Bridgestone: Sepang success makes it twelve wins for Marquez in 2014

Marc Marquez set a new Sepang Circuit Record Lap time!

Repsol Honda’s Marc Marquez equalled Mick Doohan’s premier-class record of twelve wins in one season after the newly-crowned MotoGP champion won a gruelling battle in sweltering conditions at Sepang International Circuit.

After smashing the outright lap record yesterday during qualifying, Marquez set a new Sepang Circuit Record Lap time of 2’01.150 on lap two as he battled with the Movistar Yamaha MotoGP duo of Valentino Rossi and Jorge Lorenzo at the front of the field.

This was one of the toughest races of the year for me physically...

Marc Marquez

Lorenzo led for the opening nine laps of the race before being passed in quick succession by first Rossi and then Marquez, but the 2014 World Champion seized the race lead just a couple of laps later. Marquez ultimately won the race 2.445 seconds ahead of Rossi, while Lorenzo crossed the finish line in third place a further second behind.

Conditions at Sepang were once again extremely hot today, with a peak track temperature of 55°C during the race making today’s contest the warmest Malaysian Grand Prix in the past few years. Front tyre choice for the race saw fourteen of the twenty-two starters select the medium compound front slick, with the remaining eight riders opting for the hard compound front slick.

For the rear tyre, thirteen riders – including all Factory Ducati, Honda and Yamaha riders selected the medium compound rear slick and nine riders selected the soft compound rear which was only available to the Ducati and Open-class riders at Sepang.

With just one round remaining, Marquez’s twelfth win of the season sees his points total swell to 337 points, while Rossi’s second place at Sepang sees his lead in the championship standings over teammate Lorenzo grow to twelve points.

Hiroshi Yamada – Manager, Bridgestone Motorsport Department: “Congratulations to Marc and Honda on their return to the top step of the podium, for Marc to equal the record for most wins in a season with another legend of the sport in Mick Doohan is testament to what a fantastic season he has had. I have to commend all the riders today as it was very hot, even for Sepang, and racing in such conditions must’ve been extremely tough on them. We saw a record crowd at Sepang today and it is encouraging to see that more and more fans are embracing MotoGP in this part of the world, and I hope that we see another big crowd at Valencia for the final race of the season in two weeks’ time.”

Masao Azuma – Chief Engineer, Bridgestone Motorcycle Tyre Development Department: “This year’s Malaysian Grand Prix was extremely demanding on the riders, their bikes and our tyres, so it was pleasing to see such quick lap times and consistent performance over race distance. As the riders got to perform long runs in similar conditions yesterday afternoon, tyre choice for today’s race was very close to what was used during FP4. Despite the tough conditions, new qualifying and race lap records were set this weekend which reflects well on the tyre specifications we provided at Sepang this year.”

Marc Marquez, Repsol Honda – Race winner: ““This was one of the toughest races of the year for me physically and I'm happy to have equalled Mick Doohan’s record. It was especially hot today and we all found it hard to finish the race, but I'm happy with how I handled the race, because I made a small mistake at the first corner but I was able to come back to the front and stay there. I started to attack with 10 laps remaining and I could finish strong. I will now try for one more victory at Valencia.”

Malaysian MotoGP™ Top 10 Race Classification

Pos
Rider
Team
Race Time
Gap
1
Marc MARQUEZ
Repsol Honda Team
40'45.523
 
2
Valentino ROSSI
Movistar Yamaha MotoGP
40'47.968
2.445
3
Jorge LORENZO
Movistar Yamaha MotoGP
40'49.031
3.508
4
Stefan BRADL
LCR Honda MotoGP
41'06.757
21.234
5
Bradley SMITH
Monster Yamaha Tech 3
41'07.806
22.283
6
Pol ESPARGARO
Monster Yamaha Tech 3
41'20.191
34.668
7
Yonny HERNANDEZ
Energy T.I. Pramac Racing
41'23.958
38.435
8
Andrea DOVIZIOSO
Ducati Team
41'34.362
48.839
9
Hector BARBERA
Avintia Racing
41'36.315
50.792
10
Scott REDDING
GO&FUN Honda Gresini
41'44.611
59.088
 

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Series MotoGP
Event Malaysian GP
Sub-event Sunday post-race
Track Sepang International Circuit
Drivers Valentino Rossi , Mick Doohan , Jorge Lorenzo , Masao Azuma , Marc Marquez
Teams Pramac Racing , Ducati Team , Repsol Honda Team , Tech 3 , Avintia Racing
Article type Race report
Tags honda, yamaha