Saturday, October 25, 2014

Repsol Honda's Marquez Wins 50th Career Pole, Pedrosa 2nd in MotoGP Qualifying at Sepang

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Shell Advance Malaysian Motorcycle Grand Prix

Round 17 - Saturday, October 25th 2014

  Malaysia - Qualifying Report

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sunny 35°C
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Marquez takes 50th career pole and new Sepang record with Dani in second

Marquez takes 50th career pole and new Sepang record with Dani in second

Repsol Honda’s Marc Marquez and Dani Pedrosa have qualified first and second for tomorrow’s Malaysian GP, their fourth 1-2 of the 2014 season. They were the only riders to set a time under 2’00 minutes and both riders smashed Marc’s pole record from 2013 (2’00.011) with Marc’s time of 1’59.791 sending him to the top of the time sheets and Dani just 0.182 behind him with 1’59.973.
It’s been a searingly hot day in Malaysia, with track temperatures reaching 56ºC. Dani, fastest yesterday and in this morning’s FP3, found a good setup for qualifying and has put himself in a prime position to challenge for victory tomorrow, and importantly ahead of Lorenzo (3rd) and Rossi (6th) in his fight for second place in the World Championship.
Marc was able to put his small FP4 crash behind him and claim his 50th career pole (14 in 125cc, 14 in Moto2, 22 in MotoGP) and his thirteenth of 2014 which is a new record for pole positions in a season in the premier-class, bettering the record held by fellow Repsol Honda riders Mick Doohan (12 in 1997) and Casey Stoner (12 in 2011).
Tomorrow Dani will become the tenth rider to reach the milestone of 150 starts in the premier-class of Grand Prix racing and Honda will be looking to add the Constructor’s Title to the Rider’s Title they won in Japan. With a 45 point lead over their closest rivals, a finish from any Honda rider in the top eleven is enough to clinch the crown for Honda. The Repsol Honda Team are also able to win the Team’s Title tomorrow, with Marc or Dani needing to outscore Lorenzo or Rossi by five points. The race will begin at 16h00 local time.
Team Quotes
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Marc Marquez
1st - 1'59.791
“I am very happy to have taken pole position, because the temperature out on track was very high and it was difficult to do such a good lap! The time was very good - better than I had expected - so I am delighted with how things went today. Let's hope that tomorrow's race is dry, but Dani looks to be a very strong candidate for the win; he has a great pace and we hope to be ready to fight with him from the opening lap! I'm also happy to have broken the record. Maybe pole positions are somewhat insignificant because they don't give you any points, but you achieve them by being the fastest rider over a single lap. That doesn't mean that you will be the fastest in the race, of course, so the most important thing is what happens tomorrow.”
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Dani Pedrosa
2nd - 1'59.973
“It was a good qualifying session. The times that were being put in were amazing, because in this heat the bikes don't normally go that fast and the tyres don't tend to have so much grip. We will try to have a good race, because the last two have not been great for us. We have a strong desire to take a good result, and we also need one if we want to finish runners-up in the Championship, but the first thing that we have to do is push 100% tomorrow regardless whether it rains or shines!”

qualifying results

  Shell Advance Malaysian Motorcycle Grand Prix - Round 17
1Marc Marquez93ESPRepsol Honda TeamHONDA1'59.791
2Dani Pedrosa26ESPRepsol Honda TeamHONDA1'59.973
3Jorge Lorenzo99ESPMovistar Yamaha MotoGPYAMAHA2'00.203
4Stefan Bradl6GERLCR Honda MotoGPHONDA2'00.472
5Andrea Dovizioso4ITADucati TeamDUCATI2'00.703
6Valentino Rossi46ITAMovistar Yamaha MotoGPYAMAHA2'00.740
7Aleix Espargaro41ESPNGM Mobile Forward RacingYAMAHA2'00.801
8Cal Crutchlow35GBRDucati TeamDUCATI2'01.119
9Bradley Smith38GBRMonster Yamaha Tech 3YAMAHA2'01.263
10Alvaro Bautista19ESPGo & Fun Honda GresiniHONDA2'02.294
11Hiroshi Aoyama7JPNDrive M7 AsparHONDA2'10.568
12Pol Espargaro44ESPMonster Yamaha Tech 3YAMAHA2'01.885
13Yonny Hernandez68COLPramac RacingDUCATI2'02.184
14Nicky Hayden69USADrive M7 AsparHONDA2'02.330
15Karel Abraham17CZECardion AB MotoracingHONDA2'02.548
16Hector Barbera8ESPAvintia Racing MotoGPFTR-KAWASAKI2'02.682
17Scott Redding45GBRGo & Fun Honda GresiniHONDA2'02.874
18Alex De Angelis15RSMNGM Mobile Forward RacingYAMAHA2'03.165
19Danilo Petrucci9ITAIodaRacing ProjectIODA-SUTER2'03.874
20Michael Laverty70GBRPaul Bird MotorsportART & PBM2'04.539
21Mike Di Meglio63FRAAvintia Racing MotoGPFTR-KAWASAKI2'04.784
22Broc Parkes23AUSPaul Bird MotorsportPBM2'05.208
23Andrea Iannone29ITAPramac RacingDUCATI2'02.597

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Circuit Information

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Length5.548 m / 3.447 miles
Left corners5
Right corners10
Longest straight920 m / 0.572 miles
Sepang International Circuit Sdn. Bhd.
Jalan Pekeliling
64000 KLIA
Selangor Darul Ehsan
Pole Position1m 59.791 (166.5km/h) Marc Marquez (Honda, 2014)
Race lap2m 01.415s (164.5km/h) Marc Marquez (Honda, 2013)
Race time40m 45.191s (163.3 km/h) Dani Pedrosa (Honda, 2013)
2012 Race WinnerDani Pedrosa (Honda)
2013 Race WinnerDani Pedrosa (Honda)
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Movistar Yamaha's Lorenzo 3rd, Rossi 6th in MotoGP Sepang Qualifying

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Sepang, Malaysia
Grand Prix of Malaysia
Lorenzo Secures Front Row in Heated Sepang Qualifying
14:35 Local time GMT+8
SunnySunnyTemperatureAir 35°C
Track 56°C
TemperatureHumidity 51%
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 Sepang International Circuit (Sepang, Malaysia), 25th October 2014

Movistar Yamaha MotoGP’s Jorge Lorenzo continued his competitive form of yesterday this afternoon at the hot Sepang International Circuit by taking third on the grid. His teammate, Valentino Rossi, had a challenging qualifying session and will start tomorrow’s Malaysian Motorcycle Grand Prix from sixth position.

Despite the fact that the lengthy track allows little time for multiple hot laps, Lorenzo made sure to leave pitlane last for the 15 minute qualifying heat to be ensured of some clear space. When on his way the Majorcan was fast straight out of the box and posted a 2’00.469 lap to take provisional third. He was unable to improve on his time on his second try and came into the pits for a fresh set of tyres with six minutes left on the clock.

Less than three minutes later Lorenzo was back out on the track for one last shot at claiming pole position and immediately posted a 2’00.203 lap, which saw him hold second place briefly, until a late effort by rival Dani Pedrosa relegated him to third.

Teammate Rossi had an eventful day at the Malaysian circuit. During the 4th Free Practice session the Doctor was one of several riders to fall victim to a small crashe at the treacherous circuit. Luckily Rossi was uninjured and was back in the pit garage in plenty of time for the 2nd Qualifying session.

Similar to his teammate, the nine-time World Champion bided his time at the start of the qualifying session. His first flying lap of 2’01.218 put him in fifth position before being pushed back to sixth by Andrea Dovizioso.

After a quick stop at the box, Rossi was back on his way with more than four minutes remaining, allowing the Italian to put in two more laps. He put his head down once more and clocked a 2’00.740 which briefly earned him fifth place before a last minute flurry of activity saw him end the session in sixth.
Jorge Lorenzo
99Jorge Lorenzo
3rd / 2'00.203 / 6 laps
“I am very happy with third place on the grid, because I knew that apart from the factory team some of the other Honda riders like Bradl or Bautista were going to be fast too. In the end I managed to claim the front row. I tried to get the pole position, but compared to Honda we needed just a little more acceleration when exiting the corners. I think we are getting closer in terms of race pace. This is probably one of the worst tracks for Yamaha, but I am very satisfied with the work we’re doing. The bike is very good in all sectors; under braking, corners and acceleration. Tomorrow it will be impossible to ride similar lap times, especially when the tyres start to drop. If you’re able to ride 2’01 laps it will be very good effort for trying to win the race. I would prefer the race to be dry, but if it rains I think we’re ready too.”

46Valentino Rossi
6th / 2'00.740 / 6 laps
“We had to try the hard front tyre and it was not so bad, but unfortunately I had some chatter and I crashed. We have to make a decision for tomorrow, because with the medium front tyre we are closer to the limit and we have to ride smoother. Starting from the second row is not so bad considering that we struggled with the setting of the bike yesterday and today. We improved more today compared to yesterday, but we have to take another step for tomorrow. The two Honda’s are very strong and Jorge is also a bit faster than me. If I want to stay with them, I have to improve my setting and my pace. The weather here is impossible to understand. It’s not like Phillip Island where the temperature goes down in the afternoon. It’s now four o’clock and it’s around 38 degrees, but it depends on the rain. We hope it will be a dry race and a little bit cooler than today and we will try.”

Valentino Rossi
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Massimo Meregalli
“Today it was extremely hot, which makes it a real challenge for the riders. Jorge did good job to secure a front row start for tomorrow, he has a very good pace and speed and is in a good position for the race. Vale has a good pace but was unable to find the perfect set up for qualifying and crashed with his preferred bike, that made it hard to find a good rhythm. Despite this he was able to secure a second row start, which is important here for the first corners. As there is a real possibility of rain tomorrow we would have liked at least one wet practice today to work further on our wet set up. We’ll continue to work tonight to try a couple more things for warm up tomorrow morning and then we are ready as we can be for race."

The extended imagery from today's Qualifying session at the Sepang International Circuit (Sepang, Malaysia) is available on
1.Marc Marquez (SPA)Repsol Honda Team1'59.791
2.Dani Pedrosa (SPA)Repsol Honda Team1'59.973
3.Jorge Lorenzo (SPA)Movistar Yamaha MotoGP2'00.203
4.Stefan Bradl (GER)LCR Honda MotoGP2'00.472
5.Andrea Dovizioso (ITA)Ducati Team2'00.703
6.Valentino Rossi (ITA)Movistar Yamaha MotoGP2'00.740
7.Aleix Espargaro (SPA)NGM Forward Racing2'00.801
8.Cal Crutchlow (GBR)Ducati Team2'01.119
9.Bradley Smith (GBR)Monster Yamaha Tech32'01.263
10.Alvaro Bautista (SPA)Go&Fun Honda Gresini2'02.294
11.Hiroshi Aoyama (JPN)Drive M7 Aspar2'10.568
12.Pol Espargarò (SPA)Monster Yamaha Tech32'01.885
13.Yonny Hernandez (COL)Energy T.I. Pramac Racing2'02.184
14.Nicky Hayden (USA)Drive M7 Aspar2'02.330
15.Karel Abraham (CZE)Cardion AB Motoracing2'02.548
16.Hector Barbera (SPA)Avintia Racing2'02.682
17.Scott Redding (GBR)Go&Fun Honda Gresini2'02.874
18.Alex De Angelis (RSM)NGM Forward Racing2'03.165
19.Danilo Petrucci (ITA)Octo IodaRacing Team2'03.874
20.Michael Laverty (GBR)Paul Bird Motorsport2'04.539
21.Mike Di Meglio (FRA)Avintia Racing2'04.784
22.Brok Parkes (AUS)Paul Bird Motorsport2'05.208
23.Andrea Iannone (ITA)Pramac Racing2'02.597
Technical Informations
LocationSepang, Malaysia
Length (m)5548
Width (m)25
Turns righ10
Turns left5
Pole positionleft
Grand Prix of Malaysia
Record Lap
Time 2'01.415
Best Lap
Time 1'59.791
2013 Results
1st D.Pedrosa (Honda): 40'45"191
2ndM.Marquez (Honda): +2.757
3rdJ.Lorenzo (Yamaha): +6.669
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