The Sepang International Circuit rounded off the flyaway rounds with a race without surprises in terms of weather and with the Repsol Honda Team riders scoring points.
Starting from third on the grid, Marc Márquez remained in the Top 7 throughout the race, at one of the least favourable tracks for the Honda RC213-V. Márquez finally crossed the finish line seventh.
Pol Espargaró made progress after a difficult weekend in Malaysia. The Repsol Honda Team rider, who started twentieth on the grid after a penalty he received on Friday, ran a good pace and finished fourteenth, picking up 2 points.
After the Malaysian Grand Prix, Marc Márquez is 12th in the overall standings with 113 points, whilst Pol Espargaró is 16th with 56 points.
“As I said yesterday, what we did in Qualifying was above and beyond and this is more or less what I was expecting from our race. We gave our 100% all race to achieve the best possible result, we started really well but I saw I didn’t have the speed to stay with the leaders. I tried to find my place and avoid taking any unneeded risks and get some good information from the race. I did everything that Honda asked me so I am optimistic they will use this information to improve in the future. Now we can start to prepare for Valencia after a difficult weekend, because here we could see the level of our bike. I think we can be closer in Valencia.”
“It was a hard one today, especially with the temperature. It was not as hot as in previous years but the humidity was really high all the same. We started in P20 and had to be aggressive in the first laps to make up some ground. Finally we were able to get two points here, gaining six places. Now the attention turns to Valencia where I have been strong in the past and I think it will suit our bike better.”