Repsol Honda Team head to Malaysia for the last stint of the tripleheader

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  Malaysia Motorcycle Grand Prix

MotoGP 2018   Round 18

After a brief stop in Indonesia to meet his numerous local fans at a Pull&Bear store in Jakarta, Marc Marquez headed to Malaysia to join his team at the Sepang International Circuit, which will play host to the third and final back-to-back flyaway race this Sunday.

Having been innocently involved in a racing contact at the Australian Grand Prix and forced to withdraw, Marc will be back on track to try and seal the Constructors title that is within Honda’s reach, thanks to a 39-point advantage in the standings.

With the Team Title also to defend, Dani Pedrosa is looking forward to racing at a track where he has been very successful in the past.

As was the case for the Thai GP a few weeks ago, Marc and Dani will have to deal with the region’s typical extreme tropical weather conditions, with very hot temperatures and physically demanding sessions.


At the Malaysia Motorcycle Grand Prix

Marc Marquez has 2 wins — 1×125 (2010), 1xMotoGP (2014) — plus 1 podium and 4 pole positions.

Dani Pedrosa has 5 wins — 1×125 (2003), 1×250 (2004), 3xMotoGP (2012, 2013, 2015) — plus an additional 5 podiums and 4 pole positions.

Marc Marquez

“We had quite an eventful race in Australia and it was a pity we couldn’t fight until the end, but that’s gone now and we look forward to the next round in Malaysia with our usual spirit and positive mentality. We still have our target of two more titles to achieve, and we also want to try and win again if we have the chance to do so. Malaysia is a demanding round from a physical point of view but that’s something we’re prepared to deal with, so we’ll keep our concentration high and try to start strong beginning on Friday morning.”

Dani Pedrosa

“The Malaysian Grand Prix is a demanding venue due to both the extreme weather conditions and the track itself, which isn’t an easy one, being wide and requiring precise lines and a good setup. That said, I like it very much, so I hope we can do good work and find a setting that allows me to feel good on the bike and to try to have a good weekend.”

Rider Standings

Pos. Rider Num Nation Points Team
1 Marquez Marc 93 SPA 296 Repsol Honda Team
2 Dovizioso Andrea 4 ITA 210 Ducati Team
3 Rossi Valentino 46 ITA 195 Movistar Yamaha MotoGP
4 Vinales Maverick 25 SPA 180 Movistar Yamaha MotoGP
5 Crutchlow Cal 35 GBR 148 LCR Honda
6 Petrucci Danilo 9 ITA 137 Alma Pramac Racing
7 Zarco Johann 5 FRA 133 Monster Yamaha Tech 3
8 Iannone Andrea 29 ITA 133 Team Suzuki Ecstar
9 Lorenzo Jorge 99 SPA 130 Ducati Team
10 Rins Alex 42 SPA 129 Team Suzuki Ecstar
11 Bautista Alvaro 19 SPA 96 Ducati Team
12 Pedrosa Dani 26 SPA 95 Repsol Honda Team
13 Miller Jack 43 AUS 83 Alma Pramac Racing
14 Morbidelli Franco 21 ITA 46 EG 0,0 Marc VDS
15 Espargaro Aleix 41 SPA 39 Aprilia Racing Team Gresini
16 Rabat Tito 53 SPA 35 Reale Avintia Racing
17 Espargaro Pol 44 SPA 35 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing
18 Syahrin Hafizh 55 MAL 34 Monster Yamaha Tech 3
19 Smith Bradley 38 GBR 29 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing
20 Nakagami Takaaki 30 JPN 21 LCR Honda
21 Redding Scott 45 GBR 15 Aprilia Racing Team Gresini
22 Abraham Karel 17 CZE 10 Angel Nieto Team
23 Kallio Mika 36 FIN 6 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing
24 Nakasuga Katsuyuki 15 JPN 2 Yamalube Yamaha Factory Racing
25 Simeon Xavier 10 BEL 1 Reale Avintia Racing
26 Pirro Michele 51 ITA 1 Ducati Team

Team Standings

Pos. Team Points
1 Repsol Honda Team 391
2 Movistar Yamaha MotoGP 375
3 Ducati Team 353
4 Team Suzuki Ecstar 262
5 Alma Pramac Racing 220
6 LCR Honda 169
7 Monster Yamaha Tech 3 167
8 Angel Nieto Team 93
9 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing 64
10 Aprilia Racing Team Gresini 54
11 EG 0,0 Marc VDS 46
12 Reale Avintia Racing 36

Constructor Standings

Pos. Team Points
1 Honda 339
2 Ducati 300
3 Yamaha 256
4 Suzuki 193
5 KTM 55
6 Aprilia 49


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