Scorching hot conditions in Sepang were no issue for Marc Marquez and Jorge Lorenzo as they took sixth and 17th respectively as the weekend’s action began.

A productive first day at the Sepang International Circuit allowed the Repsol Honda Team to collectively complete 60 laps between Marc Marquez and Jorge Lorenzo, the pair taking advantage of the dry track time to experiment with the settings of their Honda RC213V machines.

Friday morning in Sepang proved to be an eventful day for Marc Marquez who started with another trademark save at Turn 2. Ending Free Practice 1 in fourth with a 1’59.517, Marquez booked himself a provisional spot in Q2. Working on his race pace in FP2, the eight-time World Champion and his Repsol Honda Team were pleased with what they achieved on Friday. Alongside this, Marquez was also able to begin to experiment with options for the 2020 season.

Jorge Lorenzo returned to closing the gap to leaders, ending the day in 17th overall after improving his lap time by eight tenths in the afternoon. Free Practice 2 saw Lorenzo post more competitive times, one of several riders to improve despite the oppressively hot track in the afternoon. Lorenzo still believes there is more to come this weekend, confident he has time left to find.

Practice resumes at 10:50 Local Time ahead of Qualifying for the Malaysian GP at 15:05 Local Time.

Marc Marquez

Marc Marquez 93

Today was a busy day, just in the first or second lap of the day I had a very big save. It was probably one of the best of the season, but we also had a warning from the bike's dashboard later. I decided it was better to be safe and switch off the bike and come back to the box. The team resolved it and, in the end, it wasn’t a big issue and afterwards we were able to work normally. This afternoon we worked on our race pace and it wasn’t too bad. I think we’re second or third right now in terms of pace. The team is focused on the end of the season, but we also have an eye on 2020 and tried some ideas today.

Repsol Honda Team
Jorge Lorenzo

Jorge Lorenzo 99

From Phillip Island to here, it’s a big change – they’re almost the opposite. Here, there is a lot of grip and it’s quite flat with good weather, all of this has given me a better feeling. In terms of our pace we were 1.1 to 1.5 seconds behind. We tried something different with the setting to improve our rear grip, but we weren’t able to take full profit of it when pushing for a single fast lap so I think I could have done a 2’00.3 or a 2’00.2 and been closer to the front. For tomorrow the objective is to keep improving and do a 1’59.

Repsol Honda Team
Shell Malaysia Motorcycle Grand Prix

Sepang International Circuit, Malaysia

MotoGP 2019, Round 18

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