Malaysian Grand Prix
Race Ended
Sepang International Circuit - 4th November
Fastest Lap - A.Rins 2:00.762
Rider Team Time FLs
7 1
Repsol Honda Team 40:32.372 2 25
8 2
Team SUZUKI ECSTAR +1.898 1 20
1 3
Monster Yamaha Tech 3 +2.474 1 16
11 4
Movistar Yamaha MotoGP +4.667 0 13
10 5
Repsol Honda Team +6.190 0 11
4 6
Ducati Team +11.248 0 10
9 7
Angel Nieto Team +15.611 0 9
5 8
Alma Pramac Racing +19.009 0 8
6 9
Alma Pramac Racing +22.921 0 7
23 10
Monster Yamaha Tech 3 +26.919 0 6
12 11
Aprilia Racing Team Gresini +29.503 0 5
19 12
EG 0,0 Marc VDS +30.933 0 4
20 13
LCR Honda +35.322 0 3
22 14
LCR Honda +37.912 0 2
17 15
Red Bull KTM Factory Racing +39.675 0 1
18 16
EG 0,0 Marc VDS +41.820 0 0
15 17
Reale Avintia Racing +43.978 0 0
2 18
Movistar Yamaha MotoGP +58.288 1 0
13 19
Aprilia Racing Team Gresini +60.191 0 0
16 -
Red Bull KTM Factory Racing Retired 0 0
14 -
Ducati Team Crashed Out 0 0
21 -
Angel Nieto Team Retired 0 0
3 -
Team SUZUKI ECSTAR Crashed Out 0 0
24 -
Reale Avintia Racing Did Not Start 0 0
Live Commentary
Summary: Another exciting race in MotoGP. Incredible result for Marc Marquez. Especially after starting from 7th. But would you consider him lucky? Well, let's be honest. He kept on piling the pressure on Rossi and eventually, the Doctor succumbed.

That is a difference between a winner and a champion. The latter never gives up till the last minute, or shall we say, the last second. This is Marquez' 70th win of his career and the 9th in 2018. Rins has claimed Suzuki's 8th podium of the season.

Have to feel for Valentino Rossi. He led the charge for 15 laps, but could not finish it off. However, his and Vinales' performance might be a good sign for Yamaha come 2019.

Right then. That ends the Malaysian edition of the 2018 MotoGP calendar. There is just one stop left - Valencia. Join us for that on Sunday, 18th November, 2018 at 2 pm local (1300 GMT). ADIOS! TAKE CARE!
Lap 20: MARC MARQUEZ CLAIMS HIS 70TH WIN WITH A VICTORY AT THE MALAYSIAN GP! Alex Rins finishes second while Zarco claims the final spot in the podium.
Lap 19: We enter the final lap of the race as Marc Marquez hunts his 70th win. His race to lose now.
Lap 18: Just 2 laps to go. Marquez is seemingly secure of a win but anyone could finish 2 and 3. 2, 3 and 4 are separated by 2 seconds but Vinales is starting to struggle now.
Lap 17: The new race leader, Marc Marquez, now seems to be coasting. Comfortably 3.84 seconds ahead of second-placed Zarco. Rossi meanwhile, continues his winless streak.
Lap 16: THE DOCTOR CRASHES OUT! The dream has turned into a nightmare for Rossi and the Yamaha team. This is what constant pressure can do. Marquez was piling on the quick lap times and eventually pushed Rossi into an error. While going into Turn 1, Rossi lost his balance and then it was disaster. He tries to get up and then rejoins the race but well, is down in the 19th spot. Race over, nearly. That is how the cookie crumbles. What luck for Marquez.
Lap 15: All the drivers are using a soft rear tyre, except Jack Miller, who is on the mediums. 5 laps to go and this is how the order stands with the final 5 laps approaching: 1. Rossi 2. Marquez (+0.68) 3. Zarco (+5.12) 4. Rins (+6.86) 5. Vinales (+7.58)
Lap 14: Finally, a response from Marquez. After struggling for a majority of this race, he is now lapping 7-tenths of a second quicker than Rossi, as the gap is now down to 0.86 seconds.
Lap 13: Rins has moved up to 4th, going past Pedrosa. But he is nearly 4 seconds off Zarco, for the podium spot.
Lap 12: Rossi keeps on extending his lead at the top of the order. If he doesn't outscore Dovizioso today, the Ducati man will secure the runner-up position in the championship. Well, still 8 laps to go...
Lap 11: Meanwhile, Miller, who is on the Medium tyres for both front and rear, is struggling big time. He has now slipped down to 8th, with Vinales snatching the 7th position from him. Wow. Superb racing from Vinales as he moves to P6 in the same lap! Dovizioso is down to 7th.
Lap 10: We are halfway through the race. This is how the order looks like - 1. Rossi 2. Marquez (+1.12) 3. Zarco (+1.98) 4. Pedrosa (+4.53) 5. Rins (5.14) Going just as the Doctor would have ordered.
Lap 9: Initially, the race was scheduled to start at 0700 GMT but given that the qualifying was red-flagged, the organizers decided to shift the events by two hours ahead.
Lap 8: If you are wondering why Marc Marquez did not start the race after getting pole position, he was hit with a six-place grid penalty for impeding Andrea Iannone yesterday.
Lap 7: Michele Pirro crashes out now. That Turn 15 is turning out to be very risky. This is the second rider to be crashing out at that place while Marquez too, nearly lost his way. Pirro was the replacement for Jorge Lorenzo after the latter pulled out.
Lap 6: Another retirement. It is Karel Abraham. Seems like mechanical issues.
Lap 5: A packed crowd has come in to watch. More than a lakh, to be precise. 5 laps are done. This is how the order looks like - 1. Rossi 2. Marquez (+0.71) 3. Zarco (+1.01) 4. Dovizioso (+2.14) 5. Pedrosa (+2.72)
Lap 4: Meanwhile, local lad Hafizh Syahrin is upto 11th, after starting from the back of the grid.
Lap 3: Marc Marquez puts in the fastest lap of the race so far - a 2:00.924. He is pumping in the fast laps, moving into third, just a second behind Rossi who is still leading.
Lap 2: ANDREA IANNONE CRASHES OUT! It happened at Turn 15, wherein he tried to take a move to his left, but both he and Marquez in front slipped. However, while the Spaniard recovered, the Suzuki driver was not so lucky.
Lap 1: The 5 green lights on and the Malaysian GP is underway! Terrific start from Valentino Rossi as he takes the lead from Zarco in Turn 1 itself! Marquez has moved up to 5th and guess who is in 6th - no prizes - Andrea Dovizioso.
Preview: The national anthem is done and we are minutes away from the start. The clouds are arriving but hopefully, we shall get through the 20 allotted laps. THE WARM-UP LAP IS UNDERWAY. It is time for the penultimate race of the year. The carnival moves to Malaysia as Sepang gets ready to host. Qualifying was an irritation, as it was full of rain. Luckily, as of now, it is bright and sunny, given that the timings were shifted because of the forecast. Smart stuff.
Temp: 34°C
Forecast: Sunny
Track: Dry

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