MotoGP Malaysian: Francesco Bagnaia Wins at Sepang International Circuit, Title Race Heads to Valencia
- PETRONAS Grand Prix of Malaysia watched the World Championship leader Francesco Bagnaia (Ducati Lenovo) claimed his 7th victory of 2022 season at the Sepang International Circuit in Malaysia on October 23, 2022.
But Fabio Quartararo (Monster Yamaha) finished 3rd from 12th to keep the title contender.
The 2022 MotoGP™ World Championship title race will be decided at the season finale in Valencia.
Enea Bastianini (Monster Yamaha) pressured Francesco Bagnaia and moved up to top at once time, but finally finished 2nd behind Francesco Bagnaia by just +0.270 seconds.
Pole sitter Jorge Martin (Pramac Ducati) led the race, but crashed out at Turn 5 on Lap 7, and handed the lead to Francesco Bagnaia.
Marco Bezzecchi (Mooney VR46 Ducati), Alex Rins (Suzuki Ecstar) and Jack Miller (Ducati Lenovo) finished 4th, 5th and 6th, respectively.
The 3rd position start, Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda) ended the race down in P7, Brad Binder (Red Bull KTM) claimed 8th, with Johann Zarco (Pramac Ducati) and Aleix Espargaro (Aprilia Racing) rounding out the top 10.
Francesco Bagnaia said, “First of all, I want to say I had the best ever start to a race in my life. It was perfect. I took some risks. Following Jorge was a bit too much for the rear tyre and I was starting to stress. But then he crashed, unfortunately, and we did a really good job in terms of the championship. We can be very happy.”
Fabio Quartararo said, “It's been a long time since I made the podium. I gave my maximum today, couldn't do any better, but I'm proud of myself because I felt this is one of my best rides of the season. I'm happy at least we're bringing it to Valencia. Even if the chance is super small, we did everything to bring it to Valencia.”
PETRONAS Grand Prix of Malaysia Race Results
- Francesco Bagnaia / Ducati Lenovo / 40m 14.332s
- Enea Bastianini / Gresini Ducati / +0.270s
- Fabio Quartararo / Monster Yamaha / +2.773s
- Marco Bezzecchi / Mooney VR46 Ducati / +5.446s
- Alex Rins / Suzuki Ecstar / +11.923s
- Jack Miller / Ducati Lenovo / +13.472s
- Marc Marquez / Repsol Honda / +14.304s
- Brad Binder / Red Bull KTM / +16.805s
- Johann Zarco / Pramac Ducati / +18.358s
- Aleix Espargaro / Aprilia Racing / +21.591s
- Franco Morbidelli / Monster Yamaha / +23.235s
- Cal Crutchlow / WithU Yamaha RNF / +24.641s
- Miguel Oliveira / Red Bull KTM / +24.918s
- Pol Espargaro / Repsol Honda / +25.586s
- Raul Fernandez / KTM Tech3 / +27.039s
- Maverick Viñales / Aprilia Racing / +30.427s
- Alex Marquez / LCR Honda / +33.322s
- Remy Gardner / KTM Tech3 / +33.691s
- Joan Mir / Suzuki Ecstar / +41.838s
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