2017 Sepang Moto2 & Moto3 Preview Press Releases

Press releases from the Moto2 and Moto3 teams ahead of this weekend's Sepang round:


Morbidelli ready for Malaysian Moto2 showdown

This weekend's Malaysian Grand Prix is the first opportunity for Team Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS rider Franco Morbidelli to wrap up the championship he's led since the first race in Qatar.

We caught up with the Italian, who currently has a 29-point advantage over closest title rival Tom Lüthi, to talk about his season so far, to find out how he feels about the weekend ahead in Malaysia and to understand what a World Championship title would mean to him.

Did you start the season thinking you could be World Champion?

I started the season thinking we could do a really good job if we worked in the best way, but I wasn't thinking about the championship. All I was thinking about was working in the best way with my team and this is exactly what we have done since the start of the year. As a result we've had some good performances in both halves of this year's championship.

Surely after winning the first three races you must have thought about the possibility of winning the Moto2 World Championship?

I was really happy, and not a little bit surprised, to win the first three races, but I knew things would be a little more difficult once we came back to Europe, because the tracks are different and the feeling is also different.

And this is exactly what happened in Jerez, where I was trying to win again. I maybe pushed a bit too hard, made a mistake and crashed out of the race. From there is was a case of trying to rebuild my confidence and the win next time out in Le Mans helped a lot with that.

You signed off for the summer break with your sixth win of the season at the Sachsenring giving you a 37-point lead over Tom Lüthi. That must have been satisfying, to go into the break with such a big advantage?

Yes, but even then I was more focused on winning races than winning the championship. Sachsenring was a really good race for me, I won and my two closet rivals in the championship crashed out of the race and it was nice to go on holiday with a good feeling and such an advantage in the championship, but still I wasn't really thinking in terms of the championship.

A quick chat with Franco Morbidelli

But Lüthi struck back in the second half of the season, with Misano being a critical point in the championship battle.

Misano was maybe one of the toughest moments in the championship for me. It was my home race and, obviously, I wanted to do well there. It was going well, right up until the rain arrived on Sunday. I still wanted to do well in the race and I tried to pull away in the wet, maybe in too much of a hurry, then I made a mistake and crashed out. Tom finished second but then was given the race win when Aegerter was disqualified for a technical infringement.

I was sad for the race itself, not for the championship, because I knew that anything could still happen in the remaining races; it was an open championship when the gap was 37 points after Germany and it was still an open championship when the gap was only nine points after Misano.

After the disappointment of Misano you immediately bounced back with a win in Aragon to set you up for the three overseas races...

The Aragon win was really an important moment because it was really the first race where I was starting to think about the championship and to think about making some strategies, trying to control and make decisions based not on what was best for the race but what was best for the championship.

But in the end I was able to go for the win without too much risk. It was a nice feeling and it was good to come away with 25 points before heading overseas.

It seems that the pressure was starting to be felt in Japan, not only by you but also by Tom Lüthi...

It's true, in Japan both Tom and me were under pressure. I do feel it and I'm sure he also feels it. The race was strange, because Tom started from 12th and I started 15th, which is not a normal starting position for either of us but the pressure can trick you sometimes. It was a hard moment for me, but in the end I managed to come out of it pretty well, recovering a lot of positions to finish eighth and, more importantly, in front of Tom.

Australia was better; less rain and less disruption, a much cleaner weekend conditions wise. We managed to do a good job in the practice and in the race I was feeling good and feeling fast and I was able to fight with the KTM riders, well Binder anyway. I wasn't paying too much attention to either the pressure or being careful, I was just trying to push at 100% to get the best result possible.

It was a good moment because I finished third at the end and Tom could only manage tenth place and, again, we managed to extend the gap in the standings.

This Malaysian Grand Prix is your first opportunity to win the championship you've led since the first race, but will this change your approach to the weekend?

The approach will be the same. My aim again for this weekend is to push at 100% and make a good job in all the practices and not to pay attention too much to the pressure that being in a position to win the championship this weekend brings.

I will just try to do my job and do the best that I can to try to beat Tom in the race on Sunday.

What would the World Championship title mean to you?

This is what I have been dreaming of since I was a little kid. It's already a good feeling just to be fighting for the title, but to win it would be an amazing feeling, although I still don't know exactly how I will feel if I do win it. But for sure it would be a nice thing for me.


Mahindra Pull&Bear Aspar travel to Malaysia in high spirits

Lorenzo dalla Porta enjoyed his best race of the season in Australia and along with his team-mate María Herrera the pair are looking for more improvements in Malaysia

The Moto3 World Championship title challenge may be over for 2017, with Joan Mir riding intelligently and getting a little hand from the weather to wrap things up in Australia on Sunday, but now the new champion has two more challenges to face in the class before moving up to Moto2 next season. With the pressure off Mir, the attention now turns to the battle for second and third in the championship, with Romano Fenati and Aron Canet well placed but not assured of anything with fifty points still up for grabs.

The Mahindra Pull&Bear Aspar Team celebrated it's most recent victory in Malaysia with Pecco Bagnaia in 2016 and the hopes are high for the Spanish team this weekend. Lorenzo dalla Porta produced his best performance of the season so far in Australia on Sunday and stand-in rider María Herrera showed a quick adaptation to the Mahindra. Herrera, who will again replace the injured Albert Arenas this weekend, is excited to ride at Sepang after three days on the bike at Phillip Island, gathering information that she can now put to good use this weekend. Dalla Porta, meanwhile, is well aware of the team's success last season at Sepang as he aims to build on his top-ten ride in Australia.

Lorenzo dalla Porta: “We leave Australia in high spirits, ready to do a good job in Malaysia, where last year we saw that Pecco Bagnaia was able to do well. We will try to do the same, after a weekend that didn't start well but continually improved until we finished with tenth place in the race.”

María Herrera: “I had my first experience with the Mahindra in Australia and I think that over the weekend I learnt a lot about it. I think that with what we already know, we have plenty of room to improve this weekend in Malaysia.I went quite well there last season and we have to get the best out of the bike this weekend.”


IL TEAM DEL CONCA GRESINI EN ROUTE TO SEPANG FOR PENULTIMATE EVENT OF 2017

The long, traditional three back-to-back flyaway journey of MotoGP will draw to a close this weekend with the Malaysian Grand Prix of the 2017 season. Team Del Conca Gresini will be facing an event that on paper has so far never been favourable to its riders.

Jorge Martin and Fabio Di Giannantonio have never excelled in the past at the long and demanding Sepang International Circuit, with a 12th place being the best result for the Spaniard and a DNF last year. If we add to the mix the often-changeable weather conditions, it is clear that this event with require an extra amount of focus and attention from everyone.

Martin heads to Sepang with good momentum to his side – given his eighth pole of the year and the podium taken in Australia last weekend – and he will be aiming for that long-awaited maiden win of the series, while Diggia will try to make amends for the no score of Phillip Island. Moto3 action will get underway on Friday at 9:00 local time (GMT +8) with the first free practice session of the Malaysian Grand Prix.

JORGE MARTIN #88

“Sepang is a track I really like and already last year I was doing very well, although I ended up crashing out of the race when I was battling at the front. I also like the country and the people and I cannot wait for this last flyaway event of the season to begin. We need to get a good start from FP1 and try to do our best to get this elusive first win in the series before the end of the season.”

FABIO DI GIANNANTONIO #21

“We’re about to race on a very unique track: a bide, wide one where weather is very changeable and where we’ll try to make amends for the mistakes I’ve made at Phillip Island. I wasn’t doing too bad last year but unfortunately I crashed on oil. We will try to turn the Australian disappointment into extra motivation to do well in Malaysia.”


Malaysia caps off flyaway rounds for Canet and Bastianini

Estrella Galicia 0,0 riders move onto the penultimate round of the season: The Malaysian Grand Prix at the Sepang International Circuit.

The Estrella Galicia 0,0 riders and the Moto3 World Championship move on from the wind and low temperatures of Australia to the tropical heat of Malaysia this weekend. The third round of the triple flyaways sees Aron Canet and Enea Bastianini in action at the Malaysian Grand Prix, held at the Sepang International Circuit.

Aron Canet was unlucky this past weekend at Phillip Island, where contact from another rider ended his chances of a good result in the Australian GP. He is doubly motivated for the Malaysian round, since last year he suffered a crash on the opening lap of the race –picking up an injury in the process. He continues fighting with Romano Fenati for the runner-up spot in the World Championship; although mathematically his chances have become slimmer, Canet will focus on having a good race in Sepang, without worrying about what his Italian rival does. The Spanish rider occupies third place in the standings with 184 points.

Enea Bastianini had a magnificent race in Australia, in which he was up into second when the red flag was waved. The countback for the final result put him fifth, but the good feelings the Italian experienced have filled him with motivation for the end of the season. Last year he could not participate in the Malaysian GP, due to injury. The progression by Bastianini at the last round has allowed him to move from ninth to sixth place in standings with 114 points.

The first free practice session for the Moto3 Malaysian Grand Prix will begin on Friday at 1:10pm local time, with FP2 scheduled for 9pm.

Enea Bastianini

6th in the World Championship with 114 points

"We head to Malaysia with a good base"

"I go to Malaysia very motivated, because in Australia we found a setup with which we rode very comfortably, especially in conditions when there was little wind. Sepang is not a circuit where we have that problem, so we head there with a good base. I’m sure it will be hot, as always, but this does not worry me because I am physically prepared. The forecast is for rain during the weekend, but in Malaysia you never know."

Aron Canet

3rd in the World Championship with 184 points

"I think I have to fight for the victory"

"I’m very motivated for Malaysia, with the intention to look for a good feeling from the beginning and to seal my position in the World Championship. Sepang is a circuit where it usually rains. Last year they laid new asphalt and it did not absorb moisture so quickly, but we will do what we can and will continue to work to improve. I want to have a good race at Sepang because last year I injured my left hand there, but now I'm in top form, I'm a better rider and I think I have to fight for the victory."


NAVARRO TO MISS MALAYSIA, DIMAS PREPARES FOR MOTO2 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP DEBUT

Jorge Navarro has undergone a successful surgery on Monday morning in Melbourne. The procedure, which lasted a bit more than two hours, was performed in order to reconstruct the damaged ligament and part of the ring finger that the Spaniard injured in the recent event of the Moto2 World Championship at Phillip Island, when he crashed out in the early stages of the race.

The 21-year-old Valencian rider will be released from the Australian hospital today, before flying back to Europe tomorrow to begin his rehabilitation process, with the estimated time of recovery being between two and three weeks. The Federal Oil Gresini Moto2 Team wishes Navarro a speedy recovery with the hope to see him returning to action for the season finale at Valencia – his home race - which is something very likely to happen.

For the Malaysian Grand Prix, however, Navarro will be replaced by Indonesia’s Dimas Ekky Pratama, who is currently racing in the CEV Moto2 series. This will be a great opportunity for the 25-year-old from Depok, who will make his World Championship debut with a team that has a very important and historical connection with Ekky's native country through its Indonesian sponsors and partners.

Dimas, who is currently sixth in the CEV Moto2 standings with one podium finish this year, will be racing with the number 26.


Red Bull KTM Ajo look for sixth consecutive Moto3 podium in Sepang

Bo Bendsneyder and Niccolo Antonelli will attempt to give Red Bull KTM Ajo a Moto3 podium for the sixth season in a row.

10/25/2017 - Sepang International Circuit, Malaysia

Only the final result of the Australian GP was negative for Bo Bendsneyder and Niccolo Antonelli, who throughout the weekend felt very comfortable with their KTM bike. They will hope for a continuation of that feeling from practice when the Red Bull KTM Ajo Moto3 team contest their third race in as many weekends: The Malaysian Grand Prix. The Sepang International Circuit has long been a favourable one for the team, who have always had at least one rider on the podium in Moto3 races at the track. Highlights include victories for Sandro Cortese -2012-, Luis Salom -2013- and Miguel Oliveira -2015-.

Bo Bendsndeyder made his first Malaysian GP appearance last year, and took a third position that marked his second World Championship podium. The Dutchman managed to adapt to the changing weather conditions that so often affect the practice sessions. His initial goal this weekend will be to look for a place on the starting grid that does not jeopardise his options of fighting for at least the Top 10.

Niccolo Antonelli's was confident about the Australian round after a podium in Japan the previous week. However, a crash on the second lap truncated his great comeback. At Sepang he hopes to repeat his previous good performances and get back in the battle for the rostrum. It was in 2015 that he got closest to the Top 3 so far in Malaysia, finishing fourth in a race that started from pole position.

The Moto3 race will start at 12.00h local time -5.00am CET- on Sunday. This will be the penultimate race of the season.

23 NICCOLO ANTONELLI

"I’m raring to get on my KTM and forget about last Sunday's race, in which a mistake left us with no chance of a good result far too early on. I arrive confident and with a positive mentality, because in Australia we took an important step with our setup. The Sepang International Circuit is very nice, I like it, and I have a lot of fun riding there. We will do our best to always be fast and get a good result in the race."

64 BO BENDSNEYDER

"I’m looking forward to this final round of the flyaways in Malaysia. Honestly, I think we had a good weekend in Australia; it was only bad luck and an electronic problem that prevented us from being higher up. The feeling on the bike was very good, so I hope they will stay the same this weekend at the Sepang International Circuit. Last year I got my second Grand Prix podium there and it was the first time I had ridden at the track, so I couldn’t have a better memory of it."


Oliveira and Binder ready to round off flyaways at Sepang

Following their historic one-two at Phillip Island, the Red Bull KTM Ajo riders look for a repeat at the Malaysian GP.

10/25/2017 - Sepang International Circuit, Malaysia

With little time to take in their historic results in Australia, where Miguel Oliveira and Brad Binder took the top spots on the Phillip Island podium, the Red Bull KTM Ajo riders move straight on to the seventeenth round of the year in Sepang, Malaysia. With expectations high after their best weekend of the year, Oliveira and Binder will try to end the triple flyaways with another great performance.

Having achieved his goal of giving KTM their first victory in Moto2, Miguel Oliveira arrives in Sepang a point ahead of his closest rival in the fight for the third place in the overall standings. The Portuguese rider will attempt to earn his eighth podium of the year. In 2015, Oliveira took victory at Sepang in Moto3 -during his previous spell with the Red Bull KTM Ajo team.

Brad Binder’s hard work throughout the season was finally rewarded in Australia, where he took his first podium in the intermediate class. In addition, the South African rider took his best grid position of the year, which was key to increasing his chances of fighting among the fastest riders. Binder was on the podium -second place- in the 2015 Moto3 Malaysian GP, along with his current teammate.

Moto2 World Championship race at Sepang will be held at 13:20pm local time (6:20am CET).

41 BRAD BINDER

"What we experienced last Sunday at Phillip Island was amazing for the whole team and KTM. It was a great result, but now we are back at another entirely new circuit for us for the third consecutive week. The Sepang International Circuit is a track where I have always enjoyed riding and always felt good and strong. I can’t wait to get there and see how I get on with the Moto2 bike. We'll see where we can finish."

44 MIGUEL OLIVEIRA

"We took a one-two at the AustralianGP and now go to Malaysia, where myself and Brad [Binder] also got the same result in 2015. Of the two remaining races, I love the Sepang International Circuit and I also like Valencia. In fact, those are two tracks where I sincerely believe we can be competitive, so we will see how we respond, since I have never ridden a Moto2 bike in Malaysia. Third position in the World Championship is not my main objective; my real goal is to enjoy riding at the remaining rounds. Getting that position at the end would be a nice bonus, but the most important thing is to do a good job."


Astra Honda rider, Dimas Ekky prepares for Moto2 World Championship debut

Astra Honda Racing Team | Malaysia, Sepang International Circuit | 10/25/2017

Jakarta – PT Astra Honda Motor’s rider, Dimas Ekky Pratama will do his debut in the Moto2 World Championship with Gresini Racing team in Sepang International Circuit, Malaysia (27-29/10). His first performance in Moto2 World Championship will become one of historical moment for Indonesian riders who take a part in the racing world championship.

In this year, Dimas Ekky who also race in FIM CEV will be the one and only Indonesian rider that compete in Moto2 World Championship. His performance that increase in every race and also big support from Indonesian supporters make Moto2 Grand Prix team, Gresini Racing chooses Dimas Ekky to race with them in Sepang (27-29/10).

Dimas will be replacing Jorge Navarro who get injured in Phillip Island, Australia last week when competing with other top riders in that top level competition.

Marketing Director Thomas Wijaya says AHM will give best support for Dimas Ekky to fill that position. This is in line with our commitment to support Indonesian rider in achieving their dream in racing world.

Dimas Ekky is a rider that arise from AHM’s racing program since 2013. Various experiences in the racing championship have been followed by Dimas Ekky start from Asian level such as Asia Road Racing Championship up to international level like Suzuka 4 Hours Endurance Championship, Suzuka 8 Hours Endurance World Championship and FIM CEV.

Various achievements that also become the pride of the nation has been achieved by Dimas Ekky on many racing opportunities. One of them is the podium he got in FIM CEV Moto 2 European Championship in Catalunya, last June. Dimas become the first Indonesian rider who take the podium in that prestigious competition. Now, Dimas Ekky is on the 6th riders standing of the FIM CEV Moto2 European Championship.

The Moto2 World Championship will be broadcast on Indonesian national TV on Monday (29/10) at 12.20 WIB.

Thomas Wijaya

MARKETING DIRECTOR OF PT ASTRA HONDA MOTOR

“Thank you for this great opportunity for our rider. This is a pride for Indonesia too. Dimas has experiences and many achievements in racing that arise from AHM’s Racing Development program. We are very happy that our young Indonesian rider got acknowledgment from professional team in Moto2 World Championship, Gresini Racing. Please give support for our Indonesian rider.”


Grand Prix of Malaysia: Preview

Last Asian race and second to last round of the season: Sepang, Malaysia. The Sepang International Circuit is a fast track, about 5,5 km long with 15 corners, 5 left and 10 right and 8 straights, the longest ones measures 920m. There are palm trees in Malaysia... the climate is inevitably characterized by hot and humidity but in the weekend there may be some downpours on the new Sepang asphalt. There are even tigers, in Malaysia, and this weekend, may be some more....

Romano Fenati: "We are at the last race weekend of the triple header, the Championship has gone but for us it's important to finish this season at the best. Among the Asian circuits, Sepang is not one of my favourite (especially for the hot temperatures and humidity) but, this year, I've already obtained the podium in circuits I didn't like, so I am confident to get a good result".

Jules Danilo: "Sepang is a beautiful track, for me one of the best of the calendar. I am looking forward to come back on track afte Australian weekend. It was a shame for the race at Phillip Island but the positive side is that we found a set up which makes me feel confident. We'll start from there looking also at the weather as there could be some surprises ".


AT SEPANG FOR THE LAST RACE OF THE BACK TO BACK

After the points in Australia, the SKY Racing Team VR46 off to Malaysia: in Moto2 Bagnaia and Manzi are here for confirmation. At work for closing in the best way the 2017 season Bulega and Migno in Moto3.

SEPANG (MALAYSIA), Oct. 26th 2017 - With the Malaysian GP ​​the long trip in Asia comes to the end for the Sky Racing Team VR46. After the points scored in Australia, riders and Team back to work for closing in the best way the 2017 season.

In Moto2, Francesco Bagnaia, after the difficult Sunday in Phillip Island, is really motivated to back on this track to clear the gap from the strongest guys. Last year in Sepang, in Moto3, he was the protagonist: he scored the second seasonal victory winning a stunning race. At his side Stefano Manzi, again in the Top15 in Australia.

In Moto3, for Nicolò Bulega and Andrea Migno the keyword is concreteness. The goal is to conquer a good placement before Valencia's grand finale and, for Andrea, confirm the leadership in the championship beetween the KTM riders.

PABLO NIETO - Team Manager

We are all saddened, it's a tough time for the whole Team, one of us passed away. We will miss Claudio: he was a real gentlemen and we have always distinguished he for his human and working values. Go back to the track, stay focused on our goals and give our 100% is the best way to honor him. At Phillip Island, the qualifying results has penalized us, but we've achieved the points with all our riders. At Sepang we expect a very different weather: hot, humid and possibilities of precipitations during the weekend. For Pecco, the goal is to back to the Top positions, for Stefano the points area, while in Moto3 we back to work to clear the gap.

Pecco Bagnaia

I can not think about the race in Malaysia, without remembering the last year's victory in Moto3. For this season, I achieved my goal with some weekends in advance, but I still have two races for fighting for the Top positions and close in the best way this 2017.

Stefano Manzi

Phillip Island has not been an easy weekend, but the points in the race has to be considered a good epilogue. For Sepang and then Valencia, the Top15 is my main goal.

Andrea Migno

Sepang is my favorite track if we consider all the back to back races. A good start to face in the best way this weekend. In Australia we struggled in the FP, but, in the race, we were able to recover and approach the strongest guys.

Nicolo Bulega

The goal for Malaysia is to try to transform all our efforts in a good result. During this trip, we have proven on the track to be competitive, but we have achieved less than we expected.


From the windy Island to the tropical heat – Forward Racing stops in Malaysia

Just a few days after the Australian Grand Prix, the entire paddock has already arrived at the Sepang International Circuit for the penultimate round of the 2017 season. Thereby, Forward Racing Team’s Luca Marini and Lorenzo Baldassarri are eager to commence the action on the impressive 5.543-kilometer-long track this weekend.

While preparing the third race of the flyaway triple Marini is looking back on pleasant memories with the Malaysian circuit, as he saw the chequered flag in ninth position during his first visit in Malaysia in 2016. Yet, he’s even more excited to bring home a good result, after having had a demanding round in Australia, as a nasty crash saw him suffering from pain in neck and shoulder. Despite of that, the determinate Italian grit his teeth to complete the 25 tricky laps and is back to full fitness for this weekend’s Grand Prix.

On the other hand, Baldassarri just missed out on the podium result by a whisker last year at the Sepang International Circuit. After a fourth position from 2016 he heads very optimistic and well prepared into the 17th round, willing on improving his performance of the last round, where he was riding to catch some points after dislocating his right shoulder during the third free practice of the Australian GP.

The action in humid and hot Sepang kicks off as usual at 10.55 local time (4.55 CET) on Friday with the first session for the Forward Racing Team flag holders and the rest of the Moto2 World Championship field.

Luca Marini

“The next GP, which is already one of the last races this season is set to commence soon in Sepang, a track I consider as quite difficult. In addition, the weather is always a question mark here, as nobody can predict anything. But apart from this we are more than ready and I aim to build up my weekend in the most positive way possible, coming from two rather tough rounds in Japan and Australia. Therefore, Malaysia could be a fantastic point to restart all over. Regarding the physical point of view, it’s definitely one of the most demanding races, but I trained a lot for this and I’m ready to hit the track and leave all the struggles from the last weeks behind me.”

Lorenzo Baldassarri

“We arrive in Malaysia with a great feeling, as I’m really confident for this upcoming weekend after the fourth place here last year. It’s time for some proper points scoring positions again, following a demanding Australian GP. The positive thing is, that we finished the race in Phillip Island, I got a few points and I will be completely fit for this new round now, after my crash in FP3. So, we can’t wait to start to ride the bike again on Friday at the Sepang International Circuit, which is a very good track, especially the first part with the fast right downhill corner and also a nice chicane. I like that fast part a lot and overall, I hope we can enjoy the weekend.”

Giovanni Cuzari - Team Owner

“We really can’t wait to start the proceedings under the Malaysian sun this weekend! Following some quite challenging rounds in Motegi and Phillip Island, we can truly claim to be excited to finish this annual oversea trip on a high note. We are proud that both, Luca and Lorenzo saw the chequered flag in Australia. After they were unlucky to have been taken out by some unforeseen circumstances, they bravely fought until the end. With two days of rest, their batteries are recharged again and they are primed to attack in this highly-competitive field. We’re eager to commence with the support of all the fantastic fans from this nation and its neighboring countries, who visit us year after year. It’s a pleasure to see their determination, even in some heavy rain storms, which happen very frequently in this region. We hope, that weather and fortune are on our side this time.”


McPhee eager to bounce back at Sepang

British Talent Team rider ready for the Malaysian GP

John McPhee is ready for the next challenge of the season, with Sepang International Circuit soon appearing on the horizon following the Australian GP and ready to host the third and final fight of the three 'flyaway' races.

A long, technical and challenging track, Sepang has five left- and ten right-handed corners, with a longest straight of just under a kilometer. And there are two long straights connected by the final hairpin - always a stunning spectacle for Moto3™.

Two races remain in 2017, with McPhee in the fight for sixth in the standings. The BTT will be out on track at 9:00 local time (GMT +8) on Friday to get the weekend underway.

John McPhee: "I really enjoy the Sepang circuit and especially the atmosphere from the fans here. It's somewhere I really enjoy to ride so I'm looking forward to getting out there on track tomorrow. Weather can play a big part of the weekend as its known to change quickly here but either way we'll be ready."


Mir and Loi land in Sepang

After their extraordinary double podium on Sunday at Phillip Island, the two teammates of the Leopard Racing Team are ready to face the last stage of the triple Asian trip.

After his triumph in Australia clinched him the 2017 World Championship, Joan Mir and Livio Loi, who gave the Leopard Racing Team an extraordinary double (the third of the young structure’s history), prepare to complete the Asian rounds. They now land in Malaysia for the seventeenth stage of the season. The event is as always hosted at the Sepang International Circuit, which since 1999 has uninterruptedly hosted the Malaysian Grand Prix and runs up for 5.5km with three long straights between five left hand turns and 10 to the right.

Mallorca's talent, whose name was written into the history of modern motorcycling with his championship and his achievements, (nine wins in a season, a previously unachieved feat in the Moto3 class) comes to Sepang with a new level of calm and is simply intending to have fun riding his Honda NSF250RW now that the title is already in his pocket. His team-mate Livio Loi faces this weekend with renewed enthusiasm to end the season at his best (after being forced to stop due to injury) and confirm all his potential between the curves and straight lines of the Malaysian track.


Penultimate race of the season to kick off in Malaysia

Preview: Sepang GP

Two top 15 results in two races, a podium finish for Jakub Kornfeil at last years Grand prix of Malaysia – the squad of Peugeot Motocycles SAXOPRINT feels confident for the last race of the triple header.

For Peugeot Motocycles SAXOPRINT pilot Jakub Kornfeil the return to the Sepang International Circuit awakes good memories. In last seasons Moto3TM race the Czech finished in 2nd place – the third podium of his career.

Also the past two races gave Kornfeil and the team a boost. With 8th and 12th place in Japan and Australia the team reached their goal to finish inside the top 15 – which is the aim for this weekend as well.

Rookie Patrik Pulkkinen will put his focus on his riding style and the tricky conditions of the track.

The circuit is a really challenging and technical one, so he has to learn a lot and needs to gain as much experience as possible.

Luckily he left his crash from Phillip Island without any serious injuries so the young Fin is ready to give his best.

The “Sepang International Circuit”, located about 60km away from Kuala Lumpur, ranks among the longest tracks in the race calendar with a total length of 5.543km. With five left and ten right corners and a longest straight of 920m the circuit offers fast parts but also slow corners.

By this time Sepang is a regular feature in the FIM Motorcycle World Championship. Since 1999 the MotoGPTM circuit visits this spectacular venue.

#84 Jakub Kornfeil:

“This time the oversea trip flew by very quickly. Normally it the time goes by very slowly especially between Australia and Malaysia but now we are already in Sepang and there are only four days left. The goal was to score points in the races and we achieved that, so I am happy. I hope we can get a similar result here in Malaysia but It will be really hard. For the Peugeot bike this track is not the best because it has very long straights and slow corners. Anyway I know this track really well and I am looking forward to ride here. It will be difficult but I like the track so I will do my very best.”

#4 Patrik Pulkkinen:

“I have been running on the track yesterday and I think it is a very difficult one. There are so many different types of corners and the track is very wide so that means there are many different possibilities for a fast line. Anyway I think it will be really cool to ride and I think I will like it. Still I have to see how it goes because it is really technical and for sure not easy to ride. I feel good after my crash in Australia and now I am really looking forward to ride here.”


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