Cormac Shoots Sepang: If You Can't Stand The Heat...

Nearly there. After a disastrous qualifying, Pecco Bagnaia took a huge step toward winning his first MotoGP title

A tough year for Joan Mir got tougher at Sepang. The Spaniard suffered severe arm pump, and will be getting surgery to fix it over the winter

You stick your left leg in, your left leg out...

The edge of the tire is where the KTM has been struggling. It spins too early, and so lacks drive

Keeping cool on the grid in Sepang is important. You're about to get roasted by the bikes in front of you. Pol Espargaro is using an icepack for the neck, and a fan system

Pecco Bagnaia employs a different approach, using an Alpinestars cooling vest

Racing is life. Anything before or after is just waiting

What we didn't see, because of the importance of the battle up front, was the melee much further back. "Fun, because we were in a big battle," said Cal Crutchlow

A sigh of relief. Domizia Castagnini (Pecco Bagnaia's partner), Davide Tardozzi (Ducati MotoGP Team Manager), and Paolo Ciabatti (Ducati Corse Sporting Director) had been a bundle of nerves ahead of the Sepang race

Honda are making big changes to their aero. Here's the standard aero package on Pol Espargaro's bike

Here's the new aero on Marc Marquez' bike. Note the ducts on the bottom part of the fairing, and the very different upper wings

Easy to see where Honda got the idea for those upper wings from

It was a tough race for Fabio Quartararo. He broke his middle finger on Saturday, but still finished third on Sunday

Luca Marini's second bike, ready for action

Sepang's front straight is very long. There's room for a lot of bikes there

This is what full compression on the front looks like. The same for both the WP forks on Miguel Oliveira's KTM, as for the Ohlins on Maverick Viñales' Aprilia

Here comes trouble. Marco Bezzecchi has been a real surprise in 2022, and is going to cause the top riders a lot of headaches in 2023

Judging by his choice of eyewear, Luca Marini prepares for the race by indulging in a spot of tig welding

Enea Bastianini is proving troublesome enough on a Ducati GP21. Imagine what he will be like in the factory team next year

Fabio Quartararo, a picture of control

Pecco Bagnaia and the stegosaurus fins on the tail of his Ducati. Now copied by HRC

There was to be no repeat of the Phillip Island podium for Marc Marquez at Sepang. At some tracks, the bike is the limit

The battle that mattered

Constructors title secured in Aragon, team title taken in Sepang, individual crown to be wrapped up at Valencia, unless disaster strikes

In case you were wondering how hard Marco Bezzecchi is capable of braking

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