MotoGP king Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda Team RC213V) finished a brave second in today’s Malaysian Grand Prix at Sepang, just 24 hours after taking a heavy tumble in yesterday’s qualifying session.

This remarkable result continues Marquez’s amazing run of 17 top-two finishes from the first 18 races of 2019. It also breaks yet another record for the 26-year-old Spaniard, who has scored 395 points so far this season, an all-time record.

Weather conditions at Sepang were as gruelling as ever, with high temperatures and sweltering humidity making this arguably the toughest race of the season for riders, their motorcycles and tyres.

Life would have been tough for Marquez during a perfect Sepang weekend, but the six-times MotoGP World Champion made life more difficult for himself by falling at Turn Two yesterday. The crash left him battered and bruised, but once again he shrugged off the pain throughout the race to finish just three seconds behind winner Maverick Vinales.

Marquez’s injuries weren’t his only concern following yesterday’s tumble. As a result of the fall he was unable to complete qualifying, which put him outside the top ten on the grid for the first time since Mugello 2015.

And yet he rode an incredible first few laps, using the awesome power of his RC213V to move into fifth place in the first corners and into second place by the end of the first lap. From there he gave chase to Vinales, who was also his main rival in last Sunday’s Australian GP, but he had already overused his tyres in that epic early comeback. Occasionally he did slightly close the gap on his countryman, but considering his physical condition he decided to focus on staying on board in the hot and slippery conditions.

With 18 of 19 races done Marquez’s record stands at 11 victories, six second places and one DNF, when he slid out of the lead in April’s Grand Prix of the Americas.

Marquez secured the 2019 MotoGP Riders World Championship at last month’s Thailand Grand Prix and helped Honda wrap up a record-breaking 25th MotoGP Constructors World Championship at the Japanese Grand Prix two weeks ago. Two Sundays from now he will aim to help the Repsol Honda Team win the MotoGP Teams World Championship. If rider, manufacturer and team succeed in this endeavour it will be their third consecutive triple crown.

Marquez’s record-breaking result made his day complete, after his younger brother earlier secured the Moto2 World Championship. Alex Marquez (EG 0,0 Marc VDS Kalex) finished second in today’s Moto2 race to make sure of the title with one race remaining. Indeed, the joy of the brotherly celebration helped him forget his injuries when he went out to race his RC213V!

Team-mate Jorge Lorenzo (Repsol Honda Team RC213V) rode a determined race, securing his first World Championship points since September’s San Marino Grand Prix. The three-times MotoGP World Champion is still working his way back to full strength and confidence following a four-race layoff due to injuries sustained at June’s Dutch TT.

Lorenzo’s pace through the race, chasing Aleix Espargaro over the line, suggested that he is slowly returning to full-race fitness. The 33-year-old Spaniard also fell yesterday but suffered no ill effects during the race, when he rode with more confidence than he’s had at recent races.

Johan Zarco (LCR Honda IDEMITSU RC213V) was very much out of luck. The 29-year-old Frenchman was showing great speed during his second race aboard the 2018-spec RC213V machines of Takaaki Nakagami (LCR Honda IDEMITSU RC213V), who is recovering from shoulder surgery. Zarco rode a strong race, working his way forward and into the top ten. He was running a very promising ninth with just four laps to go when he was taken out by Joan Mir. The Spanish rookie was sanctioned with a long-lap penalty for his aggressive move on Zarco.

Last Sunday Cal Crutchlow (LCR Honda CASTROL RC213V) finished a brilliant second to Marquez in Australia after a superb weekend’s work. However, the 34-year-old Briton has had a more challenging time here. He was able to chase faster riders in qualifying to snatch an excellent second-row start, but he struggled to extract maximum performance from his RC213V over race distance. Crutchlow was holding 12th place, unable to find decent front grip, when he slid off six laps before the finish. It was his first fall since he crashed in similarly low-grip conditions at Misano in September.

Today’s Malaysian Grand Prix followed the Japanese and Australian events, on three consecutive weekends. The MotoGP paddock now returns to Europe for the season-ending Valencia Grand Prix in Spain on November 17.

Marc Marquez

Marc Marquez 93

It was an incredible race, a great first lap. Maybe the best of my career, alongside Mugello 2015 – I watched this lap last night to see what I did! It was a very nice first lap but unfortunately I destroyed the tyre in those first three laps and I lost a little time with [Jack] Miller. Vinales was faster than us today and the target was the podium. I tried to do like in Phillip Island and stay right behind him but the gap was too big at 1.1 seconds and I made a mistake and dropped back. I’m happy with my race, but you can’t imagine how happy I am for my brother’s victory – he deserves it so much. It’s an incredible day but we also have to remember [Afridza] Munandar, a young and talented rider who we unfortunately lost. A big hug to his family and friends.

Repsol Honda Team
Jorge Lorenzo

Jorge Lorenzo 99

At the start of the race it was very difficult with the other riders around, the turbulence disturbed my pace a lot. But there are some positives because I was able to be within seven tenths of my best lap time for the whole race. Obviously we are still not fast enough but we are getting closer and closer to the goal of being 30 seconds from the winner after my crash in Assen. The two points we earned are important to help the team fight for the Teams Championship in Valencia, this is the main objective now.

Repsol Honda Team
Cal Crutchlow

Cal Crutchlow 35

Today was a very difficult race and I’m very disappointed with the result. I got a really bad start and after the first laps I found myself well back in the field. I had a bad feeling with the tyres – I didn’t feel good grip from the track with the bike setting for these conditions. I felt we made progress over the weekend, but after a bad start and being passed by a lot of riders in the first laps I struggled to have the pace to go with the front guys. I made a small mistake in braking while I was trying to find some grip from front and rear. I turned the engine-brake down and unfortunately locked the front tyre. We had a good few races before coming here, so now we look forward to the season finale at Valencia.

LCR Honda
Johann Zarco

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I was happy with my race. I had a good pace and was back fighting with some good guys, although I still need to make another step to ride the Honda better, but so far I feel good on the bike and I have the potential to go faster and go with the top guys. It is always difficult in the heat in Malaysia, but I was giving my best and going well. I had a good fight with Jack [Miller] for eighth position. I could’ve been faster, so I tried to overtake Jack many times, but then he overtook me and we lost time, so some guys caught us. When I tried to overtake Jack again Joan Mir did an extreme overtake on me and I crashed. It’s a shame but in the back of my mind it’s a good feeling to be fighting for good results once again. I will keeping pushing and learning and hope for a good result at Valencia.

LCR Honda Idemitsu
Shell Malaysia Motorcycle Grand Prix

Sepang International Circuit, Malaysia

MotoGP 2019, Round 18

Sunny / 32
Sunday 3 Nov 2019, 07:58 UTC
  • Track Condition: Dry
  • Air Temp: 32°C
  • Humidity: 60%
  • Ground Temp: 44°C
# Rider Num Nationality Nat. Points Pts. Team Constructor Constr. Time/Gap
1 Maverick Viñales 12 SPA 25 Yamaha Factory Racing Team Yamaha 40'14.632
2 Marc Marquez 93 SPA 20 Repsol Honda Team Honda +3.059
3 Andrea Dovizioso 4 ITA 16 Ducati Team Ducati +5.611
4 Valentino Rossi 46 ITA 13 Yamaha Factory Racing Team Yamaha +5.965
5 Alex Rins 42 SPA 11 Team SUZUKI ECSTAR Suzuki +6.350
6 Franco Morbidelli 21 ITA 10 Petronas Yamaha SRT Yamaha +9.993
7 Fabio Quartararo 20 FRA 9 Petronas Yamaha SRT Yamaha +12.864
8 Jack Miller 43 AUS 8 Alma Pramac Racing Ducati +17.252
9 Danilo Petrucci 9 ITA 7 Ducati Team Ducati +19.773
10 Joan Mir 36 SPA 6 Team SUZUKI ECSTAR Suzuki +22.854
11 Pol Espargaro 44 SPA 5 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM +24.821
12 Francesco Bagnaia 63 ITA 4 Alma Pramac Racing Ducati +30.251
13 Aleix Espargaro 41 SPA 3 Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia +30.447
14 Jorge Lorenzo 99 SPA 2 Repsol Honda Team Honda +34.215
15 Mika Kallio 82 FIN 1 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM +34.461
16 Hafizh Syahrin 55 THA 0 KTM Tech 3 Racing KTM +44.319
17 Karel Abraham 17 CZE 0 Reale Avintia Racing Ducati +47.343
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, 3 Nov 2019 - Open world standings grid
# Rider Num Nationality Nat. Points Pts. Team Constructor Constr.
1 Marc MARQUEZ 93 SPA 395 Repsol Honda Team Honda
2 Andrea DOVIZIOSO 4 ITA 256 Ducati Team Ducati
3 Maverick VIñALES 12 SPA 201 Yamaha Factory Racing Team Yamaha
4 Alex RINS 42 SPA 194 Team SUZUKI ECSTAR Suzuki
5 Danilo PETRUCCI 9 ITA 176 Ducati Team Ducati
6 Fabio QUARTARARO 20 FRA 172 Petronas Yamaha SRT Yamaha
7 Valentino ROSSI 46 ITA 166 Yamaha Factory Racing Team Yamaha
8 Jack MILLER 43 AUS 149 Alma Pramac Racing Ducati
9 Cal CRUTCHLOW 35 GBR 133 LCR Honda Honda
10 Franco MORBIDELLI 21 ITA 115 Petronas Yamaha SRT Yamaha
11 Pol ESPARGARO 44 SPA 94 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM
12 Joan MIR 36 SPA 83 Team SUZUKI ECSTAR Suzuki
13 Takaaki NAKAGAMI 30 JPN 74 LCR Honda Honda
14 Aleix ESPARGARO 41 SPA 56 Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia
15 Francesco BAGNAIA 63 ITA 54 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 25 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 3 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM