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Marquez again! Honda wins steamy Sepang

2014-10-26 11:14

ANOTHER RECORD FOR MARQUEZ: Winning the 2014 Sepang MotoGP put the Spanish rider on equal record footing for the most wins in one season - 12!

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SEPANG, Malaysia – Marc Marquez, already 2014 MotoGP champion, took the win, the 2014 Manufacturers’ title and the (equal) World record for races won in a season away with him from the 2014 Malaysian MotoGP here on Sunday.

His wins tally for the year is now at 12.

The Honda-riding Spaniard, who sealed his title defence in Japan two weeks earlier, had a poor start from pole and was down to sixth but clawed his way back to the front to finish nearly three seconds ahead of runner-up Valentino Rossi.

DOUBLE FALL FOR PEDROSA

Yamaha rider Jorge Lorenzo held the lead briefly early in the race but was reeled in to finish third while closing on second-placed Valentino Rossi while Honda's Dani Pedrosa was forced to retire after crashing twice, recovering to 11th before his second fall.

Marquez's win brought him equal with Australian Mick Doohan's 12-race wins from 1997 and the 21-year-old has a chance to own the record with victory in the final race at Valencia.

The win also sealed the Constructor's title for Honda, its 21st in premier class racing.

Marquez will head to Valencia on 337 points, carrying a 62-point lead over Yamaha's Italian great Rossi. Lorenzo remains third in the championship on 263 points ahead of Pedrosa.

German Stefan Bradl was fourth on a Honda, with Yamaha's Briton Bradley Smith fifth.

MOTO2 CHAMPIONSHIP

Spaniard Esteve Rabat earlier sealed the Moto2 championship with a round to spare with third behind Maverick Vinales.

Rabat takes an unassailable 37-point lead in the championship into the final round at Valencia over second-placed Finn Mika Kallio, who was runner-up at Sepang, more than two seconds behind a third Kalex rider in Vinales.

MOTO3 CHAMPIONSHIP

The Moto3 series will head into the final round at Valencia with Alex Marquez, younger brother of MotoGP champion Marc Marquez, taking an 11-point lead over Australian Jack Miller after finishing fifth at Sepang on Oct 26 2014 behind winner Efren Vazquez.

2014 Malaysian MotoGP result
1 Marc Marquez (Spain) Honda 40min45.523
2 Valentino Rossi (Italy) Yamaha 40min47.968
3 Jorge Lorenzo (Spain) Yamaha 40min49.031
4 Stefan Bradl (Germany) Honda 41min06.757
5 Bradley Smith (Britain) Yamaha 41min07.806
6 Pol Espargaro (Spain) Yamaha 41min20.191
7 Yonny Hernandez (Colombia) Ducati 41min23.958
8 Andrea Dovizioso (Italy) Ducati 41min34.362
9. Hector Barbera (Spain) Avintia 41min36.315
10 Scott Redding (Britain) Honda 41min44.611
11 Hiroshi Aoyama (Japan) Honda 42min01.472
12 Michael Laverty (Britain) PBM 42min03.489
13 Mike Di Meglio (France) Avintia 42min13.296
14 Broc Parkes (Australia) PBM 42min29.767

Standings after 2014 Malaysian MotoGP
1 Marc Marquez (Spain) Honda - 337
2 Valentino Rossi (Italy) Yamaha - 275
3 Jorge Lorenzo (Spain) Yamaha - 263
4 Dani Pedrosa (Spain) Honda - 230
5 Andrea Dovizioso (Italy) Ducati - 174
6 Pol Espargaro (Spain) Yamaha - 126
7 Bradley Smith (Britain) Yamaha - 119
8 Aleix Espargaro (Spain) Yamaha - 117
9 Stefan Bradl (Germany) Honda - 109
10 Andrea Iannone (Italy) Ducati - 102
11 Alvaro Bautista (Spain) Honda - 89
12 Scott Redding (Britain) Honda - 75
13 Hiroshi Aoyama (Japan) Honda - 67
14 Cal Crutchlow (Britain) Ducati - 63
15 Yonny Hernandez (Colombia) Ducati - 53

Rabat seals Moto2 championship

Spaniard Esteve Rabat sealed the Moto2 championship with a round to spare at the Malaysian GP meeting on Sunday (Oct 26) with a third-place finish behind winner Maverick Vinales.

Rabat takes an unassailable 37-point lead in the championship into the final round at Valencia over second-placed Finn Mika Kallio, who was runner-up at Sepang, more than two seconds behind a third Kalex rider in Vinales.

The Moto3 series will head into the final round at Valencia with Alex Marquez, younger brother of MotoGP champion Marc Marquez, taking an 11-point lead over Australian Jack Miller after finishing fifth at Sepang behind winner Efren Vazquez.

Moto2 result
1 Maverick Vinales (Spain) Kalex 40min46.754
2 Mika Kallio (Finland) Kalex 40min49.448
3 Esteve Rabat (Spain) Kalex 40min54.808
4 Johann Zarco (France) Caterham Suter 40min57.344
5 Dominique Aegerter (Switzerland) Suter 40min57.417
6 Julian Simon (Spain) Kalex 40min57.523
7 Sandro Cortese (Germany) Kalex 41min02.411
8 Thomas Luethi (Switzerland) Suter 41min05.593
9 Jonas Folger (Germany) Kalex 41min06.240
10 Marcel Schroetter (Germany) Tech 3 41min11.641
11 Luis Salom (Spain) Kalex 41min14.988
12 Ricard Cardus (Spain) Tech 3 41min17.092
13 Mattia Pasini (Italy) Forward KLX 41min17.287
14 Roberto Rolfo (Italy) Suter 41min17.302
15 Jordi Torres (Spain) Suter 41min21.523

Moto3 result
1 Efren Vazquez (Spain) Honda 40min41.002
2 Jack Miller (Australia) KTM 40min41.215
3 Alex Rins (Spain) Honda 40min41.387
4 Danny Kent (Britain) Husqvarna 40min41.805
5 Alex Marquez (Spain) Honda 40min41.833
6 Alexis Masbou (France) Honda 40min42.075
7 Niccolo Antonelli (Italy) KTM 40min42.918
8 Jakub Kornfeil (Czech Republic) KTM 40min43.091
9 Karel Hanika (Czech Republic) KTM 40min48.338
10 Enea Bastianini (Italy) KTM 40min50.522
11 Juanfran Guevara (Spain) Kalex 40min58.409
12 Jorge Navarro (Spain) Kalex 40min58.612
13 Hafiq Azmi (Malaysia) KTM 41min10.594
14 Alessandro Tonucci (Italy) Mahindra 41min10.747
15 Remy Gardner (Australia) KTM 41min18.469

Moto3 standings

1 Alex Marquez (Spain) Honda - 262
2 Jack Miller (Australia) KTM - 251
3 Alex Rins (Spain) Honda - 226
4 Efren Vazquez (Spain) Honda - 212
5 Romano Fenati (Italy) KTM - 174
6 Alexis Masbou (France) Honda - 160
7 Enea Bastianini (Italy) KTM - 122
8 Isaac Vinales (Spain) KTM - 121
9 Danny Kent (Britain) Husqvarna - 116
10 Brad Binder (South Africa) Mahindra - 102
11 Miguel Oliveira (Portugal) Mahindra - 102
12 Jakub Kornfeil (Czech Republic) KTM - 94
13 John McPhee (Britain) Honda - 77
14 Niccolo Antonelli (Italy) KTM - 59
15 Niklas Ajo (Finland) Husqvarna 52

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