MotoGP Malaysia 2013 Results: Reaction, Stats, Standings, Post-Race Analysis

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MotoGP Malaysia 2013 Results: Reaction, Stats, Standings, Post-Race Analysis
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Marc Marquez may have finished behind Honda Repsol teammate Dani Pedrosa for first place at this Sunday’s Malaysia MotoGP, but he still extended his lead in the standings to 43 points.

The result was Marquez’s 10th consecutive podium finish this season. The Spaniard can tie up his first World Championship next week in Australia, as long as several other performers don’t get their desired finishes.

2013 Malaysia MotoGP Results
Pos. Points Num. Rider Nation Team Bike
1 25 26 Dani PEDROSA SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda
2 20 93 Marc MARQUEZ SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda
3 16 99 Jorge LORENZO SPA Yamaha Factory Racing Yamaha
4 13 46 Valentino ROSSI ITA Yamaha Factory Racing Yamaha
5 11 19 Alvaro BAUTISTA SPA GO&FUN Honda Gresini Honda
6 10 35 Cal CRUTCHLOW GBR Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha
7 9 38 Bradley SMITH GBR Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha
8 8 4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO ITA Ducati Team Ducati
9 7 41 Aleix ESPARGARO SPA Power Electronics Aspar ART
10 6 68 Yonny HERNANDEZ COL Ignite Pramac Racing Ducati
11 5 7 Hiroshi AOYAMA JPN Avintia Blusens FTR
12 4 14 Randy DE PUNIET FRA Power Electronics Aspar ART

This is the second year in a row that Pedrosa has triumphed in Malaysia. He overtook Jorge Lorenzo on the fifth lap to take first place before going on to win by 2.757 seconds.

This also marks Pedrosa’s first stage win since May of this year. The Sepang International Circuit appears to be a site of particularly good fortune for the 28-year-old.

The Britons didn’t fare too well in Malaysia, as Carl Crutchlow and Bradley Smith ran out sixth and seventh-place finishes, respectively.

Race Reaction

Marquez’s third second-place finish in his last four races is his worst patch of form since June, but it's still an incredible achievement given that he’s placed outside the top three just once this year, a retirement in Italy.

Twitter reacted to the result with attention still focused primarily on the 20-year-old's heroics:

As aforementioned, Pedrosa’s win only worked in prolonging the inevitable of Marquez eventually claiming the riders’ championship. And in his rookie year, no less.

2013 MotoGP Riders' Standings
Pos. Rider Bike Nation Points
1 Marc MARQUEZ Honda SPA 298
2 Jorge LORENZO Yamaha SPA 255
3 Dani PEDROSA Honda SPA 244
4 Valentino ROSSI Yamaha ITA 198
5 Cal CRUTCHLOW Yamaha GBR 166
6 Alvaro BAUTISTA Honda SPA 136
7 Stefan BRADL Honda GER 135
8 Andrea DOVIZIOSO Ducati ITA 120
9 Nicky HAYDEN Ducati USA 102
10 Bradley SMITH Yamaha GBR 89
12 Michele PIRRO Ducati ITA 50
13 Andrea IANNONE Ducati ITA 47
14 Colin EDWARDS FTR Kawasaki USA 32
15 Hector BARBERA FTR SPA 29
17 Danilo PETRUCCI Ioda-Suter ITA 23
18 Yonny HERNANDEZ Ducati COL 17
19 Hiroshi AOYAMA FTR JPN 13
20 Claudio CORTI FTR Kawasaki ITA 11
21 Ben SPIES Ducati USA 9
22 Alex DE ANGELIS Ducati RSM 5
24 Michael LAVERTY PBM GBR 3
25 Bryan STARING FTR Honda AUS 2
26 Javier DEL AMOR FTR SPA 1

The youngster has been nothing short of a revelation to the sport. He never quite settles for being sufficient and showed once more in Malaysia that he’s eager to battle for the top spot.

For now, Pedrosa will savour what’s been a rare victory for him this year and hang onto the notion that he’s still capable of posing a threat to the best in the sport. He's currently on track to challenge Lorenzo for second place overall.

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