MotoGP Malaysian GP: Enea Bastianini Takes Comeback Win in Sepang
PETRONAS Grand Prix of Malaysia watched Enea Bastianini (Ducati Lenovo) took his first victory of the season at the Petronas Sepang International Circuit in Sepang on November 12, 2023.
It is his first win in a year and two months since the 2022 Aragon GP. Also, this marks his first victory as a factory Ducati rider.
The Sprint Race winner Alex Marquez (Gresini Ducati) finished 2nd, which is his best result of the season, following the 3rd place in Argentine GP.
Francesco Bagnaia (Ducati Lenovo) took the 3rd place ahead of Jorge Martin (Pramac Ducati), who was 4th.
This result marks Francesco Bagnaia leads Jorge Martin by 14 points in World Championship standings.
Fabio Quartararo (Monster Yamaha) finished 5th ahead of Marco Bezzecchi (Mooney VR46 Ducati).
Marco Bezzecchi finished 6th, it means that he was officially out of the championship battle.
Franco Morbidelli (Monster Yamaha) was 7th. Following Franco Morbidelli, Jack Miller (Red Bull KTM), Fabio Di Giannantonio (Gresini Ducati) and Luca Marini (Mooney VR46 Ducati) completed the top 10.
Enea Bastianini said, “It was impossible for me to train and I had three months at the gym to move the legs. Also the other parts of the body have to work if you want to be fast with a MotoGP bike. I have an incredible feeling now and it was a great race. I saw yesterday in the sprint that my pace was okay for today and that I could do more. It is fantastic because the team worked very well from the start. It was important to stay on top. If you are behind it is difficult with the tyre pressure to be fast and to overtake the riders in front of you. One of the keys was to be first. Alex put pressure on me during the whole race because it [the gap] was 0.5s until the last five or six laps. It's simple, you know. Jorge has had a great season and me not. I have been low [down the order] but I know why. It is difficult to explain my feeling but now I have sent a message to Ducati. My feeling now is really good inside the team. I think it's a good situation. I don't know Ducati's decision and what it will be. I was confirmed at the Misano GP but let's see.”
PETRONAS Grand Prix of Malaysia Race Results
- Enea Bastianini / Ducati Lenovo / 39m 59.137s
- Alex Marquez / Gresini Ducati / +1.535s
- Francesco Bagnaia / Ducati Lenovo / +3.562s
- Jorge Martin / Pramac Ducati / +10.526s
- Fabio Quartararo / Monster Yamaha / +15.000s
- Marco Bezzecchi / Mooney VR46 Ducati / +16.946s
- Franco Morbidelli / Monster Yamaha / +18.553s
- Jack Miller / Red Bull KTM / +19.204s
- Fabio Di Giannantonio / Gresini Ducati / +19.399s
- Luca Marini / Mooney VR46 Ducati / +19.740s
- Maverick Viñales / Aprilia Racing / +21.189s
- Johann Zarco / Pramac Ducati / +23.598s
- Marc Marquez / Repsol Honda / +27.079s
- Augusto Fernandez / Tech3 GASGAS / +28.940s
- Pol Espargaro / Tech3 GASGAS / +29.849s
- Iker Lecuona / LCR Honda / +50.960s
- Alvaro Bautista / Aruba.It Ducati / +53.564s
- Takaaki Nakagami / LCR Honda / +42.162s
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