Results and summary of a tense Moto3 race at Sepang:
Miguel Oliveira has kept his title hopes alive by taking his fifth win of the season at Sepang, after controlling the race at the front of a small group. Oliveira's win was exactly what he needed to keep Kent from taking the title, the Englishman ending the race in 7th, two places short of the spot he needed to clinch the title.
The atmosphere hangs heavy over the Sepang International Circuit, both literally and figuratively. The thick gray haze casts a pall over the circuit, dulling the light, restricting vision, cloying at the throats of everyone at the track, and in the region. There is another oppressive weight over the proceedings, this time of expectation. There is the pressure of a MotoGP title battle going down to the wire, and a Moto3 championship that should have been wrapped up two races ago, before a new rival emerged on the scene.
Press releases from the MotoGP teams, Bridgestone and Tissot after qualifying at Sepang:
Pedrosa smashes lap record with Marquez completing 1-2 for Repsol Honda Team
Dani Pedrosa has taken an incredible pole position for tomorrow’s Malaysian GP – his first since Catalunya 2014 – and with it broken the current lap record by over seven tenths of a second. His teammate, Marc Marquez, secured second place on the grid, celebrating the team’s third 1-2 start of 2015 (also in Sachsenring, Indianapolis).
Press releases from the Moto2 and Moto3 teams after qualifying practice at Sepang:
Seventh front row for Miguel Oliveira
Red Bull KTM Ajo rider takes third position in qualifying for Malaysian Grand Prix. Karel Hanika and Brad Binder to start from fifth and sixth row, respectively.
10/24/2015 - Sepang International Circuit, Malaysia
Results and summary of Moto2 qualifying:
Tom Luthi has taken his first pole position since Qatar this year, the Swiss rider cementing a strong weekend with pole. Luthi was fast straight out of the box, and this ended up helping him, as spots of rain in the second half of the session meant that times were difficult to improve upon.
Results and summary of qualifying for MotoGP:
Dani Pedrosa has taken a blistering pole at Sepang, destroying the existing record held by Jorge Lorenzo by half a second. The Repsol Honda rider went out a little later than the rest, having chosen to go for a one-stop strategy and not a two-stop, like most of the rest, and on his very first flying lap smashed the pole record. It is his first pole since Barcelona in 2014.