Marc Marquez takes points in the #MalaysianGP – DNF for Joan Mir
The eighteenth and antepenultimate round of the MotoGP season took place at the Sepang International Circuit in Malaysia.
Marc Márquez had experienced difficulties throughout the weekend, ending Friday and Saturday lower down the order than expected. On Sunday, the Repsol Honda Team rider managed to make up seven positions and crossed the finish line thirteenth, earning 3 points.
Joan Mir was not able to end the Grand Prix in the same way as his teammate. The Repsol Honda Team rider, who started sixteenth on the grid, suffered a crash at Turn 4 of Lap 5 when battling with Márquez, which took him out of the race.
There are only two Grands Prix remaining this season, and this coming week sees the penultimate round of the year at the Losail International Circuit in Qatar.
“It has been a difficult Sunday to end a complicated weekend, really it all came from Qualifying on Saturday. From 20th is always difficult and my feeling with the bike was similar to what it was in the Sprint race. Yesterday I pushed and crashed, today I managed everything and was able to at least get some points. We have another tough race coming up in Qatar where we can try and improve our situation and results. Let’s keep on going and get ready for the next one.”
“The summary of our weekend is that I am still working, I am still pushing, and I am not giving up – that’s why I crashed. Today I was able to be close to Marc and fight with him for a bit but the pressure with the front tyre was very high. We gain under braking but in the hot conditions like Malaysia you have to manage everything. It’s nice to fight with Marc, in another year that would have been fighting for the podium! We try again in one week.”