Get breaking news alerts from myKhel

MotoGP analysis: How Marquez bounced back in Malaysia

Marc Marquez

Bengaluru, November 5: Marc Marquez of Repsol Honda claimed his 70th career win after taking victory at the Malaysian MotoGP where the newly-crowned FIM MotoGP world champion looked set to lock horns with Movistar Yamaha's nine-time champion Valentino Rossi in the final stages, before the race ended in disaster for 'The Doctor' as he crashed out with four to go.

Alex Rins (Team Suzuki Ecstar) and Johann Zarco (Monster Yamaha Tech 3) completed the podium at Sepang International Circuit, the latter from pole, and home hero Hafizh Syahrin (Monster Yamaha Tech 3) stormed from the back of the grid to the top ten in a race to remember in Malaysia.

Stellar launch

Stellar launch

When the lights went out it was Rossi who got a stellar launch from P2, with pole man Zarco slightly sluggish off the line and ‘The Doctor' getting a comfortable holeshot ahead of the the Frenchman, who managed to brake late to slot into P2.

Jack Miller (Alma Pramac Racing) was able to leapfrog Andrea Iannone (Team Suzuki Ecstar) into P3 at the start, with Marquez making up one position into P6.

Opening lap

Opening lap

The premier class riders then settled, but this came after Marquez and team-mate Dani Pedrosa (Repsol Honda Team) exchanged paint on the opening lap.

The 2018 champion would soon start to make his way forward though, despite a hairy last corner moment at the end of the opening lap that led to Iannone crashing out directly behind the seven-time champion.

Slicing through

Slicing through

Back at the front, Rossi and Zarco were off as Yamaha had a 1-2 in the opening exchanges, but Marquez hunted them down after making his way past Miller.

The Honda rider was on the exhaust of Zarco's M1 machine and soon enough he managed to slice his way through.

Lonely ride

Lonely ride

With five laps to go, the gap between Rossi and Marquez was just 0.7, as the stage was set for a grandstand finish between two of the sport's all-time greats.

But then, disaster struck ‘The Doctor'. A return to victory after 26 races went begging as he lost the front of his YZR-M1 at Turn 1 with four laps to go and he picked up his stricken Yamaha in front of the Rossi grandstand, leaving Marquez with a lonely ride home to the win.

A scorching encounter in Sepang ended with Marquez on top once more, with Rossi left to ponder on what could have been. Valencia in a couple of weeks' time brings to 2018 FIM MotoGP World Championship to a close.

(With special arrangement from Dorna Sports).

For Quick Alerts
ALLOW NOTIFICATIONS
For Daily Alerts

    Story first published: Monday, November 5, 2018, 11:15 [IST]
    Other articles published on Nov 5, 2018
    POLLS
    We use cookies to ensure that we give you the best experience on our website. This includes cookies from third party social media websites and ad networks. Such third party cookies may track your use on Mykhel sites for better rendering. Our partners use cookies to ensure we show you advertising that is relevant to you. If you continue without changing your settings, we'll assume that you are happy to receive all cookies on Mykhel website. However, you can change your cookie settings at any time. Learn more