Sepang MotoGP Race Schedule Moved 2 Hours Earlier Due To Expected Weather

The schedule for race day at the 2018 Malaysian Grand Prix has been modified, due to expected heavy rain. The entire day has been moved 2 hours earlier, in an attempt to avoid a downpour expected to arrive at around 3pm local time on Sunday afternoon.

The change had been requested by the riders in the Safety Commission on Friday evening. Heavy rain on Saturday helped make their point: a torrential downpour starting in FP4 caused qualifying to be delayed. The rain in FP4 caught several riders out quite badly, with Jordi Torres falling and injuring his wrist, Maverick Viñales crashing and destroying his Yamaha M1.

As the paddock waited for the start of a delayed Q1 session to start, IRTA, who are in charge of the running of each MotoGP round, issued a new schedule, moving the entire program back 2 hours earlier, meaning the MotoGP race will now start on Sunday at 1pm local time, instead of 3pm.

The new schedule is as follows (click the link to convert to your local time):

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2018 Sepang Moto2 FP3 Result: Marquez, Again at the End

Alex Marquez made it three-for three so far at in Maylasia at the Sepang circuit Saturday with another last-moment charge to the top of the timesheet. Marquez, as has become his custom this weekend, hung aroung the top five for most of the session and then struck quickly with as the final seconds ticked away. His 2'07.768 was a second off his FP2 time but left him as only one of three riders to drop into the 2'07s in the third practice.

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2018 Sepang Moto2 FP2 Result: Marquez Part Two

In a reply of FP1 -- minus a couple of seconds -- Alex Marquez saved his best lap for the end of practice and grabbed the top of the timesheet at the Sepang circuit. Marquez final time of 2'06.928 on the final Friday practice left his as one of only two riders to dip into the 2'06s this year so far. The second was Fabio Quartararo three-hundredths of a second behind the leader. 

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2018 Sepang Moto2 FP1 Result: Marquez Out of Time and On Top

Alex Marquez blitzed his final lap after time expired in FP1 at the Sepang Circuit to take Friday morning's fastest time by two-tenths of a second. Still, Marquez's 2'08.351 was nearly two seconds off last year's FP1 as the track dried during the session and a clean racing line began to emerge. 

Mattia Pasini, who is said to lack a guaranteed ride for next year, finished second after leading for much of the practice. He was closely paced by championship leader Francesco Bagnaia (3rd).  Luca Marini took fourth-fastest just in front of Iker Lecuona (5th).

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