2013 Sepang MotoGP QP Result: Brief Rain Fails To Dampen Cracking Session

Full report and results below:

Marc Marquez has been able to get to grips with initially tricky conditions and take pole position for the Malaysian MotoGP race at Sepang. His lap time was a new circuit pole record and he lead Valentino Rossi in second place by three tenths of a second. Cal Crutchlow made it two Yamahas on the front row, ending up a miniscule two hundredths of a second behind Rossi.

A short rain shower emerged over parts of the circuit at the end of Q1, however it didn't effect the riders too much at the start of Q2 as they all went out fairly gingerly on slicks. Jorge Lorenzo had a big moment on his first flying lap, nearly losing the front at turn six and he appeared to struggle for confidence from there, settling for fourth position on the grid. He was joined on the second row by fellow Spaniards Dani Pedrosa and Alvaro Bautista. 

Bradley Smith, Andrea Dovizioso and the ever-impressive Aleix Espargaro make up the third row, while Andrea Iannone heads up row four ahead of his Ducati counterpart Nicky Hayden and Stefan Bradl. Bradl was unable to partake in the session after fracturing his right ankle following an awkward crash in the fourth free practice session. He is likely to miss the remainder of the following flyaway rounds as a result. 

Results:

Q2

Pos. Num. Rider Bike Time Diff Diff Prev
1 93 Marc MARQUEZ Honda 2'00.011    
2 46 Valentino ROSSI Yamaha 2'00.336 0.325 0.325
3 35 Cal CRUTCHLOW Yamaha 2'00.359 0.348 0.023
4 99 Jorge LORENZO Yamaha 2'00.578 0.567 0.219
5 26 Dani PEDROSA Honda 2'00.692 0.681 0.114
6 19 Alvaro BAUTISTA Honda 2'00.974 0.963 0.282
7 38 Bradley SMITH Yamaha 2'01.306 1.295 0.332
8 4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO Ducati 2'01.635 1.624 0.329
9 41 Aleix ESPARGARO ART 2'02.151 2.140 0.516
10 29 Andrea IANNONE Ducati 2'02.536 2.525 0.385
11 69 Nicky HAYDEN Ducati 2'02.900 2.889 0.364
NC 6 Stefan BRADL Honda      

 

Q1

Pos. Num. Rider Bike Time Diff Diff Prev
Q2 29 Andrea IANNONE Ducati 2'02.326    
Q2 41 Aleix ESPARGARO ART 2'02.632 0.306 0.306
13 5 Colin EDWARDS FTR Kawasaki 2'02.858 0.532 0.226
14 71 Claudio CORTI FTR Kawasaki 2'03.175 0.849 0.317
15 8 Hector BARBERA FTR 2'03.212 0.886 0.037
16 7 Hiroshi AOYAMA FTR 2'03.418 1.092 0.206
17 68 Yonny HERNANDEZ Ducati 2'03.651 1.325 0.233
18 14 Randy DE PUNIET ART 2'03.805 1.479 0.154
19 70 Michael LAVERTY ART 2'04.198 1.872 0.393
20 9 Danilo PETRUCCI Ioda-Suter 2'04.310 1.984 0.112
21 23 Luca SCASSA ART 2'05.199 2.873 0.889
22 67 Bryan STARING FTR Honda 2'06.038 3.712 0.839
23 52 Lukas PESEK Ioda-Suter 2'06.203 3.877 0.165
24 50 Damian CUDLIN PBM 2'06.273 3.947 0.070

 

Round Number: 
15
2013
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Comments

Guys who actually enjoy racing motorcycles capture front row in qualifying!

Sulking NPD pair dominate row 2!

Alleged bloodthirsty fans fail to celebrate Bradl injury!

Some reality emerges from the nonsensical chaos! Woohoo! There's hope for this weekend yet!

Thanks Jacob, I am enjoying your write ups. Thanks for the plain header, I appreciate that it isn't a spoiler. Some of your previous ones are easy to make out and I don't want to know what happened (esp race results).
Keep up the great work for us buddy!
:)
P.S. CB750 the show I crave with guilty pleasure would have been seeing Marquez come drom the rear of the pack from a penalty he clearly would have not deserved from scuffing off a sensor.
P.P.S. If you are riding a 70's Honda at speed YOU might be a little crash spectacle worthy soon my friend! ;) Great motor but won't stop or change lines in a turn, and wobbles with a couple extra hinges in it doesn't it?
Here's to a great race!

Vintage racebike, vintage rider, vintage knees and lower back. We're one great wobbly match made in heaven.

Thanks very much for the feedback motoshrink, I have been making a conscious effort not to be too obvious with my headings for QP and races, though it's hard not to get swept up in the excitement at times.

It's nice to know people are reading this fantastic blog and constructive criticism is always appreciated. I'm also really excited at the prospect of some thrilling racing, across all classes. Fingers crossed.

Shed me a light, why is ART faster than the two Ducks when even there are two long straight lines in sepang??? Rain? dump? the bike? the rider? Gigi? @#$%??

Seems Valentino has found something this weekend. I hope it sticks around for tomorrow too. Surprised to see Jorge on row 2. But not as surprised as I am to see Pedrosa there, I woke up this morning thinking this was his pole to lose. And he lost it. He seems reasonably happy in the post qualifying interview. So I guess who knows.

Looking forwards to tomorrow morning though.