Sepang heat does not slow Quartararo in Sepang

Fabio Quartararo shows the competition how it is done
Fabio Quartararo shows the competition how it is done

A 1:58.576 in MotoGP FP2 saw Fabio Quartararo (Petronas Yamaha SRT) smash his FP1 lap record as the Frenchman sits 0.534 clear on Day 1 at the Shell Malaysian Motorcycle Grand Prix. His nearest challenge remains teammate Franco Morbidelli with Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati Team) sitting P3, but the Italian is 0.630 off Quartararo’s blistering pace.

Friday saw the premier class get two valuable fully dry sessions under their belt ahead of a weekend forecast of wet weather, so, as is often the case, FP2 was vital in terms of a provisional automatic Q2 place. But could anyone get the better of FP1 pacesetter Quartararo? In the early stages of FP2, no one was penetrating the top 10 from FP1 as riders focused on getting some mileage on different Michelin tire specs. LCR Honda Idemitsu’s Johann Zarco was an early improver in the afternoon though, the Frenchman moved himself up to P12, while fellow Honda man Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda Team) – after a bike issue in FP1 – placed himself at the top of the FP2 time screens.

Location Information

Specifically built for speed and exciting racing, the Sepang International Circuit in Malaysia is one of the world’s best. The 2,300 acre complex cost around £50m to construct and was built in just 14 months, holding its first Grand Prix in April 1999 and setting the standard for race circuits… read more

Length 5.543 kilometres / 3.444 miles
Width 25 metres
Left corners 5
Right corners 10
Longest straight 0.920 kilometres / 0.572 miles
Constructed 1998

Circuit Records

Pole Position 1m 59.053s (167.6km/h) Dani Pedrosa (Honda, 2015)
Race Lap 2m 00.606s (165.4km/h) Jorge Lorenzo (Yamaha, 2015)
Race Time 40m 32.372s (164.0 km/h) Marc Marquez (Honda, 2018)
2018 Race Winner Marc Marquez (Honda)

Sepang International Circuit Klia Pahang Malaysia – View in Google Maps

Friday Practice Results

Pos. Rider Num Nation Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 Quartararo Fabio 20 FRA Petronas Yamaha SRT Yamaha 1'58.576
2 Morbidelli Franco 21 ITA Petronas Yamaha SRT Yamaha 0.534
3 Dovizioso Andrea 4 ITA Ducati Team Ducati 0.630
4 Vinales Maverick 12 SPA Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 0.642
5 Rossi Valentino 46 ITA Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 0.708
6 Marquez Marc 93 SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 0.941
7 Rins Alex 42 SPA Team Suzuki Ecstar Suzuki 0.970
8 Miller Jack 43 AUS Pramac Racing Ducati 1.017
9 Espargaro Aleix 41 SPA Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia 1.131
10 Crutchlow Cal 35 GBR LCR Honda Honda 1.135
11 Bagnaia Francesco 63 ITA Pramac Racing Ducati 1.198
12 Mir Joan 36 SPA Team Suzuki Ecstar Suzuki 1.408
13 Petrucci Danilo 9 ITA Ducati Team Ducati 1.481
14 Zarco Johann 5 FRA LCR Honda Honda 1.692
15 Abraham Karel 17 CZE Reale Avintia Racing Ducati 1.901
16 Espargaro Pol 44 SPA Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 2.082
17 Lorenzo Jorge 99 SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 2.129
18 Iannone Andrea 29 ITA Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia 2.596
19 Syahrin Hafizh 55 MAL Red Bull KTM Tech 3 KTM 3.003
20 Kallio Mika 82 FIN Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 3.383

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