Sepang, Malaysia

2013 Moto2 Championship Standings After Round 15, Sepang, Malaysia

Championship standings for round 15, 2013

2013 Moto3 Championship Standings After Round 15, Sepang, Malaysia

Championship standings for round 15, 2013

2013 Sepang MotoGP WUP Result: Lorenzo Leads Tight Trio

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2013 Sepang Moto3 WUP Result: Folger Quickest and Consistent

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2013 Sepang MotoGP Saturday Round Up: A Drop Of Rain Spices Up Qualifying

If Saturday at Sepang taught us anything, it is that if the new qualifying system for MotoGP is exciting, the new qualifying system with a little rain mixed in is utterly breathtaking. A brief shower at the end of Q1 left the area through turns 6 and 7 very wet, while the rest of the track was still mostly dry. Add in the searing tropical heat which dries the surface quickly, and the color of the Sepang tarmac which tends to disguise wet patches, and qualifying becomes even more tricky. And then there's the fact that Sepang is a long track, the two minute lap time leaving the riders precious little time to turn laps while waiting for the surface to dry out.

Strategies went out the window, and already stressed mechanics were forced to work themselves into even more of a sweat as they rushed to set up two bikes, one dry and one wet, just in case the rain returned. Some riders went out early and despite being warned, found themselves thrown out of their seats and given a proper scare. With qualifying being just fifteen minutes, the most likely scenario was that the last rider to cross the line would be the fastest, unless it started raining again.

It didn't start raining again, and Marc Marquez was the last of the fast men to cross the line, smashing the pole record by three tenths of a second. The Spaniard's lap was scintillating to watch, pushing his Honda RC213V to its limits while still staying holding some margin of safety through the damp sections around the back of the track, and treating the kerbs with caution. It was Marquez' 8th pole of the year, extending his record of poles in what is a truly remarkable rookie season.

2013 Sepang MotoGP Saturday Post-Qualifying Press Releases

Press releases from the MotoGP teams and Bridgestone after qualifying at Sepang:

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15
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2013

2013 Sepang Moto2 And Moto3 Saturday Post-Qualifying Press Releases

Press releases from the Moto2 and Moto3 teams after qualifying at Sepang:

Round Number: 
15
Year: 
2013

Stefan Bradl Breaks Ankle, Misses Sepang, Back For Motegi

Stefan Bradl has been forced to miss the Sepang round of MotoGP, after fracturing his ankle in a crash during FP4. The LCR Honda rider fell at Turn 1, sliding unhurt towards the gravel, but clipped his foot on the carpet on the outside of the kerb which had been picked up by the handlebar of his Honda RC213V. The impact was enough to fracture the right medial malleolus (the spur on the inside of the tibia visible as part of the ankle), ruling him out of action for Sunday's race.

The original plan was for Bradl to be flown back to Barcelona for surgery, but instead, the German elected to have surgery in Kuala Lumpur under the supervision of Dr Busilacchi of the Clinica Mobile. The surgery was deemed a success, with two screws inserted to fix the fractured bone together. Bradl intends to be fit for the penultimate round of MotoGP at Motegi in two weeks' time. He will travel with the team to Phillip Island, where the medical team will assess his fitness, but Bradl is far from certain to be competing there.

2013 Sepang Moto2 QP Result: Pole Taken After Three-Way Tussle

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2013 Sepang MotoGP FP4 Result: Marquez Heads Final Free Practice

The final free practice session for the MotoGP riders at Sepang has been topped by rookie Repsol Honda rider Marc Marquez. The young Spaniard took advantage of the final chance to fine-tune setup for Sunday's race and reinforced that he was still very much a contender for the race win. He was followed a tenth further back by a noticably more comfortable and happy Jorge Lorenzo, while it was a familiar looking top five riders with Cal Crutchlow, Dani Pedrosa and Valentino Rossi rounding things out. 

Alvaro Bautista continued his strong weekend and put his satellite Honda in sixth position ahead of Bradley Smith and Stefan Bradl. Bradl suffered a very nasty crash with five minutes remaining in the session and looked to catch his right leg awkwardly in the artificial turf as he slid along the ground after losing the front at turn one. He was helped away by the track medical staff. The inseparable Ducati pair of Nicky Hayden and Andrea Dovizioso completed the top ten. 

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