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Japanese rider Kaito Toba has won the inaugural Shell Advance Asia Talent Cup after finishing third in the final race of the season at Sepang, whilst his main rival Yuta Date crashed on the first lap.
Despite riding through the gravel after running off track at one point Marc Marquez led the way in morning Warm Up at Sepang, ahead of Jorge Lorenzo and teammate Dani Pedrosa.
The Q2 session at the Shell Advance Malaysian Motorcycle Grand Prix saw LCR Honda MotoGP’s Stefan Bradl qualify in a strong position at the head of row two.
Monster Yamaha Tech3’s Pol Espargaro suffered a heavy fall in the closing minutes of FP3 at the Shell Advance Malaysian Motorcycle Grand Prix, which resulted in him fracturing the head of the second metatarsal in his left foot.
Movistar Yamaha MotoGP’s Jorge Lorenzo continued his competitive form at the hot Sepang International Circuit by taking third on the grid. His teammate, Valentino Rossi, had a more challenging qualifying session and will start Sunday’s Shell Advance Malaysian Motorcycle Grand Prix race from sixth position.
On Saturday evening Andrea Iannone will fly back to Italy to try and be ready for the final race of the season at Valencia, having been ruled unfit to continue to ride at the Shell Advance Malaysian Motorcycle Grand Prix.
Marc Marquez set a new pole record time of 1’58.791 on Saturday in Q2 at Sepang - his 13th pole of the year – but he believes his Repsol Honda colleague Dani Pedrosa will be a threat from second on the grid on Sunday.
Malaysia’s Shafiq Rasol won the first of the two Shell Advance Asia Talent Cup races scheduled for this weekend at Sepang. Kaito Toba now leads the standings by two points from Yuta Date ahead of Sunday’s final race of the series.
MotoGP™ pole position at the Shell Advance Malaysian Motorcycle Grand Prix went to Marc Marquez, who notched a new premier class record 13th pole of the year. Dani Pedrosa and Jorge Lorenzo join him on the front row after the Q2 battle.
MotoGP™ FP3 was topped by Dani Pedrosa at the Shell Advance Malaysian Motorcycle Grand Prix, followed by Jorge Lorenzo and Marc Marquez in the top three. The session was red flagged shortly before the end due to a crash for Pol Espargaro (Monster Yamaha Tech3).
Andrea Iannone arrived this weekend at Sepang already carrying heavy knocks from a crash at Phillip Island and he had another spill on Friday in Malaysia after contact with Marc Marquez in free practice.
Repsol Honda’s Dani Pedrosa topped Friday practice at the Shell Advance Malaysian Motorcycle Grand Prix.
Friday at the Shell Advance Malaysian Motorcycle Grand Prix saw riders go out in both the wet and dry, with Movistar Yamaha MotoGP’s Jorge Lorenzo in the top three in both conditions.
NGM Forward Racing’s Aleix Espargaro started the weekend strongly, finishing second overall on the opening day of the Shell Advance Malaysian Motorcycle Grand Prix.
Kaito Toba set the fastest time in qualifying for the Shell Advance Asia Talent Cup at the Sepang International Circuit on Friday. Toba’s fellow title rivals Ayumu Sasaki and Yuta Date were second and fourth respectively.
Dani Pedrosa’s best time in MotoGP™ FP1 at the Shell Advance Malaysian Motorcycle Grand Prix made him Friday’s fastest rider, with Aleix Espargaro and Jorge Lorenzo also in the top three - after the FP2 run was delayed and affected by rain at Sepang.
Dani Pedrosa was the fastest rider in MotoGP™ FP1 at the Shell Advance Malaysian Motorcycle Grand Prix, followed by Aleix Espargaro and Jorge Lorenzo in the top three.
The provisional entry list for the premier class for 2015 has been released today and the MotoGP™ grid will have a distinctly different look about it next year.
At Thursday’s press conference on the eve of the Shell Advance Malaysian Motorcycle Grand Prix the 2014 MotoGP™ World Champion Marc Marquez was joined by Valentino Rossi, Bradley Smith, Cal Crutchlow, Tito Rabat and Alex Marquez to address the media.
Ahead of this weekend’s action at Sepang, where Tito Rabat and Alex Marquez have chances to win the World Championship in Moto2™ and Moto3™ respectively, Marc Marquez and Valentino Rossi have given their views on how the title candidates can handle the pressure.