Yet another wet race of the season brought us the ninth race winner of the season. Andrea Dovizioso took victory in Sepang after taking the lead away from Valentino Rossi with just 5 laps to spare.
We witnessed an incredibly diverse race in Moto2 with parts of the track completely soaked and others starting to dry. It was a sign of an intense MotoGP race to follow.
The start of Malaysia MotoGP race was postponed by 20 minutes due to a heavy downpour and due to TV restrictions shortened by a lap.
Race began with one of the most frantic starts this season, as the lead group of six riders tussled around, switching positions practically by the minute.
As the championship was already decided, we could see an all-out battle with all riders going strong, not letting go even for a moment and not thinking about tactics regarding championship points.
Andrea Iannone returned strong from his back injury and was in the lead for most of the 19 lap race, exchanging blows with Rossi numerous times before being passed by his teammate Dovizioso. The Ducati rider took advantge of Rossi’s mistake and took the lead. Dovizioso was gaining time quickly and Valentino was unable to catch the fellow countryman.
Marc Marquez, Cal Crutchlow and Jorge Lorenzo were slowly starting to lose pace with the top three riders but fought their own battle in the back.
After putting up an amazing performance, Iannone sadly crashed out of the race. He was quickly followed by the Phillip Island winner and difficult condition magician Cal Crutchlow as well as the reigning world champion Marc Marquez. After the two put themselves out of the race, Jorge Lorenzo climbed back to 3rd, rounding up the Malaysian podium.
Marquez still rejoined the race and finished 11th. Suzuki riders put up a pretty mediocre performance, with Maverick Viñales finishing in 6th and his teammate Aleix Espargaro finished in 13th position.
The battle for next season Ducati GP17 bike was also decided as Scott Redding finished 15th while his teammate Danilo Petrucci just caught the top ten.
Malysia MotoGP race results:
1.Andrea DoviziosoITA Ducati Team (Desmosedici GP) 42m 27.333s
2.Valentino RossiITA Movistar Yamaha MotoGP (YZR-M1) 42m 30.448s
3.Jorge LorenzoESP Movistar Yamaha MotoGP (YZR-M1) 42m 39.257s
4.Hector BarberaESP Ducati Team (Desmosedici GP) 42m 47.249s
5.Loris BazFRA Avintia Racing (Desmosedici GP14.2) 42m 48.686s
6.Maverick ViñalesESP Team Suzuki Ecstar (GSX-RR) 42m 50.265s
7.Alvaro BautistaESP Factory Aprilia Gresini (RS-GP) 42m 53.162s
8.Jack MillerAUS Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS (RC213V) 43m 0.079s
9.Pol EspargaroESP Monster Yamaha Tech 3 (YZR-M1) 43m 1.037s
10.Danilo PetrucciITA Octo Pramac Yakhnich (Desmosedici GP15) 43m 1.613s
11.Marc MarquezESP Repsol Honda Team (RC213V) 43m 3.813s
12.Eugene LavertyIRL Aspar MotoGP Team (Desmosedici GP14.2) 43m 3.971s
13.Aleix EspargaroESP Team Suzuki Ecstar (GSX-RR) 43m 4.230s
14.Bradley SmithGBR Monster Yamaha Tech 3 (YZR-M1) 43m 12.942s
15.Scott ReddingGBR Octo Pramac Yakhnich (Desmosedici GP15) 43m 17.112s
16.Hiroshi AoyamaJPN Repsol Honda Team (RC213V) 43m 19.998s
17.Stefan BradlGER Factory Aprilia Gresini (RS-GP) 43m 20.117s
18.Tito RabatESP Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS (RC213V)* 43m 22.224s
Andrea IannoneITA Ducati Team (Desmosedici GP) DNF
Cal CrutchlowGBR LCR Honda (RC213V) DNF
Yonny HernandezCOL Aspar MotoGP Team (Desmosedici GP14.2) DNF