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Sepang MotoGP Results

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Earlier today, Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati) became the ninth different rider to win a race this year in MotoGP (a record). A wet race at Sepang, combined with outstanding grip on the resurfaced track, allowed the riders to select aggressive rubber and carry lean angles not ordinarily seen on a wet track.

Six riders got away at the front, but three of them eventually crashed, including Cal Crutchlow (Honda), Marc Marquez (Honda) and Andrea Iannone (Ducati). The way Dovizioso rode, he probably would have won the race in any event, but the order behind him might have been different.

Coming home second and third, respectively, were Yamaha teammates Valentino Rossi and Jorge Lorenzo. Marquez has already secured this year’s championship.  Here are the race results from Sepang:

Pos. Points Num. Rider Team Bike Km/h Time/Gap
1 25 4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO Ducati Team Ducati 148.8 42’27.333
2 20 46 Valentino ROSSI Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 148.6 +3.115
3 16 99 Jorge LORENZO Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 148.1 +11.924
4 13 8 Hector BARBERA Avintia Racing Ducati 147.6 +19.916
5 11 76 Loris BAZ Avintia Racing Ducati 147.6 +21.353
6 10 25 Maverick VIÑALES Team SUZUKI ECSTAR Suzuki 147.5 +22.932
7 9 19 Alvaro BAUTISTA Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia 147.3 +25.829
8 8 43 Jack MILLER Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS Honda 146.9 +32.746
9 7 44 Pol ESPARGARO Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 146.8 +33.704
10 6 9 Danilo PETRUCCI OCTO Pramac Yakhnich Ducati 146.8 +34.280
11 5 93 Marc MARQUEZ Repsol Honda Team Honda 146.7 +36.480
12 4 50 Eugene LAVERTY Pull & Bear Aspar Team Ducati 146.7 +36.638
13 3 41 Aleix ESPARGARO Team SUZUKI ECSTAR Suzuki 146.7 +36.897
14 2 38 Bradley SMITH Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 146.2 +45.609
15 1 45 Scott REDDING OCTO Pramac Yakhnich Ducati 145.9 +49.779
16 7 Hiroshi AOYAMA Repsol Honda Team Honda 145.8 +52.665
17 6 Stefan BRADL Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia 145.8 +52.784
18 53 Tito RABAT Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS Honda 145.6 +54.891

 


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5 Comments

  1. duclvr says:

    Nice to see Dovi on the top step. Best MotoGP season in many years.

    • An entertaining season, indeed. But I admit I already can’t wait to see how things shake out at the post-season Valencia test and on to next year. Some new rules (no wings!), new teams (KTM takes racing very seriously, anyone would be unwise to doubt their commitment, this time, at least ;-), very particular Spanish riders on very particular Italian bikes (I wonder how Jorge will gel with the wet-weather-wonder Ducati), etc. Bring on 2017!

  2. Vrooom says:

    The spray coming up from the bikes early in the race had to make riding anywhere but the front incredibly challenging. Rossi’s front tire issues probably prevented him from winning, but those Ducati’s are incredibly fast exiting corners, also making Rossi’s potential victory a question mark.

    • Agreed, though everyone said the grip on the new surface was good in the wet, conditions were just plain gnarly.

      Ducatis have been special in wet conditions for some time now (look at positions 4 and 5 at Sepang). I wonder if the Duc will help exorcise Jorge’s wet-weather demons? Can’t wait to see.

  3. mickey says:

    That race was just wild. I think 5 different leaders with multiple passes in nearly the worst of conditions. These guys are amazing. Wish Iannone, Crutlow and Marquez hadn’t crashed, and Rossis tire hadn’t worn unevenly, because the last 10 laps could have been epic.

    Congrats to Dovi. Been a long time between wins for him.