Fabio Quartararo was the fastest in the first free practice for the Malaysian Grand Prix in Sepang. Racer Petronas Yamaha set a new lap record with a time of 1: 59.027. He was 0.083 seconds behind teammate Franco Morbidelli, and the third time was recorded by Maverick Vinales on a factory Yamaha. Fourth was Marc Marquez, who had quite a few problems. First, in the first fast lap, he almost fell in the second corner, and then after about twelve minutes of training, his Honda gave up. The Spaniard quickly returned to the garage and soon returned to the track. Andrea Dovizioso and Alex Rins were fifth and sixth, followed by Aleix Espargaro, Valentino Rossi, Cal Crutchlow and Jack Miller. Again, Jorge Lorenzo did not find the right speed. He finished training in 18th place with 2.4 seconds behind.
Johann Zarco will be aiming for the top seven riders in the race this weekend in Sepang, as only then will he be able to show that he is capable of competing with the best. The Frenchman made his first appearance on a Honda motorcycle in Australia last weekend, replacing Takaaki Nakagami on the Honda LCR team. Before the race, he set himself the goal of ranking in the top ten, and in the end he was thirteenth, 26 seconds behind the winner. In Malaysia, he set the goal a bit higher, while also wanting to beat former team-mate Paul Espargaro, who won the duel on Phillip Island. “That’s the goal, too,” Zarco admitted. "But above all, I have to finish the race in the first seven, which will show that I am doing well in the races and that I can compete with the best. If I am in the first
With the victory in Sepang, Andrea Dovizioso postponed the decision on this year's world champion to the last race of the season in Valencia. The Italian managed to maintain his chances for the title of world champion in the fourth place of Marco Marquez, also thanks to his teammate Jorge Lorenzo, who led until the last five laps, when he dropped Dovizioso in front of him after a mistake in braking. If the Spaniard managed to win the first victory for Ducati, the second place of Dovizioso Marquez would already bring this year's world title. Ducati thus celebrated a double victory, and Johann Zarco took third place. As Dovizioso celebrated his sixth victory in Malaysia this year, as many as Marquez have collected this season, the latter must collect five points more than the Ducati racer in the event of Dovizioso's victory in Valencia, although
This year’s world champion, Marc Marquez was the fastest racer in his first free practice in Malaysia. The rain soaked the track overnight, so times improved from lap to lap. The Spaniard on the Honda was closest to Maverick Vinales, who was 0.268 seconds behind him. The third time of training was set by Scott Redding, and the fourth was Andrea Iannone, who is returning to the race this weekend after missed races due to a vertebral injury, if of course he will feel ready after training. Fifth was Valentino Rossi, who was 0.401 seconds behind Marquez. Hecotr Barbera, who also returned to the Avintia team garage when Iannone returned, was sixth, ahead of Aleix Espargaro and Yonny Hernandez. Alvaro Bautista was ninth and Jorge Lo was tenth
Kimi Raikkonen says the car’s injury after the collision with McLarn racer Kevin Magnusen was known throughout the rest of the race for the Malaysian Grand Prix. After a good start, Raikkonen broke through to sixth place, where he was overtaken by Magnussen from behind and hit him in the back right part of the car. Raikkonen had to drive almost the entire lap with a punctured tire. When he returned to the game, he was already almost a lap behind, but still climbed to 12th place. '' I'm very disappointed with the outcome of the race as I started very well. Then there was a collision with Magnussen and I had a damaged tire, which meant I had to make an extra stop, '' the Finn said. '' It completely nullified all chances for a good end result. The car crashed after the accident
At Lotus, Malaysia will have to take a big step forward this weekend, COO Alan Permane admitted. '' Simply put, we ended up with such sad races as last weekend. We haven't finished finishing the car yet either. We are aware that we are far behind, but we have worked hard to make up for what we missed, '' says Permane. '' That's not the way we want to continue racing. In Malaysia, we need to take a big step forward and we work hard every hour to ensure that step. I am confident that progress will be known within two weeks. '' Deputy Chief Operating Officer Federico Gastaldi added: '' Even if the results don't show, everyone on the team has worked hard. Both of our cars ended up with a problem on the same component and both me and the Renault Sport f1 v
Dani Pedrosa showed his teeth before the race in Malaysia and recorded the fastest times of both free practice today. In the second practice session, with a time of 2: 00.554, he missed the lap record held by Jorge Lorenzo by only two tenths of a second, but the Spaniard was still more than half a second faster than all his competitors. As in the first, Marc Marquez was only behind his teammate at Repsol Honda. Valentino Rossi showed a little more in the second practice and took the fourth fastest time, while Jorge Lorenzo was the sixth.
Host Mark Webber won his first training session with Red Bull before the Malaysian Grand Prix in Sepang. His best time was 1: 36.935. The Australian was 0.068 seconds faster than Melbourne winner Kimi Raikkonen. Sebastian Vettel was third. The typically hot and humid weather forced the teams to think tactically, and so for the most part they decided to procrastinate by using a harder rubber compound for as long as possible. The first fast laps were recorded after about thirty minutes. Raikkonen ran into some technical problems before and after his fast lap. He was bothered by KERS and the gearbox. Nevertheless, Finc managed to set a better time than Vettl, who drove 21 laps, which was the most in this training session. Fernando Alonso was Ferrari’s top-ranked racer. Its two hundred racing shouts
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