Repsol Honda

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

1MARQUEZ ALEX73SPA12Team Gresini Racing MotoGPDucati19’58.713
2MARTIN JORGE89SPA9Pramac RacingDucati1.589
3BAGNAIA FRANCESCO1ITA7Ducati Lenovo TeamDucati3.034
4BASTIANINI ENEA23ITA6Ducati Lenovo TeamDucati3.242
5BINDER BRAD33RSA5Red Bull KTM Factory RacingKTM3.310
6MILLER JACK43AUS4Red Bull KTM Factory RacingKTM4.318
7BEZZECCHI MARCO72ITA3Mooney VR46 Racing TeamDucati5.307
8ZARCO JOHANN5FRA2Pramac RacingDucati5.501
9MARINI LUCA10ITA1Mooney VR46 Racing TeamDucati6.420
10VINALES MAVERICK12SPA0Aprilia RacingAprilia7.241
11MORBIDELLI FRANCO21ITA0Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGPYamaha8.775
12ESPARGARO ALEIX41SPA0Aprilia RacingAprilia9.995
13DI GIANNANTONIO FABIO49ITA0Team Gresini Racing MotoGPDucati10.067
15ESPARGARO POL44SPA0Tech3 GASGAS Factory RacingKTM11.005
16QUARTARARO FABIO20FRA0Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGPYamaha11.911
17FERNANDEZ RAUL25SPA0RNF MotoGP TeamAprilia13.591
18OLIVEIRA MIGUEL88POR0RNF MotoGP TeamAprilia15.058
20LECUONA IKER27SPA0LCR HondaHonda23.484
21MARQUEZ MARC93SPA0Repsol Honda TeamHonda24.930
22BAUTISTA ALVARO19SPA0Ducati Test TeamDucati36.501
23MIR JOAN36SPA0Repsol Honda TeamHonda40.594

Rider standings

1BAGNAIA FRANCESCO1ITA396Ducati Lenovo TeamDucati
2MARTIN JORGE89SPA385Pramac RacingDucati
3BEZZECCHI MARCO72ITA313Mooney VR46 Racing TeamDucati