2016 Sepang MotoGP Results
Once Ducati Team’s Andrea Dovizioso claimed pole at Sepang MotoGP for the Malaysian Grand Prix, the speculation began—could he become the ninth different winner this season?
Could “Demsmo Dovi” break the record of eight different MotoGP winners in season with a win at Sepang International Circuit? Jorge Lorenzo, Valentino Rossi, Jack Miller, Marc Marquez, Andrea Iannone, Cal Crutchlow, Maverick Vinales and Dani Pedrosa had already emerged victorious this season.
The only other time this happened was during the 2000 500cc GP Championship when eight different riders topped the podium: Kenny Roberts Jr, Garry McCoy, Rossi, Max Biaggi, Alex Barros, Alex Criville, Loris Capirossi and Norick Abe.
Riding under wet conditions Saturday during the penultimate round, Dovizioso claimed the pole—the fifth of his career—qualifying over 0.2 of a second ahead of the Movistar Yamaha MotoGP duo of Rossi and Lorenzo, respectively. He showed impressive performance in the rain, and the conditions only worsened for Sunday’s 20-lap MotoGP.
Dovizioso was once again able to capitalize in wet conditions, and pilot his Desmosedici GP16 to the second victory of his MotoGP career (first at Donington Park 2009). Joining Dovizioso on the podium were the same YZR-M1 pilots who qualified on the front row—Rossi and Lorenzo, respectively.
The 30-year-old Italian now enters the MotoGP history books. This is the first season throughout the series’ 68-year history when nine different riders claimed victory. This was also Ducati’s second win since Iannone claimed the top spot at the Red Bull Ring in Austria in August, ending Ducati’s five-year drought; before Iannone’s victory, the last time Ducati won was at the 2010 Australian Grand Prix (Casey Stoner).
“It was very important for me to win a race this year,” Dovizioso says. “I’ve been trying for so long and I’ve come close on several occasions, so satisfaction for today’s result is truly immense. I really powered to the win, because in the first half of the race I could not push too hard, but I didn’t give up, I didn’t make any mistakes and at the right time I passed both Iannone and Rossi and set my own pace.
“I am very happy about the improvements we have made this year, both in the bike and with my team, but also on a personal level. I am working hard also for next year and this win, which has come at the end of the season, is just reward for all the efforts.”
2016 Sepang MotoGP Recap
Lorenzo got to turn one first, followed by the 2016 MotoGP Champion Repsol Honda’s Marc Marquez, who qualified fourth. Soon it was a battle between Lorenzo, Marquez, Rossi and the Ducati Team of Dovizioso and Andrea Iannone, who returned after a four-race hiatus (broke T3 vertebrae at Misano practice).
Suzuki’s Maverick Vinales got in the mix, but slid out at turn one; he was able to rejoin in eighth—the same position he qualified.
Rossi won the battle, and began lap two in the lead, followed by Iannone, Dovizioso, Marquez and Team Ecstar Suzuki’s Aleix Espargaro. But Rossi’s time out front was short lived; Iannone passed him and a duel began between the two Italians.
Iannone held the lead through lap 10, and from there Rossi took over. Behind, on lap 11, Marquez crashed on turn 11, but was able to rejoin the grid. On the following lap, Iannone—after being passed by teammate Dovizioso—crashed out of third place at turn nine. He walked away, but was unable to rejoin. The crashes weren’t over, though; LCR Honda’s Cal Crutchlow and Pull & Bear Aspar Team’s Yonny Hernandez wrecked with eight laps to go.
From there another battle of the Italians began, this time between Rossi and Dovizioso. The nine-time World Champion held the lead until going wide at turn 1 at the beginning of lap 15. This provided Dovizioso a chance to open up a lead, and he did just that. He went on to claim the win by 3.115 seconds ahead of Rossi, and 11.924 seconds ahead of five-time World Champion Lorenzo.
The battle for fourth was a duel between Avintia Racing Ducati teammates Hector Barbera and Loris Baz. Barbera would win that battle, finishing ahead of Baz and Vinales. Rounding out the top 10 were Aprilia Racing Team Gresini’s Alvaro Bautista, Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS Racing Honda’s Jack mIller, Monster Yamaha Tech 3’s Pol Espargaro, and Octo Pramac Yaknich Ducati’s Danilo Petrucci.
The 2016 MotoGP Championship now breaks for two weeks before the season finale at Valencia, where Lorenzo and Repsol Honda’s Dani Pedrosa are tied for most wins with three. But could someone new emerge, and make a 10th different winner in a single season?
2016 Sepang MotoGP Results
1. A. DOVIZIOSO DUCATI TEAM 42’27.333
2. V. ROSSI MOVISTAR YAMAHA MOTOGP + 3.115
3. J. LORENZO MOVISTAR YAMAHA MOTOGP + 11.924
4. H. BARBERA AVINTIA RACING + 19.916
5. L. BAZ AVINTIA RACING + 21.353
6. M. VIÑALES TEAM SUZUKI ECSTAR + 22.932
7. A. BAUTISTA APRILIA RACING TEAM GRESINI + 25.829
8. J. MILLER ESTRELLA GALICIA 0,0 MARC VDS + 32.746
9. P. ESPARGARÒ MONSTER YAMAHA TECH3 + 33.704
10. D. PETRUCCI OCTO PRAMAC YAKHNICH + 34.280
11. M. MARQUEZ REPSOL HONDA TEAM + 36.480
12. E. LAVERTY PULL & BEAR ASPAR TEAM + 36.638
13. A. ESPARGARÒ TEAM SUZUKI ECSTAR + 36.897
14. B. SMITH MONSTER YAMAHA TECH3 + 45.609
15. S. REDDING OCTO PRAMAC YAKHNICH + 49.779
16. H. AOYAMA REPSOL HONDA TEAM + 52.665
17. S. BRADL APRILIA RACING TEAM GRESINI + 52.784
18. T. RABAT ESTRELLA GALICIA 0,0 MARC VDS + 54.891
19. A. IANNONE DUCATI TEAM N.C. (7 laps)
20. C. CRUTCHLOW LCR HONDA N.C. (8 laps)
21. Y. HERNANDEZ PULL & BEAR ASPAR TEAM N.C. (8 laps)
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