like Bradl or Bautista were going to be fast too. In the end I managed to claim the front row. I tried to get the pole position, but compared to Honda we needed just a little more acceleration when exiting the corners. I think we are getting closer in terms of race pace. This is probably one of the worst tracks for Yamaha, but I am very satisfied with the work we’re doing.”

Rossi added, “We had to try the hard front tyre and it was not so bad, but unfortunately I had some chatter and I crashed. We have to make a decision for the race, because with the medium front tyre we are closer to the limit and we have to ride smoother. Starting from the second row is not so bad considering that we struggled with the setting of the bike yesterday and today. We improved more today compared to yesterday, but we have to take another step for tomorrow.”

Iannone to miss Sepang race and head back early to Italy
On Saturday morning Iannone tested his condition in FP3 having sustained a severe contusion to his left arm in a Friday crash at Sepang, adding to his discomfort after hurting his left hip when he crashed out of the Phillip Island race last Sunday.

Unfortunately the pain in FP3 was significant and the Italian Pramac Racing rider was ruled unfit to continue this weekend. He will fly to Italy to undergo CAT and MRI scans in order to be 100% sure that there are no further complications.

He stated, “It was really important that I tried today in practice but I’m not at 100% and I can’t control the bike fully, so I prefer to try only in the practice because the risk is very high. The power in my arm is really not there. I don’t have a good feeling with the bike. It could be really dangerous. I am very sorry to skip this race because I wanted to finish the season well.”

“Tonight I will go to Italy and I want to work hard to recover for Valencia because it’s really important. I will have some more checks at home because it’s not really clear the situation. I just want to be at 100% in Valencia.”
 

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I've been away from the computer for 2 days. What happened that got AE all fired up?
At phillip island last week, Bradl went into the corner too hot and hit Aleix..taking him out of the race. Was clearly Bradls fault..looks like Aleix thinks he did it on purpose:retard:
 

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so THIS is what caused Pol to eventually HS, he was warned he had a prob with the bike by other riders, but after looking around his bike he passed pit land and eventually crashed


 
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