Full Recap and Results Below.
Marc Marquez has taken his 50th career pole position following qualifying at Sepang, it is his 13th pole of the year and the most ever claimed by a rider in a single season. Marquez was in sublime form and became the first rider to put in a sub two minute lap time at the Malaysian track during a race weekend. His time of 1:59.791 put him two tenths clear of his team mate Dani Pedrosa who claimed second place on the grid and also put in an impressive lap which was inside the two minute bracket.
The wind had picked up at the start of Q2 but conditions remained sunny and extremely hot, the track temperature read at a baking 55 degrees Celsius and were the hottest temperatures recorded this year. Jorge Lorenzo appeared to struggle with the slippery conditions and had to settle for making it an all-Spanish top three and completing the front row. Stefan Bradl got a good lap in while following Marquez to claim fourth spot and head up the second row of the grid, the Italian duo of Andrea Dovizioso and Valentino Rossi will line up alongside him.
Aleix Espargaro edged out the British pairing of Cal Crutchlow and Bradley Smith while Alvaro Bautista, Hiroshi Aoyama and Pol Espargaro complete the make up of row four. Bautista went comfortably through the Q1 session after putting in an impressive last ditch lap, customer Honda rider Aoyama also did a fantastic job to go through with Bautista, he however crashed in Q2 and ended any chance of an improved result. Pol Espargaro took no part in the session after sustaining a broken bone in his left foot after crashing in the morning's FP3 session, according to his team boss Herve Poncheral however he will be fit to race tomorrow and will start from 12th.
|7||41||Aleix ESPARGARO||Forward Yamaha||2'00.801||1.010||0.061|
|18||15||Alex DE ANGELIS||Forward Yamaha||2'03.165||1.347||0.291|
|21||63||Mike DI MEGLIO||Avintia||2'04.784||2.966||0.245|