Safe points for Repsol Honda Team in Sepang Moto GP 2022

Qualifying, Round 19, Malaysia Motorcycle Grand PrixMalaysia, October 26, 2022: An energetic start to the Malaysian GP saw both Marc Marquez and Pol Espargaro score safe points on a risky Sunday.

The predicted thunderstorms failed to arrive at the Sepang International Circuit and the 20-lap MotoGP race began as clouds filled the sky and the air was heavily humid. From the front row, Marc Marquez made an impressive first launch before losing positions in the tight and treacherous Turn 1.

The #93 was with the leading group for the first few laps, protecting his position in the top five. On lap seven, he got caught up in a brawl with both Suzuki riders and Bezzecchi, the eight-time world champion who stopped the trio as Miller approached. Their battle for fifth place would continue until the end of the race, with Marquez crossing the line in seventh, his fourth consecutive top ten finish since returning from injury.

Further back, Pol Espargaro made an equally strong start to the race and immediately made up for lost ground with his FP1 penalty. Like his teammate, Espargaro fought hard in the early laps to protect his early win and went on to fight for the remaining points in his rhythm. The #44 takes the flag in 14th place, exiting the flyaways with two points left and preparing for his swan song on the Honda RC213V in Valencia.

Race day was dedicated to the memorial ceremony for Red Bull co-founder Dietrich Mateschitz, who has sadly passed away.

Now there is only one race left before the demanding 2022 MotoGP World Championship season comes to an end. A final push for the Repsol Honda Team before preparations for the 2023 season take over the team and a chance to enjoy a final race with Pol Espargaro in the Repsol Honda Team livery.

Marc Marquez (7th)

“As I said yesterday, what we did in qualifying was above and beyond and this is more or less what I expected from our race. We gave 100% our whole race to get the best possible result, we started very well but I saw that I didn’t have the speed to stay with the leaders. I tried to find my place and avoid unnecessary risks and get good information from the race. I’ve done everything Honda asked me to, so I’m optimistic they will use this information to improve in the future. Now we can start preparing for Valencia after a difficult weekend, because we could see the level of our bike here. I think we can get closer in Valencia.”

Pol Espargaro (14th)

“It was a tough day today, especially with the temperature. It was not as hot as in previous years, but the humidity was still very high. We started at P20 and had to be aggressive in the early laps to make up some ground. In the end we were able to take two points here, which means we have six places. Now the focus is shifting to Valencia where I was strong in the past and I think it will suit our bike better.”

Malaysian Grand Prix – Race Results

Item.

rider

Num

Nation

Points

Team

Constructor

Time gap

1

BAGNAIA FRANCESCO

62

ITA

25

Ducati Lenovo Team

Ducati

40’14,332

2

BASTIANINI ENEA

23

ITA

20

Team Gresini Racing MotoGP

Ducati

0.27

3

QUARTARARO FABIO

20

FROM

16

Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP

Yamaha

2.773

4

BEZZECCHI MARCO

73

ITA

13

Mooney VR46 Racing Team

Ducati

5.446

5

RINS ALEX

42

SPA

11

Team Suzuki Ecstar

Suzuki

11,923

6

MILLER JACK

43

FROM

10

Ducati Lenovo Team

Ducati

13.472

7

MARQUEZ MARC

93

SPA

9

Repsol Honda Team

Honda

14.304

8

BINDER BRAD

33

RSA

8

Red Bull KTM Factory Racing

KTM

16,805

9

ZARCO JOHANN

5

FROM

7

Pramac Racing

Ducati

18,358

10

ESPARGARO ALEIX

41

SPA

6

Aprilia Racing

Aprilia

21.591

11

MORBIDELLI FRANCO

21

ITA

5

Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP

Yamaha

23.235

12

CRUTCHLOW CAL

35

GBR

4

With You Yamaha RNF MotoGP Team

Yamaha

24.641

13

OLIVEIRA MIGUEL

88

BY MEANS OF

3

Red Bull KTM Factory Racing

KTM

24,918

14

ESPARGARO POL

44

SPA

2

Repsol Honda Team

Honda

25.586

15

FERNANDEZ RAUL

25

SPA

1

Tech 3 KTM Factory Racing

KTM

27,039

16

VINALES MAVERICK

12

SPA

0

Aprilia Racing

Aprilia

30,427

17

MARQUEZ ALEX

73

SPA

0

LCR Honda

Honda

33.322

18

GARDNER REMY

87

FROM

0

Tech 3 KTM Factory Racing

KTM

33,691

19

MIR JOAN

36

SPA

0

Team Suzuki Ecstar

Suzuki

41,838

20

BINDER DARRYNE

40

RSA

0

With You Yamaha RNF MotoGP Team

Yamaha

DNF

21

BY GIANNANTONIO FABIO

49

ITA

0

Team Gresini Racing MotoGP

Ducati

DNF

22

MARTIN GEORGE

89

SPA

0

Pramac Racing

Ducati

DNF

23

NAGASHIMA TETSUTA

45

JPN

0

LCR Honda

Honda

DNF

24

MARINI LUCA

10

ITA

0

Mooney VR46 Racing Team

Ducati

DNF

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