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MotoGP™ Malaysian GP Preview


Penultimate race of the season this weekend in Sepang, where Pedrosa and Marquez claimed a one-two last year. In Moto3, Alex Marquez has first opportunity to clinch the title.

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The flyaway tour for the MotoGP World Championship reaches its final stop this weekend. The Malaysian Grand Prix, the last round before the season finale in Valencia, presents an opportunity to leave behind disappointment in Australia for the Repsol Honda riders. Marc Marquez and Dani Pedrosa left Phillip Island empty-handed, but in Sepang will have totally different conditions to deal with. A year ago they earned a one-two at the venue. Both have their own incentives to gun for victory: Marquez to match the record of victories in a season of Mick Doohan, and Pedrosa to get back into the fight for second place in the World Championship.

Things went better for Alex Marquez and Alex Rins in Australia. In particular for the former, who now arrives in Sepang with a first mathematical possibility of becoming Moto3 World Champion. He currently has a 20-point lead over nearest rival Jack Miller and needs to take 6 points more than the Australian this weekend in order to win the title. Rins is 41 points behind his teammate and is still in the fight for the Moto3 title going into the penultimate round. He finished second in Sepang last year.


99 – Marc Marquez

Marc Marquez - Photo by FeliceMonteleone @FMPhotoSport
Marc Marquez – Photo by FeliceMonteleone @FMPhotoSport

“It was a shame what happened in Australia, but anyway I was trying a different tactic and I’m lucky to be able to do this with the Championship already won. On the way to Malaysia we visited Jakarta for an event with Honda, riding a MotoGP machine there for the first time which was a nice experience. Sepang is a circuit I like and the Honda performed well there last year with Dani first and myself second. Finding the best setup is very important here, especially in the braking so we will have to work hard on Friday and Saturday to prepare for the race.”


26 – Dani Pedrosa

Dani Pedrosa - Photo by FeliceMonteleone @FMPhotoSport
Dani Pedrosa – Photo by FeliceMonteleone @FMPhotoSport

“I’m happy to put Phillip Island behind us and focus on the race this weekend in Malaysia. This is a track we all know very well and it’s going to be physically demanding as always -due to the weather. The layout has a little of everything, fast and slow corners, hard braking and long straights. Let’s hope we can get a good setup and give ourselves the best chance for the race on Sunday to be back in the fight for second position in the Championship.”


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