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Malaysian GP 2016

Gastroenteritis caused Marc Marquez to miss the FP2 session of the Malaysian Grand Prix today, as the 2016 World Champion returned to his hotel to rest and try to completely recover ahead of tomorrow’s qualifying day.

After setting the quickest time in the morning dry session and considering that a midday downpour had left the track in mixed conditions, Marc and the team agreed that it was best for him to sit out the FP2 session. As nobody was able to improve upon the morning lap times, Marc ended the day topping the combined free-practice times classification.

After spending the morning session adapting to the bike, Hiroshi Aoyama made the best of the wet/damp track to try out both the Michelin rain tyres and also the intermediate spec that he had never used before. The 2009 250cc world champion was 10th in the afternoon and 20th in the combined standing.

Malaysian Grand Prix Qualifying

Marc Marquez


“In the morning I didn’t feel very well – I’ve had gastroenteritis for the last two days – but I was able to go out and ride even though I was not at 100%. After the session and the effort I put in, I began feeling worse, because gastroenteritis also dehydrates you. Looking at the track conditions, we decided not to go out. Tomorrow we’ll try to improve and I think it has been good for me not go out there, and to instead save myself for Saturday and especially Sunday.”

Hiroshi Aoyama


“This morning I was able to work to get some feeling with the bike in the dry. In the end we tried a setting change on the second bike that I liked enough and that I felt more confident with, but I could only do three laps before the flag. I think we have a margin of improvement there. The plan was to continue working in that direction in the afternoon but as it rained, we instead tried out both the wet tyre options, the soft and medium. I had a good feeling with both and I was more competitive than in the morning. I also tried the intermediate spec, as I had never experienced them before. I hope that tomorrow we’ll have a bit more stable conditions and that we can work more on the bike setting.”

Malaysian GP Highlights

Combined Practice Times

Pos. Rider Num Nation Team Time/Gap
1 MARQUEZ Marc 93 SPA Repsol Honda Team 2’01.210
2 VINALES Maverick 25 SPA Team Suzuki Ecstar 0.268
3 REDDING Scott 45 GBR Octo Pramac Racing 0.297
4 IANNONE Andrea 29 ITA Ducati Team 0.311
5 ROSSI Valentino 46 ITA Movistar Yamaha MotoGP 0.401
6 BARBERA Hector 8 SPA Ducati Team 0.457
7 ESPARGARO Aleix 41 SPA Team Suzuki Ecstar 0.564
8 HERNANDEZ Yonny 68 COL Aspar MotoGP Team 0.605
9 BAUTISTA Alvaro 19 SPA Aprilia Racing Team Gresini 0.801
10 LORENZO Jorge 99 SPA Movistar Yamaha MotoGP 0.803
11 PETRUCCI Danilo 9 ITA Octo Pramac Racing 0.826
12 BRADL Stefan 6 GER Aprilia Racing Team Gresini 0.954
13 CRUTCHLOW Cal 35 GBR LCR Honda 1.124
14 SMITH Bradley 38 GBR Monster Yamaha Tech 3 1.274
15 DOVIZIOSO Andrea 4 ITA Ducati Team 1.351
16 MILLER Jack 43 AUS Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS 1.390
17 ESPARGARO Pol 44 SPA Monster Yamaha Tech 3 1.522
18 LAVERTY Eugene 50 IRE Aspar MotoGP Team 1.803
19 RABAT Tito 53 SPA Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS 1.898
20 AOYAMA Hiroshi 7 JPN Repsol Honda Team 2.691
21 BAZ Loris 76 FRA Avintia Racing 3.413

Malaysian GP Map


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Emanuele Venturoli
Emanuele Venturoli
A graduate in Public, Social and Political Communication from the University of Bologna, he has always been passionate about marketing, design and sport.
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