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Vinales wins Malaysian MotoGP

Ahead of charging Marquez
Sunday, November 3, 2019


Maverick Vinales
Maverick Vinales

Yamaha rider Maverick Vinales staved off MotoGP world champion Marc Marquez’s spectacular charge to win the Malaysian Grand Prix for his second win of the 2019 season at the Sepang International Circuit on Sunday.

A week after crashing out in the final lap at Phillip Island to allow Marquez win the season’s penultimate race in Australia, Vinales built an early lead and raced clear of his fellow Spaniard, who finished second after starting 11th following a crash in Q2 qualifying.

Ducati’s Andrea Dovizioso finished third, denying Yamaha’s Valentino Rossi a podium place.

Yamaha’s Fabio Quartararo finished a disappointing seventh, failing to reproduce the speed which earned him pole position on Saturday.

Vinales did exactly what he had planned yesterday. He had a good start, hung on in second place through the first corners and soon battled his way to the front. Once he hit the number-one spot, the Spaniard was off and gradually built a solid lead of 1.5s.

The number-12 rider's campaign was all about focus. Riding on his own in the hot and humid Sepang conditions, he had to remain fully concentrated as he set the pace and managed the gap to Marc Marquez in second place. Vinales didn't put a foot wrong all race and took a text-book victory, with a 3.059s advantage over second.

The Yamaha rider dedicated the win to the late Indonesian rider Afridza Munandar, who was his favorite in the Idemitsu Asia Talent Cup. Yamaha once again extend their sincere condolences to the family, friends, and loved ones of Munandar.

Marquez continued to break records in Sepang, his 395 points after finishing second becomes the highest points scored in a single MotoGP season. 

After the unfortunate death of Idemitsu Asia Talent Cup rider Afridza Munandar on Saturday, the MotoGP Championship rallied together to remember him with fantastic racing at the Sepang International Circuit.

Marquez hunts down Vinales
Marquez hunts down Vinales

There was no stopping Marc Marquez who bounced back from his biggest crash of the year to put in a champion’s performance. Lightning off the line, the 55-time MotoGP race winner gained six positions in the first two corners alone and ended the first lap in second place.

With nine places gained, the reigning World Champion settled in behind Jack Miller for a short while. After muscling past the Australian, Marquez began to work on closing the 1.6 second gap to Vinales.

With the gap not reducing after several laps in the 1m59s, Marquez eased his pace to take a well-earned second place in the blazing Malaysian heat. Returning to Europe with 395 points, Marquez now holds the record for most points scored in a single season and passes Jorge Lorenzo’s record of 383 World Championship points from 2010.

The result in Malaysia also earns Marquez the honor of being the first rider in history to score 17 MotoGP class podium finishes in a single season, extending his unbroken run of top-two finishes to 15. Marquez’s last finish outside of the top two came at the Czech GP in 2018 when he was third.

Maverick Vinales, 1st

“It was an incredible race. We prepared for the race really well all weekend. I felt I had a big potential after the first lap. I took the lead after the first two splits and I kept pushing, pushing, and pushing. Honestly, I'm so happy. We did a good job. What a shame in Australia, because that was a race where I felt I had a lot of potential too, but being in first place here is amazing. I would like to dedicate this race to Munandar, the kid that passed away yesterday. He was my favorite in the Idemitsu Asia Talent Cup. I offer my condolences to all the family.”

Malaysian Grand Prix Race Results

1VINALES Maverick12SPA25Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGPYamaha0.000s
2MARQUEZ Marc93SPA20Repsol Honda TeamHonda3.059
3DOVIZIOSO Andrea4ITA16Ducati TeamDucati5.611
4ROSSI Valentino46ITA13Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGPYamaha5.965
5RINS Alex42SPA11Team Suzuki EcstarSuzuki6.350
6MORBIDELLI Franco21ITA10Petronas Yamaha SRTYamaha9.993
7QUARTARARO Fabio20FRA9Petronas Yamaha SRTYamaha12.864
8MILLER Jack43AUS8Pramac RacingDucati17.252
9PETRUCCI Danilo9ITA7Ducati TeamDucati19.773
10MIR Joan36SPA6Team Suzuki EcstarSuzuki22.854
11ESPARGARO Pol44SPA5Red Bull KTM Factory RacingKTM24.821
12BAGNAIA Francesco63ITA4Pramac RacingDucati30.251
13ESPARGARO Aleix41SPA3Aprilia Racing Team GresiniAprilia30.447
14LORENZO Jorge99SPA2Repsol Honda TeamHonda34.215
15KALLIO Mika82FIN1Red Bull KTM Factory RacingKTM34.461
16SYAHRIN Hafizh55MAL0Red Bull KTM Tech 3KTM44.319
17ABRAHAM Karel17CZE0Reale Avintia RacingDucati47.343
18ZARCO Johann5FRA0LCR HondaHondaDNF
20IANNONE Andrea29ITA0Aprilia Racing Team GresiniApriliaDNF

Rider Standings

1MARQUEZ Marc93SPA395Repsol Honda TeamHonda
2DOVIZIOSO Andrea4ITA256Ducati TeamDucati
3VINALES Maverick12SPA201Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGPYamaha
4RINS Alex42SPA194Team Suzuki EcstarSuzuki
5PETRUCCI Danilo9ITA176Ducati TeamDucati
6QUARTARARO Fabio20FRA172Petronas Yamaha SRTYamaha
7ROSSI Valentino46ITA166Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGPYamaha
8MILLER Jack43AUS149Pramac RacingDucati
9CRUTCHLOW Cal35GBR133LCR HondaHonda
10MORBIDELLI Franco21ITA115Petronas Yamaha SRTYamaha
11ESPARGARO Pol44SPA94Red Bull KTM Factory RacingKTM
12MIR Joan36SPA83Team Suzuki EcstarSuzuki
13NAKAGAMI Takaaki30JPN74LCR HondaHonda
14ESPARGARO Aleix41SPA56Aprilia Racing Team GresiniAprilia
15BAGNAIA Francesco63ITA54Pramac RacingDucati
16IANNONE Andrea29ITA43Aprilia Racing Team GresiniAprilia
17OLIVEIRA Miguel88POR33Red Bull KTM Tech 3KTM
18ZARCO Johann5FRA30LCR HondaHonda
19LORENZO Jorge99SPA25Repsol Honda TeamHonda
20RABAT Tito53SPA18Reale Avintia RacingDucati
21BRADL Stefan6GER16Repsol Honda TeamHonda
22PIRRO Michele51ITA9Ducati TeamDucati
23SYAHRIN Hafizh55MAL8Red Bull KTM Tech 3KTM
24GUINTOLI Sylvain50FRA7Team Suzuki EcstarSuzuki
25ABRAHAM Karel17CZE7Reale Avintia RacingDucati
26KALLIO Mika82FIN3Red Bull KTM Factory RacingKTM

Team Standings

1Ducati Team432
2Repsol Honda Team430
3Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP367
4Petronas Yamaha SRT287
5Team Suzuki Ecstar281
6LCR Honda210
7Pramac Racing203
8Red Bull KTM Factory Racing124
9Aprilia Racing Team Gresini99
10Red Bull KTM Tech 341
11Reale Avintia Racing25
12HRC Test Team6
13Suzuki Test Team3

Constructor Standings



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