MotoGP Grand Prix of Malaysia 2018: Race Schedule, Live Stream and Top Riders

Rob Blanchette@@_Rob_BFeatured ColumnistNovember 2, 2018

PHILLIP ISLAND, AUSTRALIA - OCTOBER 28:  Marc Marquez of Spain and Repsol Honda Team during the 2018 MotoGP of Australia at Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit on October 28, 2018 in Phillip Island, Australia.  (Photo by Robert Cianflone/Getty Images)
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Repsol Honda can wrap up the team and constructor world championship titles at the 2018 MotoGP Grand Prix of Malaysia on Sunday, with superstar rider Marc Marquez already crowned as this season's champion.

Marquez collected his fifth world championship after winning in Japan, and the Spaniard now hopes to lead his team to further glory.

The 25-year-old crashed out in the last race in Australia after colliding with Johann Zarco. The calendar has only two events left, with Marquez hoping for a better luck to cap a magnificent campaign.

Here's how you can watch the action unfold at the Sepang International Circuit.


Race Schedule                                            

Saturday, Nov. 3

MotoGP Q1: 7:10 a.m. GMT/3:10 a.m. ET

MotoGP Q2: 7:35 a.m. GMT/3:35 a.m. ET


Sunday, Nov. 4

MotoGP WUP: 1:40 a.m. GMT/9:40 p.m. ET (Saturday)

MotoGP Race: 7 a.m. GMT/2 a.m. ET

BT Sport (UK) and BeIN Sports (U.S.) will carry coverage of the event. For live-stream options, access the BT Sport App or beIN Sports Connect.


Top Riders

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There's no doubting Marquez's pedigree as one of the greatest of all time since collecting his fifth MotoGP title in six years, but the competition will be heated in the final two races in Malaysia and Valencia.

A fight for second place might not sound like the most dramatic piece of theatre, but three world-class riders are battling it out.

Andrea Dovizioso, Valentino Rossi and Maverick Vinales are all within 30 points of each other, ensuring there will be plenty of motivation left on the circuit in Sepang.

Vinales grabbed the victory in Australia, with Dovizioso in third and Rossi placing sixth.

The 23-year-old's win was Yamaha's first in 25 races.

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Marquez wants to see his team complete their title charge on Sunday, with Repsol Honda suffering two DNFs in the previous race.

According to Haydn Cobb of Crash, the champion declared he is ready to push on and achieve further collective titles.

Marquez said:

"We had quite an eventful race in Australia and it was a pity we couldn't fight until the end, but that's gone now and we look forward to the next round in Malaysia with our usual spirit and positive mentality.

"We still have our target of two more titles to achieve, and we also want to try and win again if we have the chance to do so.

"Malaysia is a demanding round from a physical point of view but that's something we're prepared to deal with, so we'll keep our concentration high and try to start strong beginning on Friday morning."

MotoGP celebrated the riders via Twitter ahead of the forthcoming race:

MotoGP™🏁🇲🇾 @MotoGP

The boys are back in town🇲🇾 https://t.co/2HKb1dIx4w

Rossi will be attempting to earn his first win of the season in Malaysia; his Yamaha has failed to deliver him the speed he's needed to get to the top of the podium this year.

The racing icon has produced strong consistency throughout the campaign, but there has been a lack of competitive verve from the Italian over the past 12 months.

Repsol Honda have continued to shine, and with Marquez leading the charge, they have been irresistible for long periods.

Team-mate Dani Pedrosa has struggled to match Marquez's consistency and resides in 12th in the standings.

If Pedrosa can finish the season strongly, it should be a simple journey to overall victory for the team.