2016 Sepang MotoGP Exclusive Photos
It still amazes us how fast MotoGP riders can pilot their perspective prototypes when conditions are wet. Sunday’s Malaysian Grand Prix at Sepang International Circuit was held under extremely wet conditions, but the riders appeared smooth and, of course, quick.
When the race wrapped up, winner Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati Team) posted a best lap of 2:11.950—just over 11 seconds off the Circuit Record (2:00.606, Jorge Lorenzo, 2015). Quite impressive, and shows the amazing technology that Michelin has already put into its rain tires during its first season with MotoGP.
Dovizioso was quick throughout Saturday’s wet sessions, and claimed his second pole of the season there—the other pole arriving at a wet Assen. Dovizioso worked hard for his win, battling for a while with nine-time World Champion Valentino Rossi. But when Rossi ran wide towards the end of the race, Dovizioso capitalized on the opportunity, and opened a considerable gap.
When Sepang MotoGP was completed, Dovizioso claimed Ducati’s second win this season (other by Andrea Iannone at Red Bull Ring) by 3.115 seconds ahead of Rossi, and 11.924 seconds ahead of Lorenzo.
To show just how amazing these guys are in the rain, we uploaded an exclusive photo gallery from the photographer we have covering overseas racing. Enjoy!
Photos by Luciano Bianchetto