Vinales wins Malaysian MotoGP

Maverick Vinales
Maverick Vinales

Yamaha rider Maverick Vinales staved off MotoGP world champion Marc Marquez’s spectacular charge to win the Malaysian Grand Prix for his second win of the 2019 season at the Sepang International Circuit on Sunday.

A week after crashing out in the final lap at Phillip Island to allow Marquez win the season’s penultimate race in Australia, Vinales built an early lead and raced clear of his fellow Spaniard, who finished second after starting 11th following a crash in Q2 qualifying.

[adinserter name="GOOGLE AD"]Ducati’s Andrea Dovizioso finished third, denying Yamaha’s Valentino Rossi a podium place.

Yamaha’s Fabio Quartararo finished a disappointing seventh, failing to reproduce the speed which earned him pole position on Saturday.

Vinales did exactly what he had planned yesterday. He had a good start, hung on in second place through the first corners and soon battled his way to the front. Once he hit the number-one spot, the Spaniard was off and gradually built a solid lead of 1.5s.

The number-12 rider's campaign was all about focus. Riding on his own in the hot and humid Sepang conditions, he had to remain fully concentrated as he set the pace and managed the gap to Marc Marquez in second place. Vinales didn't put a foot wrong all race and took a text-book victory, with a 3.059s advantage over second.

The Yamaha rider dedicated the win to the late Indonesian rider Afridza Munandar, who was his favorite in the Idemitsu Asia Talent Cup. Yamaha once again extend their sincere condolences to the family, friends, and loved ones of Munandar.

Marquez continued to break records in Sepang, his 395 points after finishing second becomes the highest points scored in a single MotoGP season.

After the unfortunate death of Idemitsu Asia Talent Cup rider Afridza Munandar on Saturday, the MotoGP Championship rallied together to remember him with fantastic racing at the Sepang International Circuit.

Marquez hunts down Vinales
Marquez hunts down Vinales

There was no stopping Marc Marquez who bounced back from his biggest crash of the year to put in a champion’s performance. Lightning off the line, the 55-time MotoGP race winner gained six positions in the first two corners alone and ended the first lap in second place.

With nine places gained, the reigning World Champion settled in behind Jack Miller for a short while. After muscling past the Australian, Marquez began to work on closing the 1.6 second gap to Vinales.

With the gap not reducing after several laps in the 1m59s, Marquez eased his pace to take a well-earned second place in the blazing Malaysian heat. Returning to Europe with 395 points, Marquez now holds the record for most points scored in a single season and passes Jorge Lorenzo’s record of 383 World Championship points from 2010.

The result in Malaysia also earns Marquez the honor of being the first rider in history to score 17 MotoGP class podium finishes in a single season, extending his unbroken run of top-two finishes to 15. Marquez’s last finish outside of the top two came at the Czech GP in 2018 when he was third.

Maverick Vinales, 1st

“It was an incredible race. We prepared for the race really well all weekend. I felt I had a big potential after the first lap. I took the lead after the first two splits and I kept pushing, pushing, and pushing. Honestly, I'm so happy. We did a good job. What a shame in Australia, because that was a race where I felt I had a lot of potential too, but being in first place here is amazing. I would like to dedicate this race to Munandar, the kid that passed away yesterday. He was my favorite in the Idemitsu Asia Talent Cup. I offer my condolences to all the family."

Malaysian Grand Prix Race Results

Pos. Rider Num Nat Pts Team Make Gap
1 VINALES Maverick 12 SPA 25 Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 0.000s
2 MARQUEZ Marc 93 SPA 20 Repsol Honda Team Honda 3.059
3 DOVIZIOSO Andrea 4 ITA 16 Ducati Team Ducati 5.611
4 ROSSI Valentino 46 ITA 13 Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 5.965
5 RINS Alex 42 SPA 11 Team Suzuki Ecstar Suzuki 6.350
6 MORBIDELLI Franco 21 ITA 10 Petronas Yamaha SRT Yamaha 9.993
7 QUARTARARO Fabio 20 FRA 9 Petronas Yamaha SRT Yamaha 12.864
8 MILLER Jack 43 AUS 8 Pramac Racing Ducati 17.252
9 PETRUCCI Danilo 9 ITA 7 Ducati Team Ducati 19.773
10 MIR Joan 36 SPA 6 Team Suzuki Ecstar Suzuki 22.854
11 ESPARGARO Pol 44 SPA 5 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 24.821
12 BAGNAIA Francesco 63 ITA 4 Pramac Racing Ducati 30.251
13 ESPARGARO Aleix 41 SPA 3 Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia 30.447
14 LORENZO Jorge 99 SPA 2 Repsol Honda Team Honda 34.215
15 KALLIO Mika 82 FIN 1 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 34.461
16 SYAHRIN Hafizh 55 MAL 0 Red Bull KTM Tech 3 KTM 44.319
17 ABRAHAM Karel 17 CZE 0 Reale Avintia Racing Ducati 47.343
18 ZARCO Johann 5 FRA 0 LCR Honda Honda DNF
19 CRUTCHLOW Cal 35 GBR 0 LCR Honda Honda DNF
20 IANNONE Andrea 29 ITA 0 Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia DNF

Rider Standings

Pos. Rider Num Nat Pts Team Make
1 MARQUEZ Marc 93 SPA 395 Repsol Honda Team Honda
2 DOVIZIOSO Andrea 4 ITA 256 Ducati Team Ducati
3 VINALES Maverick 12 SPA 201 Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha
4 RINS Alex 42 SPA 194 Team Suzuki Ecstar Suzuki
5 PETRUCCI Danilo 9 ITA 176 Ducati Team Ducati
6 QUARTARARO Fabio 20 FRA 172 Petronas Yamaha SRT Yamaha
7 ROSSI Valentino 46 ITA 166 Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha
8 MILLER Jack 43 AUS 149 Pramac Racing Ducati
9 CRUTCHLOW Cal 35 GBR 133 LCR Honda Honda
10 MORBIDELLI Franco 21 ITA 115 Petronas Yamaha SRT Yamaha
11 ESPARGARO Pol 44 SPA 94 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM
12 MIR Joan 36 SPA 83 Team Suzuki Ecstar Suzuki
13 NAKAGAMI Takaaki 30 JPN 74 LCR Honda Honda
14 ESPARGARO Aleix 41 SPA 56 Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia
15 BAGNAIA Francesco 63 ITA 54 Pramac Racing Ducati
16 IANNONE Andrea 29 ITA 43 Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia
17 OLIVEIRA Miguel 88 POR 33 Red Bull KTM Tech 3 KTM
18 ZARCO Johann 5 FRA 30 LCR Honda Honda
19 LORENZO Jorge 99 SPA 25 Repsol Honda Team Honda
20 RABAT Tito 53 SPA 18 Reale Avintia Racing Ducati
21 BRADL Stefan 6 GER 16 Repsol Honda Team Honda
22 PIRRO Michele 51 ITA 9 Ducati Team Ducati
23 SYAHRIN Hafizh 55 MAL 8 Red Bull KTM Tech 3 KTM
24 GUINTOLI Sylvain 50 FRA 7 Team Suzuki Ecstar Suzuki
25 ABRAHAM Karel 17 CZE 7 Reale Avintia Racing Ducati
26 KALLIO Mika 82 FIN 3 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM

Team Standings

Pos. Team Points
1 Ducati Team 432
2 Repsol Honda Team 430
3 Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP 367
4 Petronas Yamaha SRT 287
5 Team Suzuki Ecstar 281
6 LCR Honda 210
7 Pramac Racing 203
8 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing 124
9 Aprilia Racing Team Gresini 99
10 Red Bull KTM Tech 3 41
11 Reale Avintia Racing 25
12 HRC Test Team 6
13 Suzuki Test Team 3

Constructor Standings

Pos. Team Points
1 Honda 401
2 Ducati 302
3 Yamaha 301
4 Suzuki 223
5 KTM 105
6 Aprilia 81

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