Marc Marquez takes his 80th pole position in all classes at the Malaysian Grand Prix at the Sepang International Circuit with a 2.12.161 despite a crash at turn 4 with a few minutes to go.
After a lengthy wait during a red flag for a lot of water on the track due to the downpour of rain at the start of Q1, qualifying finally got underway. Both Alvaro Bautista and Aleix Espargaro made it through into Q2.
Johann Zarco qualified in second place +0.548 on the independent Tech 3 Yamaha behind Marquez and Valentino Rossi completes the front row as he qualified in third place on the factory Yamaha.
Andrea Iannone will start the race in fourth place, alongside Andrea Dovizioso who crashed at the very end of the session and Jack Miller completes the second row.
Danilo Petrucci starts behind his Pramac Ducati teammate in seventh, Alex Rins in eighth and Alvaro Bautista in ninth.
Dani Pedrosa starts tenth alongside Maverick Vinales, who was running on his second bike due to a big crash in FP4, and Aleix Espargaro will start in 12th for tomorrow’s race.
Scott Redding qualified in 13th alongside Ducati test rider Michele Pirro in 14th and Xavier Simeon completes the fifth row.
The two KTM’s Pol Espargaro and Bradley Smith qualified on the sixth row with Tom Luthi joining them.
Current top rookie Franco Morbidelli will start tomorrow’s race in 19th, Stefan Bradl in 20th and Karel Abraham in 21st.
Takaaki Nakagami and Hafizh Syahrin start on the back row.
Jordi Torres did not take part in qualifying due to an injury he picked up during his crash in FP4.