Round 17: Malaysian MotoGP™ – Race
Repsol Honda Team’s Dani Pedrosa converted his record-breaking pace in qualifying into a race winning performance at today’s Malaysian Grand Prix, the Spaniard scoring his second victory from the last three races.
Extremely hot and humid temperatures over the race weekend created trying conditions for the riders
In sweltering conditions at Malaysia’s Sepang Circuit last Sunday, Repsol Honda’s Marc Marquez won his twelfth race of the 2014 season ahead of the determined Movistar Yamaha MotoGP duo of Valentino Rossi and Jorge Lorenzo who finished in second and third place respectively.
McLaren remains “the team to beat” despite the topsy-turvy outcome of the recent Malaysian grand prix.
That is the claim of reigning world champion Sebastian Vettel, having slumped to sixth in the drivers’ standings after a dire weekend in Malaysia. The formerly-dominant Red Bull driver now lags a Ferrari and even a Sauber, after Fernando Alonso and the unlikely Sergio Perez proved the cream of the slippery Sepang circuit.
Red Bull did not use KERS in Australia because it was “not necessary”, the team’s advisor Dr Helmut Marko has admitted.
Officially, the team said its decision to run without the energy-recovery technology to dominate in Melbourne was due to its system not being fully reliable. But Marko told Auto Bild in Germany: “Just look at the problems the others have had with KERS. Why should we use it if it’s not necessary?”
Motorsport Asia has already made alternative arrangements for the three affected Championships.
Motorsport Asia announced today that they recently received notification from CKMP, the Asian Festival Of Speed (AFOS) Promoter in Korea, that they are unable to proceed with the AFOS event scheduled for 8th May 2011, due to problems with the circuit owner KAVO.