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2019 Malaysian MotoGP recap: Redemption for Viñales in Sepang

Let’s recap the 2019 Malaysian MotoGP race, a tale of redemption for the podium winners in Malaysia.

In the last race at Phillip Island, Maverick Viñales couldn’t hold off Marc Marquez and crashed out on the final lap in spectacular fashion. At Sepang on Sunday though, the factory Yamaha rider simply walked away with the Malaysian Grand Prix, winning comfortably from Marquez. 

At the same time it took less than a lap for Marquez to erase the mistakes of his qualifying session. After crashing out of Q2 playing mind games with Fabio Quartararo, the Repsol Honda rider went from 11th to 2nd by the end of lap one and that’s where he stayed. The second place was enough to vault him ahead of Jorge Lorenzo’s record for most points in a single season of 383. Marquez will leave Malaysia with 395 points. Meanwhile Lorenzo was a dismal 14th.

Andrea Dovizioso also had a blinding start. The Ducati rider blasted his way from 10th on the grid to 4th by the end of lap one, and soon scythed his way into 3rd. Dovizioso managed to hold on to the final spot on the podium despite hefty pressure from Valentino Rossi, with the Suzuki of Alex Rins fifth. 

Where’s Fabs? 

Fabio Quartararo’s qualifying pace went missing entirely in the race. After a woeful first lap the rookie sensation was mired in the bottom half of the top 10. After running wide late in the race Quartararo could only manage to finish seventh, one spot behind his teammate Franco Morbidelli. 

Cal Crash-loads  

After heroics in Q1 and Q2 Cal Cruthlow also struggled on Sunday. He was twelfth, three places behind LCR ring-in teammate Johann Zarco when he crashed with just five laps to go. Zarco himself crashed out of an impressive top 10 just two laps later when he was clattered into by an out-of-shape Joan Mir. Both Suzuki riders would have controversial collisions during the race. 

Miller in the Wars 

Anyone who doesn’t think Jack Miller was trying wasn’t paying attention. The Aussie nearly lost the front altogether twice in the first half of the race before pulling off a Marquez-esque save as the race approached half-way. 

That was nothing compared to what was coming though, as Alex Rins smashed into the side of the Aussie at turn nine on the following lap. Both riders stayed miraculously upright but Miller was clearly frustrated. Miller could only manage eighth despite running as high as third. 

Italy vs Italy 

A moment for Andrea Dovizioso at the halfway point of the race dropped him back in to the clutches of Valentino Rossi. Rossi tried at turn nine and for a few seconds was in third but ran wide and lost the spot immediately. From there the two were locked in a stalemate as any pass was immediately erased by the power of the Ducati. 

In Other News

Of note in the minor classes, Marc’s brother Alex Marquez clinched the Moto2 championship with second place aboard his Kalex. 

Thats all for our 2019 Malaysian MotoGP recap, join us for the final race of 2019 MotoGP World Championship in two weeks’ time at Valencia on November 17.

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