Press Release from Repsol Honda: A torrential downpour just before the start of the MotoGP race caused a 20-minute delay and played a key role in today’s race at Sepang. Marc Marquez was one of the victims of the tricky conditions as he crashed out of a battle for the podium and had to settle for 11th place at the finish.

The reigning World Champion got off well at the start and ended the first lap in fourth position. He stuck close to the three front riders, comfortably matching their pace while the track was slowly drying and avoiding pushing too hard, in order to preserve the tyres for the final laps.

Unfortunately, while chasing eventual race winner Dovizioso on lap 12, Marc crashed in turn 11. He bravely re-joined the race and recovered from 15th to an ultimate 11th-place finish.

Hiroshi Aoyama had a complicated race as he didn’t start well and got stuck in traffic. He found himself in last position after the first lap and recovered a few spots to finish 16th.

Marc Marquez

11TH 

“Today was a difficult day. In the morning the weather was already unstable and finally the race was in the wet. Before the start I decided to use the carbon disc brakes, which gave me the chance to be stronger in braking. It was the right choice and it has nothing to do with my crash. At the beginning of the race I was riding quite comfortably in the leading group, trying to save the tires for the end of the race, but suddenly I crashed by losing the front at Turn 11. I thought I had a chance to finish on the podium here, but it was not to be, and it is better that this happens now that we already have the title. This experience will help us for next year and helps us appreciate the World Championship even more.”

 

  Marc Marquez  
 

Hiroshi Aoyama

16TH 

“It was a rather tough race. When it started raining heavily, I think I could have finished in a better position, but unfortunately I had traffic in front of me for a few laps. When I passed Rabat, it was too late to catch the riders ahead. At first there was plenty of water on track and I could barely see what was ahead of me, so I couldn’t overtake. After a while, I saw that the sun was beginning to come out and I decided to push a little more, but my situation was not easy. This weekend the team worked very hard to get me comfortable and provide me with the best bike possible. I’m very glad to have been able to ride for the Repsol Honda Team, I thank the team again for the chance and hope that at the next race Dani can return.”

Hiroshi Aoyama

Race Results

Pos. Rider Num Nation Points Team Time/Gap
1 DOVIZIOSO Andrea 4 ITA 25 Ducati Team 42’27.333
2 ROSSI Valentino 46 ITA 20 Movistar Yamaha MotoGP 3.115
3 LORENZO Jorge 99 SPA 16 Movistar Yamaha MotoGP 11.924
4 BARBERA Hector 8 SPA 13 Avintia Racing 19.916
5 BAZ Loris 76 FRA 11 Avintia Racing 21.353
6 VINALES Maverick 25 SPA 10 Team Suzuki Ecstar 22.932
7 BAUTISTA Alvaro 19 SPA 9 Aprilia Racing Team Gresini 25.829
8 MILLER Jack 43 AUS 8 Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS 32.746
9 ESPARGARO Pol 44 SPA 7 Monster Yamaha Tech 3 33.704
10 PETRUCCI Danilo 9 ITA 6 Octo Pramac Racing 34.280
11 MARQUEZ Marc 93 SPA 5 Repsol Honda Team 36.480
12 LAVERTY Eugene 50 IRE 4 Aspar MotoGP Team 36.638
13 ESPARGARO Aleix 41 SPA 3 Team Suzuki Ecstar 36.897
14 SMITH Bradley 38 GBR 2 Monster Yamaha Tech 3 45.609
15 REDDING Scott 45 GBR 1 Octo Pramac Racing 49.779
16 AOYAMA Hiroshi 7 JPN 0 Repsol Honda Team 52.665
17 BRADL Stefan 6 GER 0 Aprilia Racing Team Gresini 52.784
18 RABAT Tito 53 SPA 0 Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS 54.891
19 IANNONE Andrea 29 ITA 0 Ducati Team
20 CRUTCHLOW Cal 35 GBR 0 LCR Honda
21 HERNANDEZ Yonny 68 COL 0 Aspar MotoGP Team