Sumber imej: MotoGP
  • Penunggang bagi pasukan Ducati, Jorge Lorenzo, berjaya memecahkan rekod catatan masanya di litar tersebut bagi merangkul Petak Pertama bagi pusingan MotoGP San Marino 2018.
  • Pendahulu kejohanan, Marc Marquez telah terbabas pada awal sesi dan telah mengakhiri sesi kelayakan di posisi ke-lima.
  • Jack Miller berjaya menunggang dengan hebat sewaktu sesi berkenaan dan berjaya menduduki petak ke-dua, diikuti oleh Maverick Viñales di tempat ke-tiga.


  • Ducati Team’s Jorge Lorenzo broke his own circuit record to lock out pole position for the San Marino MotoGP.

  • Championship leader Marc Marquez crashed in the early part of the session to qualify 5th.

  • Jack Miller rode a fantastic session to grab the 2nd while Maverick Vinalez will start from 3rd.

The 2018 MotoGP Championship is back at San Marino after the upsetting cancellation of the British GP a couple of weeks ago.

With one round fewer, all riders want to do their best at this round to make up for lost points; much more at the top of the leaderboard among Marc Marquez, Valentino Rossi, Jorge Lorenzo, Andrea Dovizioso, set al. Marquez leads the championship by 49 points from Rossi coming into this 13th round.

The Ducatis of Dovizioso and Lorenzo had led the way through FP3 yesterday, but Maverick Vinales went fastest in FP4 ahead of Lorenzo, Dovizioso, Marquez and Rossi. FP4 is the untimed practice session, hence this is when teams and riders look for the optimal race settings.

Marquez was the first who posted a low 1:32 time, but it was Lorenzo who turned the tables on him and set the fastest time of 1:31.763s on his very time lap out the pits. It was the fastest lap record on the Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli.

Marquez then rode as hard as he could in a bid to regain the pole position but slid out. He then hopped on a marshal’s scooter and ran through his pits to ride his spare bike out of the pits with just 4 minutes to go in the Q2 session.

The next two spots on the front row became a contention between Dovizioso, Jack Miller, Rossi and Vinalez.

But in the meantime, Lorenzo managed to go even faster and locked out the pole with a record breaking 1:31.629s.

Jack Miller then secured the second spot on the grid with a great ride, while Vinalez charged up from 8th to displace Dovizioso from the 3rd spot.

Marquez was relegated to 5th, Cal Crutchlow suffered another fall in the closing stages to qualify 6th, while Rossi will start from 7th in tomorrow’s race. Malaysian racer Hafizh Syahrin finished 25th after a difficult weekend.

  • Johann Zarco captures Pole Position for the 2018 Qatar Grand Prix.

  • Him, Marc Marquez and Danilo Petrucci all broke the old record to qualify in the Top 3.

  • The previous record had stood for ten years.

We had been expecting a thrilling 2018 Qatar Grand Prix Q2 final qualifying session, but we had no idea it was THIS exciting that we forgot to breathe! And this was only the first MotoGP round of the season.

It all came down to the last 2 minutes when Jorge Lorenzo went out onto the track. He had posted the fastest times through the first three sectors but somehow lost time to qualify 4th fastest, up from 9th. He had a troubled weekend and was seen stomping into the Ducati pit on many an occasion.

Pic from

But the real action was behind him as Zarco, Marquez, Rins, Petrucci, Rossi ran in a tight group to gain some advantage by slipstreaming their rivals. Zarco managed to break away and posted 0.382 second faster than his previous best as he passed Sector 3. Meanwhile, Marquez, stuck behind Alex Rins and Danilo Petrucci who was some ways behind the group had also went some 0.300 second under their earlier times.

Pic from

The TV commenters went rabid like the speakers at a political ceramah as Zarco crossed the line with a time of 1’53.680”, smashing the outright fastest qualifying lap of 1’53.927” held by Jorge Lorenzo since 2008 when he was on a Yamaha, during the time when Michelin supplied supersoft qualifying tyres that sacrificed their lives in two laps.

Pic from

Marquez slingshot past Rins to end up second fastest, 0.202s behind at 1’59.882” while Petrucci recorded his fastest time of 1’59.887”, a mere 0.005s behind.

Pic from

Yes, the Top 3 went under Lorenzo’s record.

Cal Cructhlow rode clear of traffic to finish fourth, 0.392s adrift of Zarco at 1’54.072”.

Pic from

What about Andrea Dovizioso who had led the way into Q2? He had actually bested his FP2 time, recording 1’54.074” but the extremely hot pace set by the front four meant he will start from fifth.

Pic from

It was a similar scenario for the impressive Alex Rins, who had been posting the third fastest times through most of the practice sessions up to FP4. He found himself blocked by slower traffic in the early part of the session and was then hounded by Marc Marquez in the closing moments, pushing him to ride defensively and ending Q2 in sixth.

Pic from

Dani Pedrosa had a quiet weekend so far, qualifying seventh fastest.

Pic from

Valentino Rossi had consistently posted the eighth and ninth fastest times and there’s where he finished, in eighth. It’s evident that Yamaha couldn’t solve the issue with lack of rear end grip on their factory bikes.

Pic from

Lorenzo may have thought that he had fourth in the bag but was kicked all the way down back to ninth in the very next lap.

Pic from

Jack Miller had been promoted to Q2 after posting the fastest time in Q1 but was visibly disappointed to end up in tenth with a time of 1’54.449”.

Pic from

Andrea Ianone on the second Suzuki had traded fastest times with his teammate during the opening part of Q2 but was relegated all the way back to eleventh.

Pic from

Rossi’s teammate and winner of the 2017 Qatar Grand Prix, Maverick Vinalez, had also complained incessantly about lack of rear grip, putting him in Q1, after FP2, prompting his team to shift his bike’s chassis balance to put more weight to the rear tyre. The adjustment saw immediate benefits as he was one of the quickest riders during the untimed FP4. He had initially gone fastest in Q1 but was upstaged by Miller at the end. Vinalez finished in a forlorn twelfth position with a time of 1’54.707”.

Pic from

Zarco was emotional when interviewed after his record pole time. As if there’s no end to the Monster Yamaha Tech 3 saga, rumours had started circulating that Honda is after him to replace Dani Pedrosa, who had been in the team since 2006. There were also other rumours that said he could be going to the KTM factory team. Zarco had been the strongest contender to Rossi’s factory Yamaha seat should the latter retires, but Rossi had just announced the renewal of his contract for another two years. Zarco had also crashed heavily in FP4 and was fortunate to walk away unharmed.

Pic from

It is also good news for us Malaysians as Hafizh Syahrin impressed many to qualify 15th fastest in his very first MotoGP qualifying, one spot behind Franco Morbidelli as the second fastest rookie rider.

Pic from

As the clock strikes 2am on this Sunday morning, all we could say is that the qualifying sessions were worth staying up for. If the qualifying had been so competitive, we hope it’ll carry on to the race tomorrow, and the whole season.

Kawasaki Racing Team leads WSBK Malaysia 2016 as Tom Sykes rules both Superpole sessions with new lap record.


Some of the awesome parts from the season-opening Malaysian Cub Prix race weekend in MAEPS, Serdang. (more…)

Petronas AAM Malaysian Cub Prix championship kicks off 23rd season with a blast in MAEPS, Serdang last weekend. (more…)

Dani Pedrosa clinches pole position in Sepang ahead of 2015 Shell Malaysian MotoGP.



Thai youngster Atiratphuvapat conquers qualifying in Sentul, Indonesia leading up to the second race of the Shell Advance Asia Talent Cup (Shell Cup). (more…)


Follow us on Facebook

Follow us on YouTube