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.
|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 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.
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:
Marquez rode for title today. Realised was 2 risky trying 2 chase Pedrosa and knew chance to grab 43pt lead 2 good 2 waste— Matthew Birt (@birtymotogp) October 13, 2013
Pedrosa "Great feeling to be back after the huge crash - Came back strong and win this one for my fans and for my team"— Moto Race Feed (@MotoRaceFeed) October 13, 2013
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.
|14||Colin EDWARDS||FTR Kawasaki||USA||32|
|16||Randy DE PUNIET||ART||FRA||27|
|20||Claudio CORTI||FTR Kawasaki||ITA||11|
|22||Alex DE ANGELIS||Ducati||RSM||5|
|25||Bryan STARING||FTR Honda||AUS||2|
|26||Javier DEL AMOR||FTR||SPA||1|
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.