Malaysian Motorcycle Grand Prix - Sepang - Preview
Date : 08/10/2013        

Repsol Honda head to Asia for final fly away races to try and seal Championship

Repsol Honda head to Asia for final fly away races to try and seal Championship

This week the Repsol Honda Team will head east to Asia for the first of three fly away races in Sepang, Malaysia.

The 2,300 acre Sepang International Circuit in Malaysia is one of the world’s best motorsport facilities, holding its first Grand Prix in April 1999 and setting the standard for race circuits Worldwide. With four slow corners following two long straights and ten medium to high-speed corners, the wide track is particularly favourable to overtaking manoeuvres and plenty of open throttle. One of the longest laps in MotoGP is made all the more gruelling for riders by intense heat and humidity. Sepang is located around 50km south of Kuala Lumpur city.

Championship leader Marc Marquez will be looking to increase his lead of 39 points over second place Lorenzo and teammate Dani Pedrosa, in 3rd,, will hope to regain some points after cr ashing out in Aragón and scoring a DNF, caused from contact with Marc. Dani has enjoyed great success at the Malaysian circuit achieving eight podiums including three victories - 2012 MotoGP, 2004 250cc, 2003 125cc. Marc has also won here in 2010 in 125cc, but has also scored two DNF's (2012 and 2009).

Race direction have confirmed there will be a hearing on Thursday to look into the incident from Aragón, where Dani's wheel sensor cable was broken after contact with Marc, during the race.

Marc Marquez  Marc Marquez - Championship Standing: 1st - 278 point
"Now we head to Malaysia for the first of the fly away races and I'm ready to get there! Sepang is a circuit I like, it's the first track we were really able to test the Honda bike at so it will be nice to go back there and regain the feeling, and to see what we have learned over the season! I know there is a hearing set for Thursday with race direction to discuss the incident with Dani in Aragón, there is not much we can do, we need to wait and see what they say"
Dani Pedrosa  Dani Pedrosa - Championship Standing: 3rd - 219 points
"I felt good in the last race riding at the front, and I look forward to finding the same feelings on the bike again in Sepang. The track has a little of everything, fast and slow corners, hard braking and long straights and the weather conditions make it hard work. Physically it's been a hard week, I couldn't walk for three days due to the pain in my hip, but it's getting better every day so I'm hoping to be in perfect condition for the weekend"

Rider Statistics - Marc Marquez

Age 20
Racing number 93
Race machine Honda RC213V
Date of birth February 17, 1993
Birthplace Lleida, (Catalonia) - Spain
Height 168cm
Weight 59kg
Hobbies Mountain Biking, Video games
Grand Prix debut 2008, 125cc Portugal GP, Estoril
First GP win 2010, 125cc Italian GP, Mugello
GP wins 32: 10 x 125cc, 16 x Moto2, 6 x MotoGP
GP podiums 52: 14 x 125cc, 25 x Moto2, 13 x MotoGP
GP pole positions 35: 14 x 125cc, 14 x Moto2, 7 x MotoGP
World Championships 2: 1 x 125cc (2010), 1 x Moto2 (2012)
Previous results in Malaysia 2012 DNF (Moto2), 2011 DNS (Moto2), 2010 1st (125cc), 2009 DNF (125cc)

Rider Statistics - Dani Pedrosa

Age 28
Racing number 26
Race machine Honda RC213V
Date of birth September 29, 1985
Birthplace Sabadell - Spain
Height 160cm
Weight 51kg
Hobbies Cycling, Music
Grand Prix debut 2001, 125cc Japanese Grand Prix, Suzuka
First GP win 2002, 125cc Dutch Grand Prix, Assen
GP wins 48: 8 x 125cc, 15 x 250cc, 24 x MotoGP
GP podiums 121: 17 x 125cc, 24 x 250cc, 80 x MotoGP
GP pole positions 44: 9 x 125cc, 9 x 250cc, 26 x MotoGP
World Championships 3: 1 x 125cc (2003); 2 x 250cc (2004, 2005)
Previous results at Qatar 2012 1st (MotoGP), 2011 DNS (MotoGP), 2010 DNS (MotoGP), 2009 2nd (MotoGP), 2008 2nd (MotoGP), 2007 3rd (MotoGP), 2006 3rd (MotoGP), 2005 DNF (250cc), 2004 1st (250cc), 2003 1st (125cc), 2002 3rd (125cc), 2001 4th (125cc)

Championship standings

1 Marc Marquez 278 pts SPA HONDA Repsol Honda Team
2 Jorge Lorenzo 239 pts SPA YAMAHA Yamaha Factory Racing
3 Dani Pedrosa 219 pts SPA HONDA Repsol Honda Team
4 Valentino Rossi 185 pts ITA YAMAHA Yamaha Factory Racing
5 Cal Crutchlow 156 pts GBR YAMAHA Monster Yamaha Tech 3
6 Stefan Bradl 135 pts GER HONDA LCR Honda MotoGP
7 Alvaro Bautista 125 pts SPA HONDA Go & Fun Honda Gresini
8 Andrea Dovizioso 112 pts ITA DUCATI Ducati Team
9 Nicky Hayden 102 pts USA DUCATI Ducati Team
10 Bradley Smith 80 pts GBR YAMAHA Monster Yamaha Tech 3
11 Aleix Espargaro 76 pts SPA ART Power Electronics Aspar
12 Michele Pirro 50 pts ITA DUCATI Ignite Pramac Racing Team
13 Andrea Iannone 47 pts ITA DUCATI Energy T.I. Pramac Racing Team
14 Colin Edwards 31 pts USA FTR-KAWASAKI NGM Mobile Forward Racing
15 Hector Barbera 27 pts SPA FTR Avintia Blusens
16 Randy De Puniet 23 pts FRA ART Power Electronics Aspar
17 Danilo Petrucci 23 pts ITA IODA-SUTER Came IodaRacing Project
18 Yonny Hernandez 11 pts COL PBM Paul Bird Motorsport
19 Ben Spies 9 pts USA DUCATI Ignite Pramac Racing Team
20 Hiroshi Aoyama 8 pts JPN FTR Avintia Blusens
21 Claudio Corti 8 pts ITA FTR-KAWASAKI NGM Mobile Forward Racing
22 Karel Abraham 5 pts CZE ART Cardion AB Motoracing
23 Alex De Angelis 5 pts RSM DUCATI Ignite Pramac Racing Team
24 Michael Laverty 3 pts GBR PBM Paul Bird Motorsport
25 Bryan Staring 2 pts AUS FTR-HONDA Go & Fun Honda Gresini
26 Javier Del Amor 1 pt SPA FTR Avintia Blusens
27 Martin Bauer 0 pts AUT S&B SUTER Remus Racing Team
28 Lukas Pesek 0 pts CZE IODA-SUTER Came IodaRacing Project
29 Luca Scassa 0 pts ITA ART Cardion AB Motoracing
30 Ivan Silva 0 pts SPA FTR Avintia Blusens
31 Blake Young 0 pts USA APR CRT Attack Performance

Circuit information

First race 1999
GPs held 13
Laps 20
Race distance 116.508km / 72.387 miles
Track length 5.548km / 3.447 miles
Track width 25m
Longest straight 0.920km / 0.572 miles
Corners 15 (10 right, 5 left)
Pole position Left

Sepang International Circuit

Circuit records

Pole position 2m 00.334s (165.978km/h) Jorge Lorenzo (Yamaha, 2012)
Race lap 2m 02.108s (163.566km/h) Casey Stoner (Ducati, 2007)
Race time 41m 03.448s (162.153km/h) Valentino Rossi (Yamaha, 2010)
2012 Winner Dani Pedrosa (Honda)
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