Josh Whatley 23rd and a DNF for Scott Ogden in the #MalaysianGP
The penultimate round of the MotoGP calendar was held at the Sepang International Circuit in Malaysia. The hotter weather provided a welcome change after the cooler conditions last week in Australia.
The team also welcomed Syarifuddin Azman back to the fold for a second wildcard appearance.
The qualifying session went well for Azman, he qualified in 21st place ahead of the race in front of his home fans. Scott Ogden had a more difficult session and qualified in 30th position. Josh Whatley had exceeded his maximum engine allowance for the season and had to use a 7th engine. This meant that he would start the race from pit lane as a penalty.
Azman battled hard in the hot and sticky conditions to cross the line in 16th position, narrowly missing out on a Grand Prix point scoring finish. Ogden crashed out early on in the race, he hurt his toe and will under go more medical checks when he returns to England but he hopes to ride at the final round in Valencia. Starting the race from pit lane meant that it was a lonely race for Whatley but he pushed himself all the way to the flag, crossing the line in 23rd position.
“I really enjoyed riding in Malaysia, the track was so much fun to ride. I’m hoping to be fit again for Valencia next weekend as I know I can be strong there.”
“It was an incredibly tough and lonely race but it felt like the ultimate training session. The fly away races have been a lot of fun but I’m definitely looking forward to going back to a track that I know really well in two weeks time.”