Building on Momentum: <b>The Malaysian MotoGP </b>

Building on Momentum: The Malaysian MotoGP

Another tease from overseas as we prepare for the last round of the fly-aways before the series returns to Europe for the final race. MotoGP gets ready for Malaysia at the Sepang International Circuit.
11-01-2018
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About Sepang

Built in only 14 months, the Sepang International Circuit hosts its 20th GP this year. Traditionally accompanied by heat and humidity, the conditions prove especially difficult with the Malaysian GP being the last of a hattrick of back-to-back races. High speed corners and two long straights allow the GP bikes to stretch their legs up to 340 km/h on the track, known for its many overtaking possibilities.

Sepang Track
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Last year, both Álvaro and Danilo managed to improve on their grid positions, Álvaro turning P15 on the grid into P11 at the finish while Danilo went from 13th to 6th. Both riders look back at the Australian GP differently, Álvaro taking the factory Ducati to an impressive 4th while Danilo found himself in the gravel due to a technical issue after taking the holeshot, coming back to a strong 12th position despite hoping for more.

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Bautista & Petrucci at Sepang 1
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Petrucci at Sepang 1
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#9 Danilo Petrucci

AUstralia RESULT: P12

“It’s really a shame. I felt like I had a great feeling right from the warm-up. I went on track very focused and made my best start in my career. Unfortunately, at turn two, I had a problem with the clutch. I am really sorry but these are the races: sometimes it’s the rider who makes a mistake, other times, it’s the bike that betrays you. We’ll try again in Sepang.”

Petrucci ready for Sepang

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#19 Álvaro Bautista
AUSTRALIA RESULT: P4

“We go to Malaysia with even higher spirits, if that’s even possible because this trip is turning out to be really positive. We are on an upward curve, constantly improving. Sepang is one of my favorite tracks, it has a bit of everything and the objective, as always, will be to have some good practice sessions, work well with the bike and look for a place in Q2. We have seen that if we can start with the front guys, we can run with them, so qualifying is very important. Then we can aim for a top ten, which is what we can achieve with the material we have.”

Bautista ready for Sepang
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A best of 17th in the 17th round for RW Racing’s Steven Odendaal, with teammate and fellow REV’IT! Rider, Joe Roberts, close behind in 18th. Not the result they were hoping for with their eyes set on the points throughout the weekend. But mixed conditions and some traffic on track on race day meant they couldn’t show their full potential. Now it’s onto Malaysia, with new improvements that up the overall performance of the bike, enabling them to start as strong as possible.


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#16 Joe Roberts
AUSTRALIA RESULT: P18

“Today wasn’t ideal as I made a couple of mistakes in the race, going wide in some corners where I lost the contact with the group ahead of me. This was a bit unfortunate because we had a really good pace and therefore, I felt I could have gone with the guys in the front. But anyway, that’s racing and you make mistakes sometimes. Overall, we had a not-so-bad weekend here at this nice place so, we will take it to Sepang and have a better one there.”

Roberts ready for Sepang

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#4 Steven Odendaal
AUSTRALIA RESULT: P17

“It was definitely one of our most competitive races this season so far, finishing just 15 seconds off the front. It’s just a pity that I couldn’t get past one or two guys in the beginning because I think I could have gone with the group. Apart from that, it was quite a nice race. I was quite happy with the bike’s setup and this shows that we’re making steps forward, specially at flowing tracks like here.”

Odendaal ready for Sepang
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Our Moto3 youngster, Jaume Masiá, who just turned 18, didn’t leave Australia according to plan. Starting 19th on the grid, he was working his way to the front up to P6 before disaster struck with a rider crashing in front of him, where he was unable to avoid the wreck. Despite the injury caused, Jaume is ready to race in Malaysia.


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#5 Jaume Masiá
AUSTRALIA RESULT: DNF

“I was very unfortunate in the race. Until the crash, things were going well and I was confident I could get a good result in Australia fighting at the front. However, these things happen and I am happy that I can race in Malaysia. I don’t feel 100% yet, but I will do my best to put in a good performance for the race.”

Masiá ready for Sepang

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