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  • MotoGP Malaysian GP: Francesco Bagnaia Takes Pole Position, Alex Marquez Wins Sprint Race in Sepang

  • The Round 18 of MotoGP 2023, PETRONAS Grand Prix of Malaysia took place at the Petronas Sepang International Circuit in Sepang on November 11, 2023.


    In Qualifying, Francesco Bagnaia (Ducati Lenovo) took his seventh pole position of the season, following Catalunya GP.
    Jorge Martin was 2nd behind rancesco Bagnaia by just 0.058s. Enea Bastianini (Ducati Lenovo) adavanced to Q2 from Qi and was 3rd. It is his first front raw this year.
    Alex Marquez (Gresini Ducati), Luca Marini (Mooney VR46 Ducati), and Marco Bezzecchi (Mooney VR46 Ducati) will start the second row, respectively.
    Brad Binder (Red Bull KTM) was 7th on the leading Fabio Quartararo (Red Bull KTM) and Maverick Vinales (Aprilia Racing).
    Jack Miller adavanced to Q2 from Q1 along with Enea Bastianini and finished 10th.
    Also, reigning World Superbike champion Alvaro Bautista (Aruba.It Ducati) will start his first MotoGP race since Valencia 2018 from 22nd.

    In the Sprint Race, Alex Marquez took his second victory of the season, following British GP.
    Jorge Martin was 2nd and Francesco Bagnaia was 3rd. This result marks Francesco Bagnaia leads Jorge Martin by just 11 points in World Championship standings.
    Enea Bastianini was 4th and took his best result this year.
    KTM riders Brad Binder and Jack Miller (Red Bull KTM) finished 5th and 6th, each.
    Marco Bezzecchi, Johann Zarco (Pramac Ducati), Luca Marini, and Maverick Viñales rounded out the top 10.
    Alex Marquez said, “I know that tomorrow we have a better chance because the race pace looks really good, but in the sprint I didn't expect to make that difference. I was expecting to be with the top riders, with Jorge and Pecco who was struggling a little bit more. I did everything perfectly, timed everything perfectly, so I'm really happy. We were struggling in the last races. People forget that I was injured and was coming back, but now we are here. We need to keep the level like this until Valencia.”

    PETRONAS Grand Prix of Malaysia Qualifying Results
    1. Francesco Bagnaia / Ducati Lenovo / 1'57.491s
    2. Jorge Martin / Pramac Ducati / +0.058s
    3. Enea Bastianini / Ducati Lenovo / +0.099s
    4. Alex Marquez / Gresini Ducati / +0.170s
    5. Luca Marini / Mooney VR46 Ducati / +0.296s
    6. Marco Bezzecchi / Mooney VR46 Ducati / +0.314s
    7. Brad Binder / Red Bull KTM / +0.559s
    8. Fabio Quartararo / Monster Yamaha / +0.589s
    9. Maverick Viñales / Aprilia Racing / +0.762s
    10. Jack Miller / Red Bull KTM / +0.977s
    11. Fabio Di Giannantonio / Gresini Ducati / +1.720s
    12. Johann Zarco / Pramac Ducati / +4.357s
    13. Aleix Espargaro / Aprilia Racing / 1'58.069s
    14. Augusto Fernandez / Tech3 GASGAS / 1'58.107s
    15. Franco Morbidelli / Monster Yamaha / 1'58.321s
    16. Joan Mir / Repsol Honda / 1'58.44s
    17. Pol Espargaro / Tech3 GASGAS / 1'58.555s
    18. Raul Fernandez / RNF Aprilia / 1'58.623s
    19. Miguel Oliveira / RNF Aprilia / 1'58.638s
    20. Marc Marquez / Repsol Honda / 1'58.717s
    21. Takaaki Nakagami / LCR Honda / 1'58.886s
    22. Alvaro Bautista / Aruba.It Ducati / 1'59.418s
    23. Iker Lecuona / LCR Honda / 1'59.658s

    PETRONAS Grand Prix of Malaysia Sprint Race Results
    1. Alex Marquez / Gresini Ducat / 19m 58.713s
    2. Jorge Martin / Pramac Ducati / +1.589s
    3. Francesco Bagnaia / Ducati Lenovo / +3.034s
    4. Enea Bastianini / Ducati Lenovo / +3.242s
    5. Brad Binder / Red Bull KTM / +3.310s
    6. Jack Miller / Red Bull KTM / +4.318s
    7. Marco Bezzecchi / Mooney VR46 Ducati / +5.307s
    8. Johann Zarco / Pramac Ducati / +5.501s
    9. Luca Marini / Mooney VR46 Ducati / +6.420s
    10. Maverick Viñales / Aprilia Racing / +7.241s
    11. Franco Morbidelli / Monster Yamaha / +8.775s
    12. Aleix Espargaro / Aprilia Racing / +9.995s
    13. Fabio Di Giannantonio / Gresini Ducati / +10.067s
    14. Augusto Fernandez / Tech3 GASGAS / +10.643s
    15. Pol Espargaro / Tech3 GASGAS / +11.005s
    16. Fabio Quartararo / Monster Yamaha / +11.911s
    17. Raul Fernandez / RNF Aprilia / +13.591s
    18. Miguel Oliveira / RNF Aprilia / +15.058s
    19. Takaaki Nakagami / LCR Honda / +16.015s
    20. Iker Lecuona / LCR Honda / +23.484s
    21. Marc Marquez / Repsol Honda / +24.930s
    22. Alvaro Bautista / Aruba.It Ducati / +36.501s
    23. Joan Mir / Repsol Honda / +40.594s

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  • source : MotoGP
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