Saturday, October 25, 2014

Repsol Honda's Marquez Wins 50th Career Pole, Pedrosa 2nd in MotoGP Qualifying at Sepang

Press Release

Shell Advance Malaysian Motorcycle Grand Prix

Round 17 - Saturday, October 25th 2014

  Malaysia - Qualifying Report

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sunny 35°C
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Marquez takes 50th career pole and new Sepang record with Dani in second

Marquez takes 50th career pole and new Sepang record with Dani in second

Repsol Honda’s Marc Marquez and Dani Pedrosa have qualified first and second for tomorrow’s Malaysian GP, their fourth 1-2 of the 2014 season. They were the only riders to set a time under 2’00 minutes and both riders smashed Marc’s pole record from 2013 (2’00.011) with Marc’s time of 1’59.791 sending him to the top of the time sheets and Dani just 0.182 behind him with 1’59.973.
It’s been a searingly hot day in Malaysia, with track temperatures reaching 56ºC. Dani, fastest yesterday and in this morning’s FP3, found a good setup for qualifying and has put himself in a prime position to challenge for victory tomorrow, and importantly ahead of Lorenzo (3rd) and Rossi (6th) in his fight for second place in the World Championship.
Marc was able to put his small FP4 crash behind him and claim his 50th career pole (14 in 125cc, 14 in Moto2, 22 in MotoGP) and his thirteenth of 2014 which is a new record for pole positions in a season in the premier-class, bettering the record held by fellow Repsol Honda riders Mick Doohan (12 in 1997) and Casey Stoner (12 in 2011).
Tomorrow Dani will become the tenth rider to reach the milestone of 150 starts in the premier-class of Grand Prix racing and Honda will be looking to add the Constructor’s Title to the Rider’s Title they won in Japan. With a 45 point lead over their closest rivals, a finish from any Honda rider in the top eleven is enough to clinch the crown for Honda. The Repsol Honda Team are also able to win the Team’s Title tomorrow, with Marc or Dani needing to outscore Lorenzo or Rossi by five points. The race will begin at 16h00 local time.
Team Quotes
Marc Marquez profile image
Marc Marquez
1st - 1'59.791
“I am very happy to have taken pole position, because the temperature out on track was very high and it was difficult to do such a good lap! The time was very good - better than I had expected - so I am delighted with how things went today. Let's hope that tomorrow's race is dry, but Dani looks to be a very strong candidate for the win; he has a great pace and we hope to be ready to fight with him from the opening lap! I'm also happy to have broken the record. Maybe pole positions are somewhat insignificant because they don't give you any points, but you achieve them by being the fastest rider over a single lap. That doesn't mean that you will be the fastest in the race, of course, so the most important thing is what happens tomorrow.”
Dani Pedrosa profile image
Dani Pedrosa
2nd - 1'59.973
“It was a good qualifying session. The times that were being put in were amazing, because in this heat the bikes don't normally go that fast and the tyres don't tend to have so much grip. We will try to have a good race, because the last two have not been great for us. We have a strong desire to take a good result, and we also need one if we want to finish runners-up in the Championship, but the first thing that we have to do is push 100% tomorrow regardless whether it rains or shines!”

qualifying results

  Shell Advance Malaysian Motorcycle Grand Prix - Round 17
1Marc Marquez93ESPRepsol Honda TeamHONDA1'59.791
2Dani Pedrosa26ESPRepsol Honda TeamHONDA1'59.973
3Jorge Lorenzo99ESPMovistar Yamaha MotoGPYAMAHA2'00.203
4Stefan Bradl6GERLCR Honda MotoGPHONDA2'00.472
5Andrea Dovizioso4ITADucati TeamDUCATI2'00.703
6Valentino Rossi46ITAMovistar Yamaha MotoGPYAMAHA2'00.740
7Aleix Espargaro41ESPNGM Mobile Forward RacingYAMAHA2'00.801
8Cal Crutchlow35GBRDucati TeamDUCATI2'01.119
9Bradley Smith38GBRMonster Yamaha Tech 3YAMAHA2'01.263
10Alvaro Bautista19ESPGo & Fun Honda GresiniHONDA2'02.294
11Hiroshi Aoyama7JPNDrive M7 AsparHONDA2'10.568
12Pol Espargaro44ESPMonster Yamaha Tech 3YAMAHA2'01.885
13Yonny Hernandez68COLPramac RacingDUCATI2'02.184
14Nicky Hayden69USADrive M7 AsparHONDA2'02.330
15Karel Abraham17CZECardion AB MotoracingHONDA2'02.548
16Hector Barbera8ESPAvintia Racing MotoGPFTR-KAWASAKI2'02.682
17Scott Redding45GBRGo & Fun Honda GresiniHONDA2'02.874
18Alex De Angelis15RSMNGM Mobile Forward RacingYAMAHA2'03.165
19Danilo Petrucci9ITAIodaRacing ProjectIODA-SUTER2'03.874
20Michael Laverty70GBRPaul Bird MotorsportART & PBM2'04.539
21Mike Di Meglio63FRAAvintia Racing MotoGPFTR-KAWASAKI2'04.784
22Broc Parkes23AUSPaul Bird MotorsportPBM2'05.208
23Andrea Iannone29ITAPramac RacingDUCATI2'02.597

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Circuit Information

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Length5.548 m / 3.447 miles
Left corners5
Right corners10
Longest straight920 m / 0.572 miles
Sepang International Circuit Sdn. Bhd.
Jalan Pekeliling
64000 KLIA
Selangor Darul Ehsan
Pole Position1m 59.791 (166.5km/h) Marc Marquez (Honda, 2014)
Race lap2m 01.415s (164.5km/h) Marc Marquez (Honda, 2013)
Race time40m 45.191s (163.3 km/h) Dani Pedrosa (Honda, 2013)
2012 Race WinnerDani Pedrosa (Honda)
2013 Race WinnerDani Pedrosa (Honda)
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3-15-1, Senzui, Asaka-shi, Saitama-Pref., 351-0024 Japan

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