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Penultimate Push As Repsol Honda Team Chase Team Championship
Posted by: newsla on Oct 29, 2019 - 06:05 PM
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Penultimate Push As Repsol Honda Team Chase Team Championship


The flyaways draw to a close and the end of the season is fast approaching, but the Triple Crown is still wide open.

 
First hosting a Grand Prix in 1999, the Sepang International Circuit has been a constant fixture on the MotoGP World Championship calendar for both racing and testing. The 5.5km long Malaysian circuit is a physically demanding challenge no matter the conditions, air temperature rarely dropping below 30ºC even when the tropical storms hit.

Hunting a sixth straight Grand Prix victory in 2019 and his third at Sepang, Marc Marquez arrives in Malaysia in perfect form as he continues to dominate the premier class. Currently on 375 World Championship points, the Malaysian GP present the reigning MotoGP World Champion with his first opportunity to pass Jorge Lorenzo’s record of 383 points scored in a single season. As in Australia, Marquez is aware he’ll face a strong challenge from Yamaha and Ducati.

Lorenzo arrives in Malaysia hoping for better fortunes after a trying weekend in Phillip Island. Struggling in the cooler conditions, Sepang’s heat should offer Lorenzo a chance to continue improving his feeling on the Honda RC213V. The five-time World Champion has finished on the premier class podium seven times in Malaysia.

Just a single point separates the Ducati Team (409) from the Repsol Honda Team (408) in the Team Championship as Honda look to complete the prestigious Triple Crown. With both the Riders and a record 25th Constructors Championships achieved, the Team Championship is final objective to achieve in 2019.

Practice for the premier class begins at 10:50 Local Time on Friday, November 01 with the 20-lap Malaysian Grand Prix scheduled for 15:00 Local Time on Sunday, November 03.

Marc Marquez
“We enjoyed a great victory in Australia as me, the Repsol Honda Team and the bike are working very well together. Now we arrive at the last race of the triple, but it’s not time to stop and relax. Sepang is another track where I think Yamaha will be fast, as will Ducati, but the target is of course to try and fight for victory again. We will see how the weekend goes and adapt as we need to.”

Marc Marquez
Jorge Lorenzo
“Sepang is a track where I have had good success in the past. Earlier this year I was not able to test in Sepang because of my training injury, but my team were there testing so already we have some ideas of what to do with the bike. Compared to Australia, the circuit in Malaysia should suit me more and I think we will be able to get back to where we were in Motegi. We will see how the weekend progresses there.”

Jorge Lorenzo
Rider Standings
Pos. Rider Num Nation Points Team
1
MARQUEZ
Marc 93 SPA 375 Repsol Honda Team
2
DOVIZIOSO
Andrea 4 ITA 240 Ducati Team
3
RINS
Alex 42 SPA 183 Team Suzuki Ecstar
4
VINALES
Maverick 12 SPA 176 Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP
5
PETRUCCI
Danilo 9 ITA 169 Ducati Team
6
QUARTARARO
Fabio 20 FRA 163 Petronas Yamaha SRT
7
ROSSI
Valentino 46 ITA 153 Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP
8
MILLER
Jack 43 AUS 141 Pramac Racing
9
CRUTCHLOW
Cal 35 GBR 133 LCR Honda
10
MORBIDELLI
Franco 21 ITA 105 Petronas Yamaha SRT
11
ESPARGARO
Pol 44 SPA 89 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing
12
MIR
Joan 36 SPA 77 Team Suzuki Ecstar
13
NAKAGAMI
Takaaki 30 JPN 74 LCR Honda
14
ESPARGARO
Aleix 41 SPA 53 Aprilia Racing Team Gresini
15
BAGNAIA
Francesco 63 ITA 50 Pramac Racing
16
IANNONE
Andrea 29 ITA 43 Aprilia Racing Team Gresini
17
OLIVEIRA
Miguel 88 POR 33 Red Bull KTM Tech 3
18
ZARCO
Johann 5 FRA 30 LCR Honda
19
LORENZO
Jorge 99 SPA 23 Repsol Honda Team
20
RABAT
Tito 53 SPA 18 Reale Avintia Racing
21
BRADL
Stefan 6 GER 16 Repsol Honda Team
22
PIRRO
Michele 51 ITA 9 Ducati Team
23
SYAHRIN
Hafizh 55 MAL 8 Red Bull KTM Tech 3
24
ABRAHAM
Karel 17 CZE 7 Reale Avintia Racing
25
GUINTOLI
Sylvain 50 FRA 7 Team Suzuki Ecstar
26
KALLIO
Mika 82 FIN 2 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing

Team Standings
Pos. Team Points
1 Ducati Team 409
2 Repsol Honda Team 408
3 Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP 329
4 Petronas Yamaha SRT 268
5 Team Suzuki Ecstar 264
6 LCR Honda 210
7 Pramac Racing 191
8 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing 118
9 Aprilia Racing Team Gresini 96
10 Red Bull KTM Tech 3 41
11 Reale Avintia Racing 25
12 HRC Test Team 6
13 Suzuki Test Team 3

Constructor Standings
Pos. Team Points
1 Honda 381
2 Ducati 286
3 Yamaha 276
4 Suzuki 212
5 KTM 100
6 Aprilia 78

Location Information
Specifically built for speed and exciting racing, the Sepang International Circuit in Malaysia is one of the world’s best. The 2,300 acre complex cost around £50m to construct and was built in just 14 months, holding its first Grand Prix in April 1999 and setting the standard for race circuits… read more.

Sepang Circuit
Length 5.543 kilometres / 3.444 miles
Width 25 metres
Left corners 5
Right corners 10
Longest straight 0.920 kilometres / 0.572 miles
Constructed 1998
Circuit Records

Pole Position 1m 59.053s (167.6km/h) Dani Pedrosa (Honda, 2015)
Race Lap 2m 00.606s (165.4km/h) Jorge Lorenzo (Yamaha, 2015)
Race Time 40m 32.372s (164.0 km/h) Marc Marquez (Honda, 2018)
2018 Race Winner Marc Marquez (Honda)

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