Repsol Honda Team duo soldier on despite Sepang hardships

Repsol Honda Team duo soldier on despite Sepang hardships

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Malaysia,13th November 2023: A complicated Q1 locked both Repsol Honda Team riders into a race of recovery, from 16th and 20th respectively Joan Mir and Marc Marquez made early progress but had their march forward halted by crashes.

Saturday in Sepang was another day of complications for the Repsol Honda Team, both Marc Marquez and Joan Mir forging ahead despite the hardships. Having to contest Q1, it was a busy start to the day for the pair of Honda RC213V riders who worked on their final setup changes in the morning. Mir was able to put in a respectable time, his 1’58.440 would have been good enough to contest the front row here in 2022. Marquez suffered a fall on his final flying lap and took 20th position on the grid.

Immediately shooting forward, the #93 made up seven places on the first lap of the Sprint. Hungry for more, he attempted to keep his pace up but a small crash at Turn 14 ended his charge. With the spirit of a champion, Marquez remounted and finished the 10-lap Sprint to gather as much information as possible for Sunday’s Grand Prix.

Mir yet again made positive progress when the Sprint began and advanced several positions in the opening corners. Settling into his rhythm, he was able to make steady progress forward in the following laps. Coming off at Turn 15 just a lap after his teammate, the #36 jumped to his feet, picked up his Repsol Honda Team RC213V and rejoined to finish the Sprint.

The Repsol Honda Team will be aiming for better fortunes when the lights go out on the 20-lap Grand Prix at 15:00 Local Time on Sunday, November 12.

Marc Marquez (21st)

“This is a difficult weekend, our pace has not been too bad but we made a big mistake during Qualifying practice and starting down in 20th is a big battle. In the Sprint race I started really well in the first two laps and made up a lot of positions, but when you push like this you overheat the tyres and I lost the front. We got back up and finished the race, getting the information for the team which is necessary for tomorrow. Finishing 21st or 15th in the Sprint doesn’t really change much. We go again tomorrow.”

Joan Mir (23rd)

“An intense day with the conditions and what we had to do. I was able to keep improving my feeling throughout the day and our times weren’t too bad as we went into Q1. If we did this time last year we would have been on the front row I think! But we still need to find more speed in Qualifying. Again, starting where we did made the race a bit complicated and falling at the last corner was not ideal. We got back on and finished the race to get as much information as possible for Sunday.”

Malaysian GP – Sprint Race

Pos. Rider Num Nation Points Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 MARQUEZ ALEX 73 SPA 12 Team Gresini Racing MotoGP Ducati 19’58.713
2 MARTIN JORGE 89 SPA 9 Pramac Racing Ducati 1.589
3 BAGNAIA FRANCESCO 1 ITA 7 Ducati Lenovo Team Ducati 3.034
4 BASTIANINI ENEA 23 ITA 6 Ducati Lenovo Team Ducati 3.242
5 BINDER BRAD 33 RSA 5 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 3.310
6 MILLER JACK 43 AUS 4 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 4.318
7 BEZZECCHI MARCO 72 ITA 3 Mooney VR46 Racing Team Ducati 5.307
8 ZARCO JOHANN 5 FRA 2 Pramac Racing Ducati 5.501
9 MARINI LUCA 10 ITA 1 Mooney VR46 Racing Team Ducati 6.420
10 VINALES MAVERICK 12 SPA 0 Aprilia Racing Aprilia 7.241
11 MORBIDELLI FRANCO 21 ITA 0 Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 8.775
12 ESPARGARO ALEIX 41 SPA 0 Aprilia Racing Aprilia 9.995
13 DI GIANNANTONIO FABIO 49 ITA 0 Team Gresini Racing MotoGP Ducati 10.067
14 FERNANDEZ AUGUSTO 37 SPA 0 Tech3 GASGAS Factory Racing KTM 10.643
15 ESPARGARO POL 44 SPA 0 Tech3 GASGAS Factory Racing KTM 11.005
16 QUARTARARO FABIO 20 FRA 0 Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 11.911
17 FERNANDEZ RAUL 25 SPA 0 RNF MotoGP Team Aprilia 13.591
18 OLIVEIRA MIGUEL 88 POR 0 RNF MotoGP Team Aprilia 15.058
19 NAKAGAMI TAKAAKI 30 JPN 0 LCR Honda Honda 16.015
20 LECUONA IKER 27 SPA 0 LCR Honda Honda 23.484
21 MARQUEZ MARC 93 SPA 0 Repsol Honda Team Honda 24.930
22 BAUTISTA ALVARO 19 SPA 0 Ducati Test Team Ducati 36.501
23 MIR JOAN 36 SPA 0 Repsol Honda Team Honda 40.594

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rider standings

Pos. Rider Num Nation Points Team Constructor
1 BAGNAIA FRANCESCO 1 ITA 396 Ducati Lenovo Team Ducati
2 MARTIN JORGE 89 SPA 385 Pramac Racing Ducati
3 BEZZECCHI MARCO 72 ITA 313 Mooney VR46 Racing Team Ducati
4 BINDER BRAD 33

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