We’ll try to manage it the best for the Championship.
The Repsol Honda riders have four victories from the last five editions of the Malaysian Grand Prix. Pedrosa won in 2012, 2013 and 2015 and Márquez in 2014.
With his pole position in Australia, Marc Márquez has 44 poles from the 88 races he has contested in MotoGP, a 50% success rate since he has come into the premier class.
Marc Márquez will mathematically seal the MotoGP title if he wins the race or finishes second, regardless of whether Andrea Dovizioso wins.
“Of course we’re happy to go to Malaysia, having won at Phillip Island. I knew it was very important to get a good result in Australia and try to open a bit of a gap before Sepang, which is a demanding round, and where Dovi won last season. One of the main things there is the humidity, and of course the high temperatures. I think it’s one of the most difficult races in terms of the physical conditions. One good thing is that the tarmac is good now, as it was resurfaced not long ago. The grip is also nice. We’ll see what the situation is, and we’ll try to manage it the best for the Championship.”
“We look forward to going to race in Malaysia, a place where we have some very good memories. It’s not an easy round, as weather conditions are pretty extreme. The layout is also demanding; the track itself is quite wide and the corners are different from each other, so you need to find a good line in order to be fast. That said, we know that we can be competitive if we find a good setup, so we’ll try to start strong beginning on Friday and get a good result on Sunday.”