World Champion Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda Team RC213V) will start tomorrow’s Malaysian Grand Prix from 11th on the grid after a nasty tumble during this afternoon’s qualifying session. The 26-year-old was battered and bruised in the fall but walked away and will be fit to race.

Marquez, who won his 11th victory of the year in Australia last Sunday, was chasing Fabio Quartararo in the hunt for pole position when he was thrown from his machine as he entered Turn Two in the final minutes of the 15-minute Q2 outing. Until then he had been enjoying a good weekend, working steadily towards getting the best machine set-up for what is certain to be a torrid race in tropical conditions.

The six-times MotoGP king was a close third fastest at the end of the first three practice sessions, less than half a second off the fastest rider. Last year he won the race here with a dominant display aboard his RC213V.

Marquez secured the 2019 MotoGP Riders World Championship at last month’s Thailand Grand Prix and helped Honda take its 25th premier-class Constructors World Championship at the subsequent Japanese GP.

While Marquez returned to his garage, Honda’s top qualifier was Cal Crutchlow (LCR Honda CASTROL RC213V) who had an excellent start to the afternoon when he topped the Q1 session to promote himself to the Q2 outing. The 34-year-old Briton, who finished a superb second to Marquez last Sunday, qualified fifth quickest to start the penultimate race of the year from the centre of the second row.

Crutchlow is enjoying a great conclusion to his 2019 season, with second-row starts at the last three races aboard his RC213V. Tomorrow he will aim for his fourth podium result of the year.

HRC was delighted with the performance of Johann Zarco (LCR Honda IDEMITSU RC213V), who is riding the bikes of Takaaki Nakagami (LCR Honda IDEMITSU RC213V), who is recovering from surgery. This is Zarco’s second weekend aboard the Japanese rider’s 2018-spec RC213V machines, but his first Grand Prix in Australia was largely disturbed by ever-changing weather conditions.

Today the 29-year-old Frenchman finished FP3 tenth fastest to go direct into Q2, which he ended ninth fastest, which puts him on the third row. It was an impressive display from a rider still learning the finer details of his equipment.

Jorge Lorenzo (Repsol Honda Team RC213V) had another challenging Saturday, qualifying 18th, shortly after suffering his first crash since his accident at June’s Dutch TT, which caused him to miss four races. The three-times MotoGP World Champion ran wide at Turn One in FP4 and was thrown off his RC213V at slow speed. He was unhurt and will go into tomorrow’s race chasing his first World Championship points since the San Marino Grand Prix.

This weekend’s Malaysian GP is the last of three Grands Prix on consecutive weekends and the penultimate round of 2019. The season concludes at Valencia, Spain, on November 17.

Cal Crutchlow

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I didn’t really feel much better with the qualifying setting we’ve got which I why we’ve not been to consistent in qualifying this year, having to come through Q1 quite a few times. Today we worked well with used tyres in FP4 and made a big improvement in qualifying. I’m happy with the second row – I followed Marc to get that lap time. Tomorrow is going to be a long and hard race. So many guys have got a good pace, so it’s one of those races where you could easily find yourself between first and fifth or between 12th and 15th. A lot will depend on what tyres people choose. We are struggling with grip and we need to improve that for tomorrow.

LCR Honda
Marc Marquez

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I’m ok, I’m in a lot of pain all over my body after a big crash. We have a good setting for race rhythm, but we were struggling a little bit with one fast lap and especially looking for something more in the change of directions. The tyres were ready but I was maybe a little too aggressive in the change of direction. Honestly, I’m more disappointed starting 11th than with the crash itself. From 11th it will be difficult, even if we did have a good rhythm in FP4. This season we have had 17 almost perfect qualifying practices, but we will see what we can do tomorrow.

Repsol Honda Team
Johann Zarco

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I’m quite happy about today – I wanted go straight through to Q2 and do my best to improve my qualifying laps. I did that, even though sometimes I can go fast other times not so fast. On my fastest lap it was very interesting to follow Valentino (Rossi), using him and a reference and trying to catch him. Maybe I lost one or two tenths in the last corner, but ninth position is good. We will see how the race goes tomorrow. The engine of this bike is so fast, so I will try to use it well and be strong on the brakes to overtake the others. I started to learn this bike in Australia. Now I am trying to use it better, to try to ride it in the best way. I still feel I can go faster with the bike. I’m looking forward to the race – I’ve had some good results here and my riding feels natural here.

LCR Honda Idemitsu
Jorge Lorenzo

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It was a very strange crash today, quite unpredicted because I braked a little too late and then ran on. When I entered the tarmac outside of T1, the front just closed like there was no grip and I got flipped over. Fortunately, I wasn’t injured. In Q1 I used the second bike but I think we went in slightly the wrong direction with the setting. I equalled my best lap time from the weekend, but everyone else improved. We are closer to the front than before and I’m looking to reduce the gap we had in Motegi.

Repsol Honda Team
Shell Malaysia Motorcycle Grand Prix

Sepang International Circuit, Malaysia

MotoGP 2019, Round 18

Cloudy / 26
Saturday 2 Nov 2019, 08:21 UTC
  • Track Condition: Dry
  • Air Temp: 26°C
  • Humidity: 87%
  • Ground Temp: 35°C
# Rider Num Nationality Nat. Team Constructor Constr. Time/Gap
1 Fabio Quartararo 20 FRA Petronas Yamaha SRT Yamaha 1'58.303
2 Maverick Viñales 12 SPA Yamaha Factory Racing Team Yamaha +0.103
3 Franco Morbidelli 21 ITA Petronas Yamaha SRT Yamaha +0.129
4 Jack Miller 43 AUS Alma Pramac Racing Ducati +0.422
5 Cal Crutchlow 35 GBR LCR Honda Honda +0.648
6 Valentino Rossi 46 ITA Yamaha Factory Racing Team Yamaha +0.697
7 Alex Rins 42 SPA Team SUZUKI ECSTAR Suzuki +0.787
8 Danilo Petrucci 9 ITA Ducati Team Ducati +0.794
9 Johann Zarco 5 FRA LCR Honda Idemitsu Honda +0.836
10 Andrea Dovizioso 4 ITA Ducati Team Ducati +0.870
11 Marc Marquez 93 SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda +0.875
12 Francesco Bagnaia 63 ITA Alma Pramac Racing Ducati +1.337
13 Joan Mir 36 SPA Team SUZUKI ECSTAR Suzuki +0.158
14 Aleix Espargaro 41 SPA Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia +0.219
15 Pol Espargaro 44 SPA Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM +0.596
16 Karel Abraham 17 CZE Reale Avintia Racing Ducati +0.856
17 Andrea Iannone 29 ITA Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia +0.989
18 Jorge Lorenzo 99 SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda +1.262
19 Mika Kallio 82 FIN Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM +1.428
20 Hafizh Syahrin 55 THA KTM Tech 3 Racing KTM +1.829
Sunny / 33
Friday 1 Nov 2019, 08:17 UTC
  • Track Condition: Dry
  • Air Temp: 33°C
  • Humidity: 52%
  • Ground Temp: 52°C
# Rider Num Nationality Nat. Team Constructor Constr. Time/Gap
1 Fabio Quartararo 20 FRA Petronas Yamaha SRT Yamaha 1'58.576
2 Franco Morbidelli 21 ITA Petronas Yamaha SRT Yamaha +0.534
3 Andrea Dovizioso 4 ITA Ducati Team Ducati +0.630
4 Maverick Viñales 12 SPA Yamaha Factory Racing Team Yamaha +0.642
5 Valentino Rossi 46 ITA Yamaha Factory Racing Team Yamaha +0.708
6 Marc Marquez 93 SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda +0.941
7 Alex Rins 42 SPA Team SUZUKI ECSTAR Suzuki +0.970
8 Jack Miller 43 AUS Alma Pramac Racing Ducati +1.017
9 Aleix Espargaro 41 SPA Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia +1.131
10 Cal Crutchlow 35 GBR LCR Honda Honda +1.135
11 Francesco Bagnaia 63 ITA Alma Pramac Racing Ducati +1.198
12 Joan Mir 36 SPA Team SUZUKI ECSTAR Suzuki +1.408
13 Danilo Petrucci 9 ITA Ducati Team Ducati +1.481
14 Johann Zarco 5 FRA LCR Honda Idemitsu Honda +1.692
15 Karel Abraham 17 CZE Reale Avintia Racing Ducati +1.901
16 Pol Espargaro 44 SPA Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM +2.082
17 Jorge Lorenzo 99 SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda +2.129
18 Andrea Iannone 29 ITA Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia +2.596
19 Hafizh Syahrin 55 THA KTM Tech 3 Racing KTM +3.003
20 Mika Kallio 82 FIN Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM +3.383
Rider Standings
Sunday, 27 Oct 2019 - Open world standings grid
# Rider Num Nationality Nat. Points Pts. Team Constructor Constr.
1 Marc MARQUEZ 93 SPA 375 Repsol Honda Team Honda
2 Andrea DOVIZIOSO 4 ITA 240 Ducati Team Ducati
3 Alex RINS 42 SPA 183 Team SUZUKI ECSTAR Suzuki
4 Maverick VIñALES 12 SPA 176 Yamaha Factory Racing Team Yamaha
5 Danilo PETRUCCI 9 ITA 169 Ducati Team Ducati
6 Fabio QUARTARARO 20 FRA 163 Petronas Yamaha SRT Yamaha
7 Valentino ROSSI 46 ITA 153 Yamaha Factory Racing Team Yamaha
8 Jack MILLER 43 AUS 141 Alma Pramac Racing Ducati
9 Cal CRUTCHLOW 35 GBR 133 LCR Honda Honda
10 Franco MORBIDELLI 21 ITA 105 Petronas Yamaha SRT Yamaha
11 Pol ESPARGARO 44 SPA 89 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM
12 Joan MIR 36 SPA 77 Team SUZUKI ECSTAR Suzuki
13 Takaaki NAKAGAMI 30 JPN 74 LCR Honda Honda
14 Aleix ESPARGARO 41 SPA 53 Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia
15 Francesco BAGNAIA 63 ITA 50 Alma Pramac Racing Ducati
16 Andrea IANNONE 29 ITA 43 Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia
17 Miguel OLIVEIRA 88 POR 33 KTM Tech 3 Racing KTM
18 Johann ZARCO 5 FRA 30 LCR Honda Idemitsu Honda
19 Jorge LORENZO 99 SPA 23 Repsol Honda Team Honda
20 Tito RABAT 53 SPA 18 Reale Avintia Racing Ducati
21 Stefan BRADL 6 GER 16 Repsol Honda Team Honda
22 Michele PIRRO 51 ITA 9 Ducati Test Team Ducati
23 Hafizh SYAHRIN 55 THA 8 KTM Tech 3 Racing KTM
24 Karel ABRAHAM 17 CZE 7 Reale Avintia Racing Ducati
25 Sylvain GUINTOLI 50 FRA 7 Suzuki Test Team Suzuki
26 Mika KALLIO 82 FIN 2 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM