Sunday, October 26, 2014

Movistar Yamaha's Rossi 2nd, Lorenzo 3rd to Round Out Podium in Penultimate MotoGP Round in Malaysia

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Sepang, Malaysia
Grand Prix of Malaysia
Yamaha Secures Double Podium at Sweltering Sepang
16:00 Local time GMT+8
SunnySunnyTemperatureAir 36°C
Track 54°C
TemperatureHumidity 50%
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 Sepang International Circuit (Sepang, Malaysia), 26th October 2014

The Malaysian Motorcycle Grand Prix saw Movistar Yamaha MotoGP’s Valentino Rossi and Jorge Lorenzo claim Yamaha’s eighth double podium of the season after a heated battle at the Sepang International Circuit.

Valentino Rossi had a dream start to the Malaysian Grand Prix as he shot up two places to fourth and settled behind his teammate Lorenzo. As Lorenzo moved up the order, Rossi quickly responded and climbed to third, but he was shadowed in his every move by rival Marc Marquez. While lying second Dani Pedrosa crashed out of the race on the last corner of the third lap, promoting Rossi to second as he continued the hunt for his teammate. Slowly but surely Rossi closed the gap and on lap nine he made his move.

Aware that he was still followed by rival Marquez, the Doctor put the hammer down on the next lap but went slightly off line on the last corner and was forced to give the position to Marquez. Rossi refused to give up and chased his rival but, as the tyres started to wear down and the heat started to take its toll, he was unable to retake the lead and finished the race in second, +2.445 behind the leader.

Teammate Lorenzo catapulted off the line at the start of the Sepang battle and arrived at the first corner in second place until a slight touch with rival Marc Marquez forced him wide in the first corner. The Majorcan was quick to recover and went through the first corners side by side with teammate Rossi in third and fourth place.

Lorenzo was the quicker one of the two and soon made his move on Andrea Dovizioso and Dani Pedrosa to take the lead before the end of the fist lap. He put his head down in the attempt to extend his lead, but Rossi soon caught up and with 11 laps to go made his move. Before Lorenzo could answer he held off an attack from Marquez in his typical x-fuera style, but was unable make it last. Lorenzo remained determined to fight, but eventually settled for third place, his 85th MotoGP podium finish.

Rossi’s impressive comeback from sixth to second earns him 20 points and leaves him second in the championship standings with 275 points. Lorenzo’s performance sees him take 16 points and leaves him third in the championship standings on 263 points, just 12 points behind his teammate.
46Valentino Rossi
2nd / +2.445 / 20 laps
“This race is the most difficult race for the riders but I felt good with my preparations. This means I have worked well. The second place is positive for me because we struggled much during the weekend and I wasn’t very strong. This morning we improved the bike and once again in the afternoon. The bike was perfect for the race. I fought a lot and I enjoyed the fight with Jorge and also the battle with Marc at the end. At one moment I thought I could win, but unfortunately Marc was a little bit too fast. The best way to think of the second place for the championship is to try and fight for the podium. That’s my target, but Valencia is a difficult track for me. In the past I struggled there a lot, so this year I want to try the maximum. I want to be competitive on Sunday and try to arrive on the podium.”

Valentino Rossi
Jorge Lorenzo
99Jorge Lorenzo
3rd / +3.508 / 20 laps
“This race was very difficult. It was probably the hottest race in Malaysia in the whole 12 years that I have competed. I made a good start and was very brave on the first lap. I pushed at the maximum for the first seven to ten laps, but little by little trying to get the bike stopped was getting worse and worse. Valentino was really fast and during the second part of the race he was able to keep the same pace that I had at the beginning. It was very difficult to ride and fight. I wasn’t as fit as in Silverstone or Misano. These three weeks outside of Europe I’ve not trained hard enough, so I wasn’t as quick.”

Massimo Meregalli
Massimo Meregalli
“It’s been almost a perfect day, we finished the triple header overseas races with a brilliant result and again have both riders on the podium. Vale rode a superb race and Jorge also was very strong. Their performances were especially impressive considering the incredibly hot conditions. We were able to see in warm up that the pace and speed were good so we thought we could get a great result. Unfortunately we didn't win but we have six podiums in three races and two wins, we can’t ask for much more. We go home satisfied with our efforts and look forward to finishing the season on a high note with a great race in Valencia. We have to thank all our staff, three overseas races in a row is tough and everyone worked very hard and never gave up.”

The extended imagery from today's Race at the Sepang International Circuit (Sepang, Malaysia) is available on
1.Marc Marquez (SPA)Repsol Honda Team 40'45.523
2.Valentino Rossi (ITA)Movistar Yamaha MotoGP+ 2.445
3.Jorge Lorenzo (SPA)Movistar Yamaha MotoGP+ 3.508
4.Stefan Bradl (GER)LCR Honda MotoGP+ 21.234
5.Bradley Smith (GBR)Monster Yamaha Tech3+ 22.283
6.Pol Espargarò (SPA)Monster Yamaha Tech3+ 34.668
7.Yonny Hernandez (COL)Energy T.I. Pramac Racing+ 38.435
8.Andrea Dovizioso (ITA)Ducati Team+ 48.839
9.Hector Barbera (SPA)Avintia Racing+ 50.792
10.Scott Redding (GBR)Go&Fun Honda Gresini+ 59.088
11.Hiroshi Aoyama (JPN)Drive M7 Aspar+ 1'15.949
12.Michael Laverty (GBR)Paul Bird Motorsport+ 1'17.966
13.Mike Di Meglio (FRA)Avintia Racing+ 1'27.773
14.Brok Parkes (AUS)Paul Bird Motorsport+ 1'44.244
15.Alex De Angelis (RSM)NGM Forward RacingNot classified (1 laps)
16.Danilo Petrucci (ITA)Octo IodaRacing TeamNot classified (6 laps)
17.Dani Pedrosa (SPA)Repsol Honda TeamNot classified (8 laps)
18.Karel Abraham (CZE)Cardion AB MotoracingNot classified (9 laps)
19.Nicky Hayden (USA)Drive M7 AsparNot classified (14 laps)
20.Cal Crutchlow (GBR)Ducati TeamNot classified (16 laps)
21.Aleix Espargaro (SPA)NGM Forward RacingNot classified (19 laps)
22.Alvaro Bautista (SPA)Go&Fun Honda GresiniNot classified (19 laps)
1.Marc Marquez (SPA)Repsol Honda Team 337
2.Valentino Rossi (ITA)Movistar Yamaha MotoGP 275
3.Jorge Lorenzo (SPA)Movistar Yamaha MotoGP 263
4.Dani Pedrosa (SPA)Repsol Honda Team 230
5.Andrea Dovizioso (ITA)Ducati Team 174
6.Pol Espargarò (SPA)Monster Yamaha Tech3 126
7.Bradley Smith (GBR)Monster Yamaha Tech3 119
8.Aleix Espargaro (SPA)NGM Forward Racing 117
9.Stefan Bradl (GER)LCR Honda MotoGP 109
10.Andrea Iannone (ITA)Pramac Racing 102
11.Alvaro Bautista (SPA)Go&Fun Honda Gresini 89
12.Scott Redding (GBR)Go&Fun Honda Gresini 76
13.Hiroshi Aoyama (JPN)Drive M7 Aspar 67
14.Cal Crutchlow (GBR)Ducati Team 63
15.Yonny Hernandez (COL)Energy T.I. Pramac Racing 53
16.Nicky Hayden (USA)Drive M7 Aspar 43
17.Karel Abraham (CZE)Cardion AB Motoracing 33
18.Hector Barbera (SPA)Avintia Racing 21
19.Alex De Angelis (RSM)NGM Forward Racing 14
20.Danilo Petrucci (ITA)Octo IodaRacing Team 13
21.Michele Pirro (ITA)Ducati Team 11
22.Colin Edwards (USA)NGM Forward Racing 11
23.Michael Laverty (GBR)Paul Bird Motorsport 9
24.Mike Di Meglio (FRA)Avintia Racing 9
25.Brok Parkes (AUS)Paul Bird Motorsport 9
26.Katsuyuki Nakasuga (JPN)YAMALUBE Racing Team with YSP 4
27.Leon Camier (GBR)Drive M7 Aspar 1
Technical Informations
LocationSepang, Malaysia
Length (m)5548
Width (m)25
Turns righ10
Turns left5
Pole positionleft
Grand Prix of Malaysia
Record Lap
Time 2'01.415
Best Lap
Time 1'59.791
2013 Results
1st D.Pedrosa (Honda): 40'45"191
2ndM.Marquez (Honda): +2.757
3rdJ.Lorenzo (Yamaha): +6.669
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