In Australia Pecco Bagnaia and Ducati took the lead in the world championship. In Sepang, Malaysia, they aim to keep Quartararo’s Yamaha at a distance
The MotoGP is back on track immediately. After the race at Phillip Island — won by Rins, but who has above all given the overtaking of Pecco Bagnaia at the top of the World Championship against the reigning world champion Fabio Quartararo — the circus of two wheels lands in Malaysia, in Sepang, for the penultimate round of the season.
As always when racing in Southeast Asia, to follow the Ducati of Bagnaia and his companions it will be necessary to get up very, very early, unless you want to wait for the afternoon replies in the clear. After Malaysia, the World Championship returns to Europe with the last Grand Prix in Valencia, on the Ciruit Ricardo Tormo. Which could also prove useless, if the Italian graduate champion already in Malaysia (here’s how he can do it).
Sepang program on Friday
The first free practice sessions, held on Friday between 4.50 and 9.00, saw Pecco Bagnaia find himself outside the top ten. By three thousandths of a second, a trifle, detached from Marco Bezzecchi, the slowest of the five Ducati riders who finished in the top ten. Seventh Quartararo. Here the full report.
Last free practice and qualifying of the MotoGP in Malaysia
The last free practice then saw Bagnaia reach fifth place in the last session of the Sepang GP, but the slip in the third forced him to go through from Q1 all the same. In qualifying Jorge Martin on the Ducati shattered the track record, Bagnaia crashed again (while wearing a red helmet) and Fabio Quartararo was in pain after a crash in the fourth round. (here the complete report, the comment and the grid). The live broadcast was on Sky Sport MotoGP, Sky Sport Uno, as well as streaming on Now, with full deferred MotoGP and a summary of the other two classes on Tv8 at 2pm.
Where to see the MotoGP race
This brings us to Sunday 23 October and to the race, after the warm ups which start at 3.55. The MotoGP that will start the engines at 9 o’clock (Moto3 at 6, Moto2 at 7.20), always live on Sky Sport MotoGP, Sky Sport Uno, as well as streaming on Now. Also in this case Tv8 offers — for those who have the nerves to wait to find out whether or not Bagnaia will become champion (here the five combinations that would allow it) — delayed: MotoGp at 2pm, Moto3 at 11am and Moto2 at 12.20pm.
In memory of Simoncelli
The penultimate round of the season will also be an opportunity to remember Marco Simoncelli, who lost his life on the Sepang circuit on 23 October 2011. For the occasion, Sky Sport MotoGP will broadcast Mark’s Rule and SICa film and a documentary film to retrace the life and career of the unforgettable driver from Romagna.
SIC will be broadcast on Sunday at half past midnight, Mark’s Rule instead always Sunday, but at 10pm.
October 20, 2022 (change October 22, 2022 | 10:01 am)
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