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What a crazy one we saw in PI, Too bad for Marc glad he is ok, Great race from Cal for the win! would have been nice to see him and Marc battle it out :) Amazing run up the field from Vale to snag second, and Vin for getting on the podium. Vale now with a 24 pt lead on Jorge. We now head to the heat and humidity of Sepang, only 2 rounds left!!

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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.

2015 Podium
DP,JL,VR

Circuit Records:
Fastest Lap 2015 DANI PEDROSA 1'59.053
Circuit Record 2015 JORGE LORENZO 2'00.606
Best Pole 2015 DANI PEDROSA 1'59.053
Top Speed 2015 ANDREA IANNONE Speed 339.6

1 Marc Marquez Repsol Honda 273
2 Valentino Rossi Movistar Yamaha 216
3 Jorge Lorenzo Movistar Yamaha 192
4 Maverick Vinales Team Suzuki Ecstar 181
5 Dani Pedrosa Repsol Honda 155
6 Cal Crutchlow LCR Honda 141
7 Andrea Dovizioso Ducati Team 137
8 Pol Espargaro Monster Yamaha Tech 3 117
9 Andrea Iannone Ducati Team 96
10 Hector Barbera Avintia Racing 84
11 Aleix Espargaro Team Suzuki Ecstar 82
12 Eugene Laverty Aspar Team MotoGP 73
13 Scott Redding Octo Pramac Yakhnich 71
14 Alvaro Bautista Aprilia Racing Team Gresini 67
15 Danilo Petrucci Octo Pramac Yakhnich 65
16 Stefan Bradl Aprilia Racing Team Gresini 60
17 Bradley Smith Monster Yamaha Tech 3 53
18 Jack Miller Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS 48
19 Michele Pirro Octo Pramac Yakhnich 36
20 Tito Rabat Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS 29
21 Loris Baz Avintia Racing 24
22 Yonny Hernandez Avintia Racing 20
23 Katsuyuki Nakasuga Yamalube Yamaha Factory Racing 5
24 Alex Lowes Monster Yamaha Tech 3 3
25 Nicky Hayden Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS 1
26 Mike Jones Avintia Racing 1
27 Hiroshi Aoyama Repsol Honda 1

MOTOGP MANUFACTURERS' CHAMPIONSHIP 2016 (Round 16 of 18, Phillip Island)
POSITION MANUFACTURER POINTS
1 Honda 341
2 Yamaha 308
3 Ducati 220
4 Suzuki 187
5 Aprilia 86



 

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Thurs Oct 27 Press Conf - 04:00am Moto 2, 05:00 Moto GP

Practice Thurs Oct 27
21:00 - 21:40 Moto3 FP1
21:55 - 22:40 MotoGP FP1
22:55 - 23:40 Moto2 FP1
01:10 - 01:50 Moto3 FP2
02:05 - 02:50 MotoGP FP2
03:05 - 03:50 Moto2 FP2

Practice/Qual Fri Oct 28
21:00 - 21:40 Moto3 FP3
21:55 - 22:40 MotoGP FP3
22:55 - 23:40 Moto2 FP3
00:35 - 01:15 Moto3 QP
01:30 - 02:00 MotoGP FP4
02:10 - 02:25 MotoGP Q1
02:35 - 02:50 MotoGP Q2
03:05 - 03:50 Moto 2 QP

RACE Sat Oct 29
21:40 - 22:00 Moto3 WUP
22:10 - 22:30 Moto2 WUP
22:40 - 23:00 MotoGP WUP
00:00 Moto3 RAC MIDNIGHT
01:20 Moto2 RAC SUNDAY OCT 30
03:00 MotoGP RAC SUNDAY OCT 30
 

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We all know Marc is champion, and i believe Vale will take second, but look at the fight for third, that should be interesting..... Maverick has the momentum imo
 

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I watch all the races, but I'll be especially invested in Moto2 (my favorite class) this weekend. Zarco has been limping to the end of the season, Rins keeps tossing it down the road, and Luthi has won the last two (AUS by ten-thousandths) and taken over second on the standings, even though he had to sit out a race due to concussion (Brno, I think). Top 3 are separated by 25 points, with 2 races to go. Sam Lowes, who looked really good for the first half of the season, gave up 4th place in the standings to Morbidelli after his 5th crash of the weekend (26th crash of the season - yikes!) and is only 3 points ahead of Nakagami now.

Zarco - 226
Luthi - 204
Rins - 201

I wonder what the longest gap between championships is for MotoGP. If Luthi takes the Moto2 class, it will have been 11 years since his last World Championship, which was the 125cc class way back in 2005.
 

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Interesting practices. In Moto2 FP1, Sam Lowes added to his huge tally of crashes this year with 2 in the same corner in about 30 seconds. He low-sided, was facing the opposite way in the runoff, so he picked the bike up, got moving, and as soon as he U-turned and got back on track, Zarco low-sided and the bike slid into Lowes, taking him out. Nobody was hurt, and they were both immediately up and able to get back on track.

Marquez set the top MotoGP FP1 time, even though he didn't feel well. With FP2 starting in damp conditions, he and his team opted to sit out and rest as they knew nobody would threaten his FP1 time.
 

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Marquez Friday’s fastest despite missing FP2

2016 MotoGP™ World Champion heads the timesheets despite illness as rain affects FP2

The first practice session of the day for Moto3™ saw damp patches of the newly-resurfaced Sepang International Circuit hamper early laptimes, before the moisture dried off and times began to fall. MotoGP™ had a dry FP1 – topped by Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda Team) – before a downpour during Moto2™ saw track conditions worsen dramatically. With track changes and the new surface designed to deal with the inclement South East Asian weather, and Turn 15 especially changed and now off-camber, the grid could get a full taste of the new asphalt in wet and dry conditions on day 1.


With FP1 times out of reach after the rain, the times from the first session remained the combined timesheets for Friday, with Marquez heading the tables – despite missing FP2. As mentioned in the pre-event Press Conference by the new reigning Champion, Marquez has been suffering with illness ahead of the event and sat out FP2 with his place on the combined timesheets not under threat; focusing instead on recovering more fully for Saturday and qualifying. The 3-time MotoGP™ World Champion was over two tenths clear at the top.



Maverick Viñales (Team Suzuki Ecstar) was second fastest in FP1 and retains the place on combined times, with Scott Redding (Octo Pramac Yakhnich) impressing in P3 with a late leap up the tables in FP1.



Andrea Iannone (Ducati Team) put in a bombastic performance to take fourth as he returns from injury following a crash in FP1 in Misano, with compatriot 9-time World Champion Valentino Rossi (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP) completing the top five.



Aleix Espargaro (Team Suzuki Ecstar) was P7, just behind compatriot Hector Barbera (Avintia Racing), who returns to Avintia this weekend following his substitutions for Iannone at the factory Ducati Team. Yonny Hernandez (Pull&Bear Aspar) had a stunning session to spend some time in the top three, before ending Friday in P8 overall.



Alvaro Bautista (Aprilia Racing Team Gresini) was ninth fastest as the Spaniard again impressed for the Noale factory, with 2010, 2012 and 2015 MotoGP™ World Champion Jorge Lorenzo (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP) completing the top ten after losing his final hot lap to a problem in sector two in FP1.



In the wet afternoon session, some riders got in some wet weather time as well as trying the Michelin intermediates, but it was Jack Miller (Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS) who finally topped FP2 from Crutchlow when conditions were just able to take slicks – with Hector Barbera, Bradley Smith (Monster Yamaha Tech 3) and Loris Baz (Avintia Racing) completing the top five.



With weather for FP3 not a certainty in the unsure climate of Sepang, the biggest names who could find themselves out of Q2 if laptimes don’t improve on Saturday morning are Australian GP winner Cal Crutchlow (LCR Honda) and Motegi podium sitter Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati Team). The third practice session will be the final decider for direct entry to Q2, with Marquez leading the way and hoping to be back to full power for qualifying day.
 

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FP1:
1 93 Marc MARQUEZ SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 321.4 2'01.210
2 25 Maverick VIÑALES SPA Team SUZUKI ECSTAR Suzuki 322.0 2'01.478 0.268 / 0.268
3 45 Scott REDDING GBR OCTO Pramac Yakhnich Ducati 315.8 2'01.507 0.297 / 0.029
4 29 Andrea IANNONE ITA Ducati Team Ducati 321.4 2'01.521 0.311 / 0.014
5 46 Valentino ROSSI ITA Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 317.5 2'01.611 0.401 / 0.090
6 8 Hector BARBERA SPA Avintia Racing Ducati 317.6 2'01.667 0.457 / 0.056
7 41 Aleix ESPARGARO SPA Team SUZUKI ECSTAR Suzuki 317.6 2'01.774 0.564 / 0.107
8 68 Yonny HERNANDEZ COL Pull & Bear Aspar Team Ducati 319.3 2'01.815 0.605 / 0.041
9 19 Alvaro BAUTISTA SPA Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia 315.4 2'02.011 0.801 / 0.196
10 99 Jorge LORENZO SPA Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 318.6 2'02.013 0.803 / 0.002
11 9 Danilo PETRUCCI ITA OCTO Pramac Yakhnich Ducati 317.6 2'02.036 0.826 / 0.023
12 6 Stefan BRADL GER Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia 310.8 2'02.164 0.954 / 0.128
13 35 Cal CRUTCHLOW GBR LCR Honda Honda 314.1 2'02.334 1.124 / 0.170
14 38 Bradley SMITH GBR Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 320.0 2'02.484 1.274 / 0.150
15 4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO ITA Ducati Team Ducati 315.5 2'02.561 1.351 / 0.077
16 43 Jack MILLER AUS Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS Honda 310.6 2'02.600 1.390 / 0.039
17 44 Pol ESPARGARO SPA Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 315.6 2'02.732 1.522 / 0.132
18 50 Eugene LAVERTY IRL Pull & Bear Aspar Team Ducati 318.3 2'03.013 1.803 / 0.281
19 53 Tito RABAT SPA Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS Honda 312.0 2'03.108 1.898 / 0.095
20 7 Hiroshi AOYAMA JPN Repsol Honda Team Honda 318.3 2'03.901 2.691 / 0.793
21 76 Loris BAZ FRA Avintia Racing Ducati 310.0 2'04.623 3.413 / 0.722


FP2
1 43 Jack MILLER AUS Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS Honda 290.5 2'08.872
2 35 Cal CRUTCHLOW GBR LCR Honda Honda 298.5 2'09.271 0.399 / 0.399
3 8 Hector BARBERA SPA Avintia Racing Ducati 302.0 2'09.414 0.542 / 0.143
4 38 Bradley SMITH GBR Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 299.2 2'09.440 0.568 / 0.026
5 76 Loris BAZ FRA Avintia Racing Ducati 301.0 2'09.698 0.826 / 0.258
6 45 Scott REDDING GBR OCTO Pramac Yakhnich Ducati 295.9 2'10.175 1.303 / 0.477
7 4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO ITA Ducati Team Ducati 297.3 2'10.208 1.336 / 0.033
8 6 Stefan BRADL GER Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia 293.3 2'10.283 1.411 / 0.075
9 53 Tito RABAT SPA Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS Honda 291.9 2'11.297 2.425 / 1.014
10 7 Hiroshi AOYAMA JPN Repsol Honda Team Honda 295.0 2'11.426 2.554 / 0.129
11 19 Alvaro BAUTISTA SPA Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia 299.9 2'12.179 3.307 / 0.753
12 50 Eugene LAVERTY IRL Pull & Bear Aspar Team Ducati 263.6 2'12.803 3.931 / 0.624
13 46 Valentino ROSSI ITA Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 286.7 2'13.416 4.544 / 0.613
14 68 Yonny HERNANDEZ COL Pull & Bear Aspar Team Ducati 294.6 2'13.586 4.714 / 0.170
15 44 Pol ESPARGARO SPA Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 290.7 2'14.438 5.566 / 0.852
16 99 Jorge LORENZO SPA Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 297.4 2'14.863 5.991 / 0.425
17 25 Maverick VIÑALES SPA Team SUZUKI ECSTAR Suzuki 292.2 2'15.505 6.633 / 0.642
18 9 Danilo PETRUCCI ITA OCTO Pramac Yakhnich Ducati 285.9 2'16.269 7.397 / 0.764
19 41 Aleix ESPARGARO SPA Team SUZUKI ECSTAR Suzuki 288.9 2'16.679 7.807 / 0.410
29 Andrea IANNONE ITA Ducati Team Ducati
93 Marc MARQUEZ SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda
 

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Maverick Vinales puts Suzuki on top of FP3 for the Malaysian MotoGP, which took place on a dry track and saw the fastest lap times of the weekend so far.

Reigning world champion Marc Marquez was back on track after missing yesterday's wet FP2 due to gastroenteritis, finishing second fastest.

The top ten riders after FP3 (combined times) receive direct access to the second and final part of this afternoon's qualifying session.

Those missing the cut include Phillip Island winner Cal Crutchlow, who fell at the end of the session after setting his personal best first sector. Today is Crutchlow's 30th birthday.

Sepang has been resurfaced, and some corners re-profiled, ahead of this year's race.

Hiroshi Aoyama is replacing the injured Dani Pedrosa at Repsol Honda, while Ducati's Andrea Iannone is making a comeback from vertebra damage at Misano.

FP3:
1. Maverick Viñales ESP Team Suzuki Ecstar (GSX-RR) 1m 59.947s [Lap 16/19] 324km/h (Top Speed)
2. Marc Marquez ESP Repsol Honda Team (RC213V) 2m 00.032s +0.085s [18/18] 321km/h
3. Jorge Lorenzo ESP Movistar Yamaha MotoGP (YZR-M1) 2m 00.043s +0.096s [15/16] 321km/h
4. Valentino Rossi ITA Movistar Yamaha MotoGP (YZR-M1) 2m 00.107s +0.160s [18/18] 322km/h
5. Hector Barbera ESP Ducati Team (Desmosedici GP) 2m 00.384s +0.437s [13/15] 318km/h
6. Andrea Iannone ITA Ducati Team (Desmosedici GP) 2m 00.395s +0.448s [17/17] 325km/h
7. Aleix Espargaro ESP Team Suzuki Ecstar (GSX-RR) 2m 00.483s +0.536s [13/17] 320km/h
8. Andrea Dovizioso ITA Ducati Team (Desmosedici GP) 2m 00.723s +0.776s [15/16] 320km/h
9. Pol Espargaro ESP Monster Yamaha Tech 3 (YZR-M1) 2m 01.072s +1.125s [14/15] 313km/h
10. Alvaro Bautista ESP Factory Aprilia Gresini (RS-GP) 2m 01.078s +1.131s [17/18] 321km/h
11. Scott Redding GBR Octo Pramac Yakhnich (Desmosedici GP15) 2m 01.115s +1.168s [14/15] 322km/h
12. Danilo Petrucci ITA Octo Pramac Yakhnich (Desmosedici GP15) 2m 01.167s +1.220s [14/15] 321km/h
13. Cal Crutchlow GBR LCR Honda (RC213V) 2m 01.213s +1.266s [8/16] 319km/h
14. Bradley Smith GBR Monster Yamaha Tech 3 (YZR-M1) 2m 01.255s +1.308s [16/17] 321km/h
15. Eugene Laverty IRL Aspar MotoGP Team (Desmosedici GP14.2) 2m 01.319s +1.372s [15/16] 320km/h
16. Stefan Bradl GER Factory Aprilia Gresini (RS-GP) 2m 01.352s +1.405s [15/17] 318km/h
17. Jack Miller AUS Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS (RC213V) 2m 01.716s +1.769s [14/15] 314km/h
18. Yonny Hernandez COL Aspar MotoGP Team (Desmosedici GP14.2) 2m 02.197s +2.250s [11/12] 318km/h
19. Tito Rabat ESP Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS (RC213V)* 2m 02.237s +2.290s [17/18] 317km/h
20. Loris Baz FRA Avintia Racing (Desmosedici GP14.2) 2m 02.729s +2.782s [15/15] 310km/h
21. Hiroshi Aoyama JPN Repsol Honda Team (RC213V) 2m 02.830s +2.883s [17/18] 316km/h

Riders going directly to Qualifying 2 - Top 10 Combined Practice Times:
1. Maverick Vinales ESP Team Suzuki Ecstar (GSX-RR)
2. Marc Marquez ESP Repsol Honda Team (RC213V)
3. Jorge Lorenzo ESP Movistar Yamaha MotoGP (YZR-M1)
4. Valentino Rossi ITA Movistar Yamaha MotoGP (YZR-M1)
5. Hector Barbera ESP Ducati Team (Desmosedici GP)
6. Andrea Iannone ITA Ducati Team (Desmosedici GP)
7. Aleix Espargaro ESP Team Suzuki Ecstar (GSX-RR)
8. Andrea Dovizioso ITA Ducati Team (Desmosedici GP)
9. Pol Espargaro ESP Monster Yamaha Tech 3 (YZR-M1)
10. Alvaro Bautista ESP Factory Aprilia Gresini (RS-GP)
 

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FP4
Session held on a drying track, after earlier rain.

Qualifying 1, for those outside the top ten after third free practice, will now get underway...

1. Marc Marquez ESP Repsol Honda Team (RC213V) 2m 11.713s [Lap 11/12] 298km/h (Top Speed)
2. Cal Crutchlow GBR LCR Honda (RC213V) 2m 11.792s +0.079s [7/8] 298km/h
3. Maverick Viñales ESP Team Suzuki Ecstar (GSX-RR) 2m 11.933s +0.220s [11/12] 309km/h
4. Jorge Lorenzo ESP Movistar Yamaha MotoGP (YZR-M1) 2m 12.049s +0.336s [11/12] 298km/h
5. Andrea Dovizioso ITA Ducati Team (Desmosedici GP) 2m 12.223s +0.510s [10/11] 288km/h
6. Jack Miller AUS Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS (RC213V) 2m 12.424s +0.711s [12/12] 298km/h
7. Loris Baz FRA Avintia Racing (Desmosedici GP14.2) 2m 12.523s +0.810s [9/10] 299km/h
8. Valentino Rossi ITA Movistar Yamaha MotoGP (YZR-M1) 2m 12.602s +0.889s [11/12] 293km/h
9. Alvaro Bautista ESP Factory Aprilia Gresini (RS-GP) 2m 12.912s +1.199s [11/12] 297km/h
10. Aleix Espargaro ESP Team Suzuki Ecstar (GSX-RR) 2m 12.966s +1.253s [8/11] 299km/h
11. Hector Barbera ESP Ducati Team (Desmosedici GP) 2m 13.114s +1.401s [11/12] 293km/h
12. Andrea Iannone ITA Ducati Team (Desmosedici GP) 2m 13.147s +1.434s [6/11] 291km/h
13. Bradley Smith GBR Monster Yamaha Tech 3 (YZR-M1) 2m 13.459s +1.746s [12/12] 304km/h
14. Pol Espargaro ESP Monster Yamaha Tech 3 (YZR-M1) 2m 13.465s +1.752s [9/12] 291km/h
15. Stefan Bradl GER Factory Aprilia Gresini (RS-GP) 2m 13.492s +1.779s [11/12] 293km/h
16. Danilo Petrucci ITA Octo Pramac Yakhnich (Desmosedici GP15) 2m 13.978s +2.265s [10/10] 287km/h
17. Scott Redding GBR Octo Pramac Yakhnich (Desmosedici GP15) 2m 15.019s +3.306s [6/10] 299km/h
18. Hiroshi Aoyama JPN Repsol Honda Team (RC213V) 2m 15.071s +3.358s [8/12] 291km/h
19. Tito Rabat ESP Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS (RC213V)* 2m 15.731s +4.018s [7/12] 291km/h
20. Eugene Laverty IRL Aspar MotoGP Team (Desmosedici GP14.2) 2m 16.036s +4.323s [3/5] 265km/h
21. Yonny Hernandez COL Aspar MotoGP Team (Desmosedici GP14.2) 2m 20.456s +8.743s [3/4] 267km/h
 

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Happy to see Dovi take his second pole!! could we see # 9 for winners , hope so :)

Ducati's Andrea Dovizioso claims pole position for the Malaysian MotoGP at a wet Sepang, with Yamaha team-mates Valentino Rossi and Jorge Lorenzo completing the front row.

Cal Crutchlow, fastest in Qualifying 1, fell in Qualifying 2 but remounted his LCR Honda to salvage fifth on his final lap.

Sepang has been resurfaced, and some corners re-profiled, ahead of this year's race.

Hiroshi Aoyama is replacing the injured Dani Pedrosa at Repsol Honda, while Ducati's Andrea Iannone is making a comeback from vertebra damage at Misano...

Qualifying 2:
1. Andrea Dovizioso ITA Ducati Team (Desmosedici GP) 2m 11.485s [Lap 6/6] 295km/h (Top Speed)
2. Valentino Rossi ITA Movistar Yamaha MotoGP (YZR-M1) 2m 11.731s +0.246s [7/7] 297km/h
3. Jorge Lorenzo ESP Movistar Yamaha MotoGP (YZR-M1) 2m 11.787s +0.302s [5/7] 303km/h
4. Marc Marquez ESP Repsol Honda Team (RC213V) 2m 11.874s +0.389s [3/7] 303km/h
5. Cal Crutchlow GBR LCR Honda (RC213V) 2m 12.558s +1.073s [7/7] 304km/h
6. Andrea Iannone ITA Ducati Team (Desmosedici GP) 2m 12.598s +1.113s [7/7] 282km/h
7. Aleix Espargaro ESP Team Suzuki Ecstar (GSX-RR) 2m 12.869s +1.384s [4/5] 303km/h
8. Maverick Viñales ESP Team Suzuki Ecstar (GSX-RR) 2m 12.981s +1.496s [4/7] 296km/h
9. Alvaro Bautista ESP Factory Aprilia Gresini (RS-GP) 2m 13.325s +1.840s [7/7] 294km/h
10. Loris Baz FRA Avintia Racing (Desmosedici GP14.2) 2m 13.452s +1.967s [5/6] 295km/h
11. Pol Espargaro ESP Monster Yamaha Tech 3 (YZR-M1) 2m 13.707s +2.222s [4/7] 285km/h
12. Hector Barbera ESP Ducati Team (Desmosedici GP) 2m 13.973s +2.488s [2/5] 291km/h

Qualifying 1:
13. Bradley Smith GBR Monster Yamaha Tech 3 (YZR-M1) 2m 12.898s 303km/h
14. Jack Miller AUS Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS (RC213V) 2m 12.907s 302km/h
15. Danilo Petrucci ITA Octo Pramac Yakhnich (Desmosedici GP15) 2m 13.776s 297km/h
16. Stefan Bradl GER Factory Aprilia Gresini (RS-GP) 2m 13.850s 292km/h
17. Hiroshi Aoyama JPN Repsol Honda Team (RC213V) 2m 14.179s 291km/h
18. Scott Redding GBR Octo Pramac Yakhnich (Desmosedici GP15) 2m 14.433s 295km/h
19. Eugene Laverty IRL Aspar MotoGP Team (Desmosedici GP14.2) 2m 14.769s 282km/h
20. Yonny Hernandez COL Aspar MotoGP Team (Desmosedici GP14.2) 2m 14.786s 292km/h
21. Tito Rabat ESP Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS (RC213V)* 2m 15.894s 290km/h
 

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Andrea Dovizioso raised hopes of a record ninth different winner in MotoGP this season by claiming pole position for Sunday Malaysian Grand Prix.

The Ducati star, the only previous MotoGP winner still without a 2016 victory, ruled a wet qualifying session at Sepang.

The Italian was quickest early on using the softer wet tyre, then changed his strategy and pitted for the harder option. It proved a wise decision and he confirmed pole with an even faster lap at the very end of the Q2 shootout.

Dovizioso, who has finished runner-up three times so far this season, will be joined on the front row by Yamaha team-mates Valentino Rossi and Jorge Lorenzo.

"At the end of the qualifying, the water was almost zero. So you have to adapt in every condition. It wasn't easy, but we did a great job," Dovizioso said.

"My strategy was to not stop and to make the qualifying with the soft [wet tyre]. But I knew that almost everybody else had the hard, so I thought maybe my strategy was wrong. But I was able to make a really good lap time in the first lap.

"Buy I feel in the entry of the corner, the movement was too much, so I couldn't make a second or the third lap [on the soft tyre]. I decided to come into the box – too late, because I didn't use the short cut [back to the pits, and that gave me the possibility to make just two fast laps with the hard tyre.

"The second one was enough to keep the pole position. So I'm really happy about that.

"This morning in the dry [I was eighth], it wasn't really good. But this weekend the conditions are strange because of the rain, but also because of the asphalt. The grip is really good, but it doesn't dry like normal, because there remained some wet patches.

"I hope tomorrow in the morning it will be dry, to try to improve the feeling with the bike. Nobody really wants to race in the wet, but if it happens, we are competitive."

Team-mate Andrea Iannone will start from the second row of the grid in sixth on his return from injury.

“Today was a bit more complicated than yesterday and this morning I struggled a lot to improve my times and go quicker. In the afternoon, on the wet track, we were probably missing some information, such as using the harder tyre for more laps to make the most of its performance, because yesterday I didn't take part in FP2 with the rain tyres.

"All in all however I am pleased I managed to qualify on row 2 with sixth quickest time, and I reckon I did a pretty good job, especially with these track conditions and in view of the fact that I am back after a gap of four races. Tomorrow we'll see how it goes, for sure we don't know what will happen.”
 

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Awesome lap from Dovi. Hopefully he can get a win in these last 2 races, it must be tough to have so many people expecting him to be the 9th winner and not yet coming through. He deserves a GP win.

I'm kind of hoping it rains tomorrow :)
 

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Hopefully Moto3 isn't a predictor for the premier class. Seven riders out in the first two laps, 11 had crashed out in the first 4 1/2 laps. With ten laps to go, only 18 riders were still on track of the 31 who started the race.
 

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Most bizarre race I've ever seen. It ended under red flag, on lap 14. Since 2/3rd of the race was complete, the positions of the last completed lap were the final standings.

Shame for Maria Herrera - she was on pace for a top ten finish, but Livio Loi was having a problem with his bike on the racing line in turn 15 (final corner) and she crashed trying not to ride up his rear wheel. He was ten seconds off the lap pace, so he had no business being on the racing line. Just a bizarre race all around.

They probably should have red-flagged after 4 riders went down in the same turn within seconds of each other.

Only 15 riders were on the lead lap at the end (17 riders finished).

After the red flag, THEN the safety car comes out and they start cleaning up the fluid on the track. Absolutely ridiculous on the part of Race Direction.
 

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And the new Moto2 2 champion... is the old Moto2 champion - congrats to Johann Zarco, the first rider to successfully defend the Moto2 title.
 

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I missed the Moto3 race but just saw the Moto2. Awesome performance by Zarco, hopefully he will get some solid results at Tech3 next year.
 

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This entire season has been heavily affected by the weather. The premier class start is being delayed due to the weather.
 
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