MotoGP Race And Practice Results

2018 Sepang Moto2 QP Result: A Furious Fight....For Second

Alex Marquez continued his weekend of dominance in spectacular fashion by shattering the lap record to secure pole position for Sunday's Moto2 race at the Sepang circuit. Marquez's 2'05.629 was nearly a second faster than Thomas Luthi's previous lap record of 2'06.383 (2015). More importantly, it was nearly half a second clear of second-place qualifier Luca Marini. Fabio Quartararo, who led the session early on, took the third slot on the grid.

Worrisome to Marquez's competition is that the Spaniard, who is the younger brother of the current MotoGP world champion Marc, was fastest in every session regardless of the track condition. Remy Gardner parlayed a strong weekend into the lead position on the second row followed by Mattia Pasini.

Pasini who was the runner-up in FP1 and FP3, qualified fifth less than a tenth in front sixth position's Franceso Bagnaia. With the final slot in the second row, Bagnaia, the championship points leader, qualified in just front of his primarly rival, Miguel Oliveira (7th) who leads the second row. Oliveira currently sits 36 points behind Bagnaia who can clinch the title this weekend with a top-five finish.

Xavi Vierge, one second off Marquez's lap record settled into eighth, a tenth in front of Brad Binder (9th).  Marcel Schrotter rounded out the top 10.

Result:

Pos. Num. Rider Bike Time Gap 1st Prev.
1 73 Alex MARQUEZ Kalex 2'05.629    
2 10 Luca MARINI Kalex 2'06.117 0.488 0.488
3 20 Fabio QUARTARARO Speed Up 2'06.295 0.666 0.178
4 87 Remy GARDNER Tech 3 2'06.347 0.718 0.052
5 54 Mattia PASINI Kalex 2'06.439 0.810 0.092
6 42 Francesco BAGNAIA Kalex 2'06.549 0.920 0.110
7 44 Miguel OLIVEIRA KTM 2'06.617 0.988 0.068
8 97 Xavi VIERGE Kalex 2'06.687 1.058 0.070
9 41 Brad BINDER KTM 2'06.741 1.112 0.054
10 23 Marcel SCHROTTER Kalex 2'06.742 1.113 0.001
11 40 Augusto FERNANDEZ Kalex 2'06.878 1.249 0.136
12 9 Jorge NAVARRO Kalex 2'06.901 1.272 0.023
13 7 Lorenzo BALDASSARRI Kalex 2'06.964 1.335 0.063
14 27 Iker LECUONA KTM 2'07.041 1.412 0.077
15 5 Andrea LOCATELLI Kalex 2'07.086 1.457 0.045
16 45 Tetsuta NAGASHIMA Kalex 2'07.220 1.591 0.134
17 77 Dominique AEGERTER KTM 2'07.243 1.614 0.023
18 36 Joan MIR Kalex 2'07.251 1.622 0.008
19 57 Edgar PONS Speed Up 2'07.251 1.622
20 2 Jesko RAFFIN Kalex 2'07.365 1.736 0.114
21 22 Sam LOWES KTM 2'07.379 1.750 0.014
22 24 Simone CORSI Kalex 2'07.494 1.865 0.115
23 16 Joe ROBERTS NTS 2'07.516 1.887 0.022
24 4 Steven ODENDAAL NTS 2'07.566 1.937 0.050
25 89 Khairul Idham PAWI Kalex 2'07.683 2.054 0.117
26 66 Niki TUULI Kalex 2'08.425 2.796 0.742
27 95 Jules DANILO Kalex 2'08.500 2.871 0.075
28 30 Dimas EKKY PRATAMA Tech 3 2'08.769 3.140 0.269
29 18 Xavi CARDELUS Kalex 2'08.989 3.360 0.220
30 32 Isaac VIÑALES Suter 2'09.524 3.895 0.535
31 21 Federico FULIGNI Kalex 2'09.942 4.313 0.418
32 50 Rafid Topan SUCIPTO Suter 2'10.553 4.924 0.611
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2018 Sepang Moto3 QP Result: But This One Goes To 11

Jorge Martin grabbed his 11th pole position of the season and set a lap record in the process at the Sepang circuit Saturday. Martin's 2'11.731 easily topped the previous Moto3 lap record of 2'12.078 held by current Moto2 rider Joan Mir. And better still for the championship leader, it puts him in front of his chief rival for the championship, Marco Bezzecchi. 

But just barely in front. This applies to final lap times (a mere three-hundredths) and points (one dozen with two races to go). Bezzecchi who will start next to Martin in Sunday's race, also broke Mir's lap record to seize the second spot on the grid. Completing the first row is Tony Arbolino who has been fast all weekend regardless of track conditions.

John McPhee, who with a minute to go seemed the likely pole-sitter, will lead the second row after a furious final minute dropped him from the top spot. Albert Arenas grabbed sixth, just in front of Enea Bastianini (6th). Behind them is the all-Japanese third row with Tatsuki Suzuki (7th), Kazuki Masaki (8th) and Ayumu Sasaki (9th). Niccolo Antonelli completes the top 10.

But the focus of Sunday's race will be the two riders at the front. All through qualifying, the pair marked each other, trading fastest times. Martin, mathematically, can secure the championship Sunday if his final position compared to Bezzecchi's gives him the 26-point cushion he needs to clinch before the final race. Bezecchi, given his points deficit, can't clinch unless he scores at least 13 points more than Martin and Martin can't race in the final in Valencia.  

Result:

Pos. Num. Rider Bike Time Gap 1st Prev.
1 88 Jorge MARTIN Honda 2'11.731    
2 12 Marco BEZZECCHI KTM 2'11.763 0.032 0.032
3 14 Tony ARBOLINO Honda 2'12.065 0.334 0.302
4 17 John MCPHEE KTM 2'12.081 0.350 0.016
5 75 Albert ARENAS KTM 2'12.211 0.480 0.130
6 33 Enea BASTIANINI Honda 2'12.222 0.491 0.011
7 24 Tatsuki SUZUKI Honda 2'12.543 0.812 0.321
8 22 Kazuki MASAKI KTM 2'12.627 0.896 0.084
9 71 Ayumu SASAKI Honda 2'12.637 0.906 0.010
10 23 Niccolò ANTONELLI Honda 2'12.679 0.948 0.042
11 40 Darryn BINDER KTM 2'12.748 1.017 0.069
12 31 Celestino VIETTI KTM 2'12.763 1.032 0.015
13 21 Fabio DI GIANNANTONIO Honda 2'12.797 1.066 0.034
14 48 Lorenzo DALLA PORTA Honda 2'12.812 1.081 0.015
15 44 Aron CANET Honda 2'12.873 1.142 0.061
16 10 Dennis FOGGIA KTM 2'12.940 1.209 0.067
17 72 Alonso LOPEZ Honda 2'12.975 1.244 0.035
18 7 Adam NORRODIN Honda 2'13.089 1.358 0.114
19 42 Marcos RAMIREZ KTM 2'13.113 1.382 0.024
20 27 Kaito TOBA Honda 2'13.160 1.429 0.047
21 77 Vicente PEREZ KTM 2'13.181 1.450 0.021
22 84 Jakub KORNFEIL KTM 2'13.644 1.913 0.463
23 16 Andrea MIGNO KTM 2'13.679 1.948 0.035
24 41 Nakarin ATIRATPHUVAPAT Honda 2'13.718 1.987 0.039
25 65 Philipp OETTL KTM 2'13.955 2.224 0.237
26 9 Apiwath WONGTHANANON KTM 2'14.502 2.771 0.547
27 81 Stefano NEPA KTM 2'14.692 2.961 0.190
28 76 Makar YURCHENKO Honda 2'14.868 3.137 0.176
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2018 Sepang MotoGP FP3 Result: Vinales Scorches Sepang

For the second weekend in a row, Maverick Vinales looks like the rider Yamaha debuted at Qatar in 2017. A win last week at Philip Island followed by this week's strong showing in practice, Vinales' form seems to have returned. Saturday's FP3 was another example of that.

The Spaniard's 1'59.231 near the session's end pushed Marc Marquez to second after it seemed certain the World Champion had secured the top time. Moreover, it does not appear to be a fliuke; it's the fastest lap of the weekend for a rider who has spent much of his his time in Sepang within the top five. For Marquez, it was second fastest for the second practice in a row. Jack Miller, also consistently quick this weekend, grabbed third. 

Perhaps the surprise of the session was Dani Pedrosa. The factory Honda rider -- who has won races here before --  has struggled this season and in two prior practices this weekend in Malaysia. But with three minutes left in the session, he set a blistering lap that pushed him initially into third place and also into Q2. Johann Zarco, who briefly led late in the session, had no additional response as fast laps ticked off in the final minute. He settled for fifth, just in front of Danilo Petrucci. 

Valentino Rossi, also quick early in the session, had no answer when the lap times dropped into the 1'59s. Rossi's seventh put him more than half a second from the top time of his teammate. Andrea Iannone (8th) finished as the top factory Suzuki with Suzuki teammate Alex Rins (15th) unable to match his top time in FP2. Alvaro Boutista (9th) and a surprising rookie Franco Morbidelli completed the top 10.

Note: Citing a lingering injury, Ducati factory rider Jorge Lorenzo withdrew from the race and was replaced in FP3 by Michele Pirro.

Results:

Pos. Num. Rider Bike Time Gap 1st Prev.
1 25 Maverick VIÑALES Yamaha 1'59.231    
2 93 Marc MARQUEZ Honda 1'59.257 0.026 0.026
3 43 Jack MILLER Ducati 1'59.375 0.144 0.118
4 26 Dani PEDROSA Honda 1'59.599 0.368 0.224
5 5 Johann ZARCO Yamaha 1'59.655 0.424 0.056
6 9 Danilo PETRUCCI Ducati 1'59.671 0.440 0.016
7 46 Valentino ROSSI Yamaha 1'59.773 0.542 0.102
8 29 Andrea IANNONE Suzuki 1'59.799 0.568 0.026
9 19 Alvaro BAUTISTA Ducati 2'00.130 0.899 0.331
10 21 Franco MORBIDELLI Honda 2'00.405 1.174 0.275
11 6 Stefan BRADL Honda 2'00.428 1.197 0.023
12 44 Pol ESPARGARO KTM 2'00.513 1.282 0.085
13 55 Hafizh SYAHRIN Yamaha 2'00.558 1.327 0.045
14 30 Takaaki NAKAGAMI Honda 2'00.638 1.407 0.080
15 42 Alex RINS Suzuki 2'00.649 1.418 0.011
16 41 Aleix ESPARGARO Aprilia 2'00.737 1.506 0.088
17 4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO Ducati 2'00.810 1.579 0.073
18 51 Michele PIRRO Ducati 2'01.090 1.859 0.280
19 38 Bradley SMITH KTM 2'01.223 1.992 0.133
20 17 Karel ABRAHAM Ducati 2'01.385 2.154 0.162
21 12 Thomas LUTHI Honda 2'01.470 2.239 0.085
22 45 Scott REDDING Aprilia 2'02.442 3.211 0.972
23 81 Jordi TORRES Ducati 2'03.142 3.911 0.700
24 10 Xavier SIMEON Ducati 2'03.455 4.224 0.313
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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.

The second-fastest rider, Mattia Pasini, was the first rider to dip into the 2'07s with 44 second left in FP3. And he looked to be the top rider up until the very end if not for Marquez. Championship leader Fancesco Bagnaia finished as the final rider under the 2'08 mark. Bagnaia, with a top five showing in the race, could clinch the championship this weekend. 

Miguel Oliveira, who mathematically still remains in chanpionship contention at 36 points behind Bagnaia, managed fourth fastest just ahead of and increasingly quick Iker Lecuona (5th). Luca Marini who ran as high as fourth, was demoted to sixth at the session's end. Marcel Schrotter (7th), Dominique Aegerter (8th), Jorge Navarro (9th) and Sam Lowes rounded out the top ten.

Results:

Pos. Num. Rider Bike Time Gap 1st Prev.
1 73 Alex MARQUEZ Kalex 2'07.768    
2 54 Mattia PASINI Kalex 2'07.835 0.067 0.067
3 42 Francesco BAGNAIA Kalex 2'07.977 0.209 0.142
4 44 Miguel OLIVEIRA KTM 2'08.139 0.371 0.162
5 27 Iker LECUONA KTM 2'08.196 0.428 0.057
6 10 Luca MARINI Kalex 2'08.280 0.512 0.084
7 23 Marcel SCHROTTER Kalex 2'08.303 0.535 0.023
8 77 Dominique AEGERTER KTM 2'08.547 0.779 0.244
9 9 Jorge NAVARRO Kalex 2'08.563 0.795 0.016
10 22 Sam LOWES KTM 2'08.640 0.872 0.077
11 36 Joan MIR Kalex 2'08.710 0.942 0.070
12 45 Tetsuta NAGASHIMA Kalex 2'08.733 0.965 0.023
13 16 Joe ROBERTS NTS 2'08.878 1.110 0.145
14 97 Xavi VIERGE Kalex 2'08.968 1.200 0.090
15 7 Lorenzo BALDASSARRI Kalex 2'09.152 1.384 0.184
16 2 Jesko RAFFIN Kalex 2'09.240 1.472 0.088
17 20 Fabio QUARTARARO Speed Up 2'09.265 1.497 0.025
18 87 Remy GARDNER Tech 3 2'09.333 1.565 0.068
19 40 Augusto FERNANDEZ Kalex 2'09.419 1.651 0.086
20 4 Steven ODENDAAL NTS 2'09.566 1.798 0.147
21 5 Andrea LOCATELLI Kalex 2'09.613 1.845 0.047
22 24 Simone CORSI Kalex 2'09.815 2.047 0.202
23 18 Xavi CARDELUS Kalex 2'09.979 2.211 0.164
24 30 Dimas EKKY PRATAMA Tech 3 2'10.793 3.025 0.814
25 89 Khairul Idham PAWI Kalex 2'10.873 3.105 0.080
26 57 Edgar PONS Speed Up 2'10.965 3.197 0.092
27 41 Brad BINDER KTM 2'11.053 3.285 0.088
28 50 Rafid Topan SUCIPTO Suter 2'11.180 3.412 0.127
29 32 Isaac VIÑALES Suter 2'11.224 3.456 0.044
30 21 Federico FULIGNI Kalex 2'11.585 3.817 0.361
31 95 Jules DANILO Kalex 2'11.726 3.958 0.141
32 66 Niki TUULI Kalex 2'12.416 4.648 0.690
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2018 Sepang Moto3 FP3 Result: Atiratphuvapat First By Seconds

Taking a risk with slick tires on a damp track, Nakarin Atiratphuvapat topped the field by nearly two seconds to lead FP3 at the Sepang Circuit Saturday in Malaysia. Atiratphuvapat's 2'22.010 dropped Tony Arbolino into second. The Italian rider had led much of FP3 on rain tires with a 2'24.570 he set early on, eventually improving on that by a second at the end of FP3.

But with three minutes to go, several riders pitted to see if the mixed conditions would allow for a fast time on slicks. And the answer for Atiratphuvapat was yes. But not so for every rider as the dry line was inconsistent and treacherous. Marco Bezzecchi set the third-fastest time, just in front of Aron Canet. Andrea Migno (5th) rounded out the top five.

Because the session was held on a damp track with inconsistent wet patches and insufficient moisture to keep rain tires from overheating, teams remained mixed on what tires to use with riders sitting, starting, pitting and then repitting to make tire and setting changes. Indeed, evidence of the mixed conditions can been seen on the timesheet with 5.5 seconds separating first from 20th -- a gap that often is defined by a second or two.

Adam Norrodin set the fifth fastest with Jacob Kornfeil (6th) three-tenths back. Fabio DiGiannantonio (7th), Stefano Nepa (8th) and Kaito Toba dounded out the top 10. 

Results:

Pos. Num. Rider Bike Time Gap 1st Prev.
1 41 Nakarin ATIRATPHUVAPAT Honda 2'22.010    
2 14 Tony ARBOLINO Honda 2'23.951 1.941 1.941
3 12 Marco BEZZECCHI KTM 2'24.239 2.229 0.288
4 44 Aron CANET Honda 2'24.338 2.328 0.099
5 16 Andrea MIGNO KTM 2'24.399 2.389 0.061
6 7 Adam NORRODIN Honda 2'24.460 2.450 0.061
7 84 Jakub KORNFEIL KTM 2'24.746 2.736 0.286
8 21 Fabio DI GIANNANTONIO Honda 2'25.654 3.644 0.908
9 81 Stefano NEPA KTM 2'26.061 4.051 0.407
10 27 Kaito TOBA Honda 2'26.108 4.098 0.047
11 72 Alonso LOPEZ Honda 2'26.229 4.219 0.121
12 48 Lorenzo DALLA PORTA Honda 2'26.261 4.251 0.032
13 75 Albert ARENAS KTM 2'26.548 4.538 0.287
14 71 Ayumu SASAKI Honda 2'26.765 4.755 0.217
15 88 Jorge MARTIN Honda 2'26.830 4.820 0.065
16 24 Tatsuki SUZUKI Honda 2'27.063 5.053 0.233
17 40 Darryn BINDER KTM 2'27.280 5.270 0.217
18 9 Apiwath WONGTHANANON KTM 2'27.558 5.548 0.278
19 42 Marcos RAMIREZ KTM 2'27.624 5.614 0.066
20 77 Vicente PEREZ KTM 2'27.656 5.646 0.032
21 17 John MCPHEE KTM 2'27.658 5.648 0.002
22 33 Enea BASTIANINI Honda 2'27.747 5.737 0.089
23 76 Makar YURCHENKO Honda 2'27.851 5.841 0.104
24 65 Philipp OETTL KTM 2'27.867 5.857 0.016
25 23 Niccolò ANTONELLI Honda 2'28.283 6.273 0.416
26 10 Dennis FOGGIA KTM 2'28.793 6.783 0.510
27 22 Kazuki MASAKI KTM 2'28.832 6.822 0.039
28 31 Celestino VIETTI KTM 2'29.036 7.026 0.204
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2018 Sepang MotoGP FP2 Result: Rins Reels It In

Fresh from a strong fifth place last week at Philip Island, Alex Rins showed his strong form is holding firm with a top time in FP2 at the Sepang circuit in Malaysia. Rins 1'59.608 on Friday was the fastest time of the weekend and gave him the top combined times for Friday practices. Marc marquez, who held the top of the timesheet with 2 minutes left was relegated to second on Rins fast lap. Jack Miller, the first rider in FP2 to drop into the 1'59s was pushed into third.

Maverick Vinales seized fourth late, just ahead of Danilo Petrucci (5th). Valentino Rossi, who's 2'00.035 held as the top spot for much of the session was pushed into sixth in the final two minutes of practice. Andrea Dovizioso (7th), who was quickest in FP1, could not equal his earlier lap time. Johann Zarco (8th), Andrea Iannone and Dani Pedrosa (10th) rounded out the top 10.

Concerned about unpredictable weather for Saturday's qualifying, riders pushed hard early, treating both Friday sessions as a quasi qualifiers.

Results:

NOTE: Riders shown in bold currently will advance to Q2, pending results in FP3.

Pos. Num. Rider Bike Time Gap 1st Prev.
1 42 Alex RINS Suzuki 1'59.608    
2 93 Marc MARQUEZ Honda 1'59.701 0.093 0.093
3 43 Jack MILLER Ducati 1'59.771 0.163 0.070
4 25 Maverick VIÑALES Yamaha 1'59.802 0.194 0.031
5 9 Danilo PETRUCCI Ducati 1'59.811 0.203 0.009
6 46 Valentino ROSSI Yamaha 2'00.017 0.409 0.206
7 4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO Ducati 2'00.091 0.483 0.074
8 5 Johann ZARCO Yamaha 2'00.159 0.551 0.068
9 29 Andrea IANNONE Suzuki 2'00.502 0.894 0.343
10 26 Dani PEDROSA Honda 2'00.579 0.971 0.077
11 30 Takaaki NAKAGAMI Honda 2'00.829 1.221 0.250
12 19 Alvaro BAUTISTA Ducati 2'00.980 1.372 0.151
13 21 Franco MORBIDELLI Honda 2'00.981 1.373 0.001
14 44 Pol ESPARGARO KTM 2'01.020 1.412 0.039
15 38 Bradley SMITH KTM 2'01.302 1.694 0.282
16 6 Stefan BRADL Honda 2'01.561 1.953 0.259
17 17 Karel ABRAHAM Ducati 2'01.684 2.076 0.123
18 12 Thomas LUTHI Honda 2'01.743 2.135 0.059
19 41 Aleix ESPARGARO Aprilia 2'01.766 2.158 0.023
20 55 Hafizh SYAHRIN Yamaha 2'01.894 2.286 0.128
21 10 Xavier SIMEON Ducati 2'01.900 2.292 0.006
22 81 Jordi TORRES Ducati 2'01.940 2.332 0.040
23 45 Scott REDDING Aprilia 2'02.338 2.730 0.398
24 99 Jorge LORENZO Ducati 2'04.636 5.028 2.298

 

 

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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. 

Luca Marini rounded out the top three, just missing the 2'06s by nine-hundredths of a second, followed by Francesco Bagnaia (4th). And in fifth was Mattia Pasini. Just 15 seconds before the checkered flag, Pasini was top of the session. Then came the small, sudden avalanche. First Quartararo bumped him back. Marquez set the top time followed by a third-fastest Marini and then Bagnaia.

Sam Lowes in a return to form took sixth, just ahead of Miguel Oliveira (7th). Lorenzo Baldassarri (8th), Remy Gardner (9th) and Brad Binder rounded out the top 10. 

The session started slow with a riders choosing rain tires or simply remaining in the pit until the track dried sufficiently. With 24 minutes left, the entire field was on slicks and lap times began to drop. Pasini set a 2'07.601 followed closely by Bagnaia and Gardner. And those positions largely held until the end of the session when the lap times began to fall, dropping Pasini down the timesheet.

Results:

Pos. Num. Rider Bike Time Gap 1st Prev.
1 73 Alex MARQUEZ Kalex 2'06.928    
2 20 Fabio QUARTARARO Speed Up 2'06.958 0.030 0.030
3 10 Luca MARINI Kalex 2'07.089 0.161 0.131
4 42 Francesco BAGNAIA Kalex 2'07.106 0.178 0.017
5 54 Mattia PASINI Kalex 2'07.107 0.179 0.001
6 22 Sam LOWES KTM 2'07.315 0.387 0.208
7 44 Miguel OLIVEIRA KTM 2'07.551 0.623 0.236
8 7 Lorenzo BALDASSARRI Kalex 2'07.605 0.677 0.054
9 87 Remy GARDNER Tech 3 2'07.644 0.716 0.039
10 41 Brad BINDER KTM 2'07.685 0.757 0.041
11 40 Augusto FERNANDEZ Kalex 2'07.797 0.869 0.112
12 9 Jorge NAVARRO Kalex 2'07.808 0.880 0.011
13 23 Marcel SCHROTTER Kalex 2'07.819 0.891 0.011
14 45 Tetsuta NAGASHIMA Kalex 2'07.991 1.063 0.172
15 27 Iker LECUONA KTM 2'08.128 1.200 0.137
16 16 Joe ROBERTS NTS 2'08.171 1.243 0.043
17 5 Andrea LOCATELLI Kalex 2'08.237 1.309 0.066
18 97 Xavi VIERGE Kalex 2'08.250 1.322 0.013
19 2 Jesko RAFFIN Kalex 2'08.632 1.704 0.382
20 24 Simone CORSI Kalex 2'08.663 1.735 0.031
21 36 Joan MIR Kalex 2'08.732 1.804 0.069
22 4 Steven ODENDAAL NTS 2'08.826 1.898 0.094
23 66 Niki TUULI Kalex 2'09.013 2.085 0.187
24 57 Edgar PONS Speed Up 2'09.120 2.192 0.107
25 89 Khairul Idham PAWI Kalex 2'09.184 2.256 0.064
26 77 Dominique AEGERTER KTM 2'09.507 2.579 0.323
27 95 Jules DANILO Kalex 2'09.538 2.610 0.031
28 30 Dimas EKKY PRATAMA Tech 3 2'09.665 2.737 0.127
29 32 Isaac VIÑALES Suter 2'10.949 4.021 1.284
30 21 Federico FULIGNI Kalex 2'11.055 4.127 0.106
31 18 Xavi CARDELUS Kalex 2'12.217 5.289 1.162
32 50 Rafid Topan SUCIPTO Suter 2'13.167 6.239 0.950
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2018 Sepang Moto3 FP2 Result: Arbolino Fastest in an Abbreviated Practice

Tony Arbolino set his fastest lap halfway through Friday's second free practice at Malaysia's Sepang circuit and it ended up topping the charts with a 2'14.227 as rain moved in and cut short the track time. Just one hundredth of a second back was John McPhee who also pressed for a good time early in the session as dark clouds moved across the 5.5 km (3.4 mi.) track. Aron Canet, who topped last year's FP2, set the third-fastest time as riders got 25 minutes of dry track before the downpour.

Championship points leader Jorge Martin, just another four-thousandths back finished fourth in the tightly bunched field; the top 20 riders finished the practice within a single second of each other. Niccolo Antonelli, 14th in the first practice, improved to fifth before heading to the pits. Andrea Migno (6th) just barely bested Enea Bastianini (7th) by .003. Marco Bezzecchi, second in the championship, settled fior eighth as the majority of riders pitted with 18 minutes to go in the session.

Results:

Pos. Num. Rider Bike Time Gap 1st Prev.
1 14 Tony ARBOLINO Honda 2'14.227    
2 17 John MCPHEE KTM 2'14.237 0.010 0.010
3 44 Aron CANET Honda 2'14.247 0.020 0.010
4 88 Jorge MARTIN Honda 2'14.251 0.024 0.004
5 23 Niccolò ANTONELLI Honda 2'14.349 0.122 0.098
6 16 Andrea MIGNO KTM 2'14.352 0.125 0.003
7 33 Enea BASTIANINI Honda 2'14.355 0.128 0.003
8 12 Marco BEZZECCHI KTM 2'14.382 0.155 0.027
9 72 Alonso LOPEZ Honda 2'14.547 0.320 0.165
10 75 Albert ARENAS KTM 2'14.548 0.321 0.001
11 27 Kaito TOBA Honda 2'14.709 0.482 0.161
12 22 Kazuki MASAKI KTM 2'14.775 0.548 0.066
13 21 Fabio DI GIANNANTONIO Honda 2'14.782 0.555 0.007
14 24 Tatsuki SUZUKI Honda 2'14.916 0.689 0.134
15 40 Darryn BINDER KTM 2'15.002 0.775 0.086
16 31 Celestino VIETTI KTM 2'15.028 0.801 0.026
17 84 Jakub KORNFEIL KTM 2'15.059 0.832 0.031
18 48 Lorenzo DALLA PORTA Honda 2'15.125 0.898 0.066
19 10 Dennis FOGGIA KTM 2'15.154 0.927 0.029
20 71 Ayumu SASAKI Honda 2'15.199 0.972 0.045
21 77 Vicente PEREZ KTM 2'15.632 1.405 0.433
22 7 Adam NORRODIN Honda 2'15.741 1.514 0.109
23 41 Nakarin ATIRATPHUVAPAT Honda 2'15.961 1.734 0.220
24 42 Marcos RAMIREZ KTM 2'16.166 1.939 0.205
25 65 Philipp OETTL KTM 2'16.286 2.059 0.120
26 81 Stefano NEPA KTM 2'16.674 2.447 0.388
  9 Apiwath WONGTHANANON KTM      
  76 Makar YURCHENKO Honda      
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2018 Sepang MotoGP FP1 Result: Dovizioso Leads the Way

Andrea Dovizioso, winner at the Sepang circuit last year, picked up where he left off with a1'59.697 to set the fastest time of the day. The lap was and nearly a full second faster than his his best FP1 time in 2017. Valentinio Rossi made his fastest lap of the session count with a 1'59.070 to jump from 14th to runner-up in the closing minutes of the first Friday practice.

Maverick Vinales, fresh off a win the last week in Australia, grabbed third, just behind his factory Yamaha teammate. Jack Miller, who held the top time with six minutes remaining, ended the session as fourth-fastest and as one of four Ducatis in the top 10. Miller's was the final bike in the 1'59s. Danilo Petrucci ended his session just in front of Alex Rins factory Suzuki (6th). Aleix Espargaro had a surprisingly strong showing on the problematic Aprilia for seventh.

Alvaro Bautista, who is signed to ride in World Superbike next year, continued his strong late-season form with eighth fastest. Johann Zarco, who spectcularly crashed out of the Philip Island race one week ago, ended the session in ninth, just in front of recently crowned 2018 world champion Marc Marquez (10th).

Results:

Pos. Num. Rider Bike Time Gap 1st Prev.
1 4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO Ducati 1'59.697    
2 46 Valentino ROSSI Yamaha 1'59.767 0.070 0.070
3 25 Maverick VIÑALES Yamaha 1'59.928 0.231 0.161
4 43 Jack MILLER Ducati 1'59.941 0.244 0.013
5 9 Danilo PETRUCCI Ducati 2'00.182 0.485 0.241
6 42 Alex RINS Suzuki 2'00.241 0.544 0.059
7 41 Aleix ESPARGARO Aprilia 2'00.552 0.855 0.311
8 19 Alvaro BAUTISTA Ducati 2'00.664 0.967 0.112
9 5 Johann ZARCO Yamaha 2'00.726 1.029 0.062
10 93 Marc MARQUEZ Honda 2'00.801 1.104 0.075
11 29 Andrea IANNONE Suzuki 2'00.973 1.276 0.172
12 30 Takaaki NAKAGAMI Honda 2'01.199 1.502 0.226
13 21 Franco MORBIDELLI Honda 2'01.209 1.512 0.010
14 38 Bradley SMITH KTM 2'01.230 1.533 0.021
15 6 Stefan BRADL Honda 2'01.313 1.616 0.083
16 26 Dani PEDROSA Honda 2'01.320 1.623 0.007
17 55 Hafizh SYAHRIN Yamaha 2'01.419 1.722 0.099
18 45 Scott REDDING Aprilia 2'01.690 1.993 0.271
19 44 Pol ESPARGARO KTM 2'01.825 2.128 0.135
20 12 Thomas LUTHI Honda 2'01.922 2.225 0.097
21 17 Karel ABRAHAM Ducati 2'02.097 2.400 0.175
22 10 Xavier SIMEON Ducati 2'02.101 2.404 0.004
23 81 Jordi TORRES Ducati 2'02.451 2.754 0.350
24 99 Jorge LORENZO Ducati 2'03.204 3.507 0.753
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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).

Riders started the session on rain tires but as the dry line quickly emerged, all pitted and switched to slicks. Straight away, Pasini climbed to the top of the charts by dropping into the 2'09s closely followed by Marquez and Marini.  With seven minutes left in the session, the top riders dropped into the 2'08s with Pasini still out front but closely paced by Lecuona and Joan Mir.

And just as it looked like Pasini would keep the fastest time, Marquez who was sitting in second had his best lap of the morning just after the checkered flag to swipe the top spot.

Results:

Pos. Num. Rider Bike Time Gap 1st Prev.
1 73 Alex MARQUEZ Kalex 2'08.351    
2 54 Mattia PASINI Kalex 2'08.565 0.214 0.214
3 42 Francesco BAGNAIA Kalex 2'08.575 0.224 0.010
4 10 Luca MARINI Kalex 2'08.666 0.315 0.091
5 27 Iker LECUONA KTM 2'08.724 0.373 0.058
6 7 Lorenzo BALDASSARRI Kalex 2'08.754 0.403 0.030
7 87 Remy GARDNER Tech 3 2'08.918 0.567 0.164
8 45 Tetsuta NAGASHIMA Kalex 2'08.996 0.645 0.078
9 40 Augusto FERNANDEZ Kalex 2'09.094 0.743 0.098
10 2 Jesko RAFFIN Kalex 2'09.227 0.876 0.133
11 44 Miguel OLIVEIRA KTM 2'09.267 0.916 0.040
12 23 Marcel SCHROTTER Kalex 2'09.303 0.952 0.036
13 20 Fabio QUARTARARO Speed Up 2'09.307 0.956 0.004
14 22 Sam LOWES KTM 2'09.376 1.025 0.069
15 9 Jorge NAVARRO Kalex 2'09.508 1.157 0.132
16 77 Dominique AEGERTER KTM 2'09.743 1.392 0.235
17 36 Joan MIR Kalex 2'09.745 1.394 0.002
18 41 Brad BINDER KTM 2'09.780 1.429 0.035
19 89 Khairul Idham PAWI Kalex 2'09.831 1.480 0.051
20 4 Steven ODENDAAL NTS 2'10.357 2.006 0.526
21 97 Xavi VIERGE Kalex 2'10.419 2.068 0.062
22 5 Andrea LOCATELLI Kalex 2'10.542 2.191 0.123
23 66 Niki TUULI Kalex 2'10.759 2.408 0.217
24 24 Simone CORSI Kalex 2'10.849 2.498 0.090
25 95 Jules DANILO Kalex 2'11.190 2.839 0.341
26 57 Edgar PONS Speed Up 2'11.251 2.900 0.061
27 16 Joe ROBERTS NTS 2'11.309 2.958 0.058
28 32 Isaac VIÑALES Suter 2'11.542 3.191 0.233
29 30 Dimas EKKY PRATAMA Tech 3 2'11.598 3.247 0.056
30 18 Xavi CARDELUS Kalex 2'13.784 5.433 2.186
31 21 Federico FULIGNI Kalex 2'13.886 5.535 0.102
32 50 Rafid Topan SUCIPTO Suter 2'15.654 7.303 1.768
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