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  • MotoGP Malaysian: Jorge Martin Takes Back-To-Back Poles with New Lap Record at Sepang International Circuit

  • The Round 19 of MotoGP 2022, PETRONAS Grand Prix of Malaysia took place at the Sepang International Circuit in Malaysia on October 22, 2022.

    Jorge Martin (Pramac Ducati) claimed back-to-back pole positions with a new lap record 1'57.790s, following Australian GP.
    Enea Bastianini (Gresini Ducati) took 2nd behind Jorge Martin by 0.456s. Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda) advanced to Q2 from Q1 and took 3rd.
    Marc Bezzecchi (Mooney VR46 Ducati) heads row two ahead of Alex Rins (Suzuki Ecstar) and Luca Marini (Mooney VR46 Ducati).
    Franco Morbidelli (Monster Yamaha) was 7th, but will have to serve two long lap penalties in the race for impeding in FP3. Maverick Vinales (Aprilia Racing) finished 9th.
    World Championship leader Francesco Bagnaia (Ducati Lenovo) advanced to Q2 from Q1 along with Marc Marquez, but he crashed at Turn 4 and finished 9th.
    World Championship Title contender Aleix Espargaro (Aprilia Racing) crashed at Turn 8 and finished 10th.
    Another World title contender Fabio Quartararo (Monster Yamaha) was forced to abort his final flying lap when he suffered a front-end moment going through Turn 8, where he crashed in FP4, picking up a minor finger injury on his left hand. Finally he was 12th.

    Jorge Martin said, “Phillip Island was great, also Austin. I mean, I'm normally making good laps and when I have the feeling, so the good thing is that the feeling is back. It's important to finish the season like this. I thought somebody would improve on the second stint so I pushed a bit harder and it came well. I thought that maybe I was a bit on my limit, almost crashing at some points of the track, but anyway happy, happy, really happy. I feel like we have the pace for the win so I am super-happy about everything. It's not easy to dip into the 1:57s as it was so humid today. I managed 1:58s in my first run, in which I made two mistakes. I expected the other guys to improve and go faster, so I tried harder in my next attempt. I am really happy. We were struggling in the middle of the season with the front end. We made some changes to the bike, which is why I lost some confidence. But I am happy with our setup now, and we are not touching anything on the bike.”

    PETRONAS Grand Prix of Malaysia Qualifying Results
    1. Jorge Martin / Pramac Ducati / 1'57.790s
    2. Enea Bastianini / Gresini Ducati / +0.456s
    3. Marc Marquez / Repsol Honda / +0.664s
    4. Marco Bezzecchi / Mooney VR46 Ducati / +0.700s
    5. Alex Rins / Suzuki Ecstar / +0.785s
    6. Luca Marini / Mooney VR46 Ducati / +0.789s
    7. Franco Morbidelli / Monster Yamaha / +0.864s
    8. Maverick Viñales / Aprilia Racing / +0.976s
    9. Francesco Bagnaia / Ducati Lenovo / +1.072s
    10. Aleix Espargaro / Aprilia Racing / +1.145s
    11. Joan Mir / Suzuki Ecstar / +1.355s
    12. Fabio Quartararo / Monster Yamaha / +1.425s
    13. Brad Binder / Red Bull KTM / 1'59.053s
    14. Jack Miller / Ducati Lenovo / 1'59.064s
    15. Cal Crutchlow / WithU Yamaha RNF / 1'59.256s
    16. Fabio Di Giannantonio / Gresini Ducati / 1'59.278s
    17. Pol Espargaro / Repsol Honda / 1'59.363s
    18. Johann Zarco / Pramac Ducati / 1'59.69s
    19. Miguel Oliveira / Red Bull KTM / 1'59.699s
    20. Remy Gardner / KTM Tech3 / 1'59.803s
    21. Alex Marquez / LCR Honda / 2'0.008s
    22. Raul Fernandez / KTM Tech3 / 2'0.077s
    23. Tetsuta Nagashima / LCR Honda / 2'0.803s
    24. Darryn Binder / WithU Yamaha / 2'10.717s

    Photo by MotoGP™
  • source : MotoGP
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