Quartararo gives the Sepang team a home pole position for the Malaysian MotoGP with a new official lap record during a dramatic qualifying.

World champion Marquez spent much of the session following Quartararo, including leaving the pits just behind the Petronas Yamaha rider for the final run... But disaster struck when Marquez suffered a nasty off-throttle highside on entry to Turn 2. 

The Honda rider landed face-first into the track and, while able to walk away, was visibly sore.

"Marc clearly tried to get into Fabio's head and he hit his head," said Sepang team manager Wilco Zeelenberg. "I hope Marc's not injured, but he tried to get into Fabio's head because he knows Fabio is fast."

Fellow Yamaha riders Vinales and Morbidelli will join the French rookie on tomorrow's front row, while Marquez suffered his worst qualifying since 2015.

Tito Rabat is absent due to his hand injury from Motegi. Oliveira tried to return after wrist injuries at Phillip Island, but stopped after just four laps in FP1 and will miss the rest of the weekend. Zarco is making the second of his three appearances for LCR Honda.

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Malaysian MotoGP - Full Qualifying Results
PosRiderNatTeamTime/DiffLapMax
1Fabio QuartararoFRAPetronas Yamaha (YZR-M1)*1'58.303s7/7325k
2Maverick ViñalesSPAMonster Yamaha (YZR-M1)+0.103s6/6325k
3Franco MorbidelliITAPetronas Yamaha (YZR-M1)+0.129s6/7324k
4Jack MillerAUSPramac Ducati (GP19)+0.422s7/7330k
5Cal CrutchlowGBRLCR Honda (RC213V)+0.648s7/7326k
6Valentino RossiITAMonster Yamaha (YZR-M1)+0.697s7/7327k
7Alex RinsSPASuzuki Ecstar (GSX-RR)+0.787s7/7325k
8Danilo PetrucciITADucati Team (GP19)+0.794s7/7330k
9Johann ZarcoFRALCR Honda (RC213V)+0.836s7/7327k
10Andrea DoviziosoITADucati Team (GP19)+0.870s7/7332k
11Marc MarquezSPARepsol Honda (RC213V)+0.875s3/5327k
12Francesco BagnaiaITAPramac Ducati (GP18)*+1.337s6/6327k
 Qualifying 1:     
13Joan MirSPASuzuki Ecstar (GSX-RR)*1'59.374s7/7326k
14Aleix EspargaroSPAFactory Aprilia Gresini (RS-GP)1'59.435s7/7326k
15Pol EspargaroSPARed Bull KTM Factory (RC16)1'59.812s6/6324k
16Karel AbrahamCZEReale Avintia Ducati (GP18)2'0.072s7/7328k
17Andrea IannoneITAFactory Aprilia Gresini (RS-GP)2'0.205s6/6325k
18Jorge LorenzoSPARepsol Honda (RC213V)2'0.478s5/6327k
19Mika KallioFINRed Bull KTM Factory (RC16)2'0.644s6/7322k
20Hafizh SyahrinMALRed Bull KTM Tech3 (RC16)2'1.045s6/6319k

Fastest Friday Time:
Fabio Quartararo FRA Yamaha 1m 58.576s

Official Sepang MotoGP records:
Best lap:
Fabio Quartararo FRA Yamaha 1m 58.576s (2019)
Fastest race lap:
Jorge Lorenzo SPA Yamaha 2m 0.606s (2015)

Unofficial Sepang MotoGP record:
Danilo Petrucci ITA Ducati 1m 58.239s (2019 testing)

 

By Peter McLaren