• Marquez eyes bigger lead at Sepang

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    Repsol Honda Team’s Spanish rider Marc Marquez (left) and Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS Australian rider Jack Miller steer their bike during the third practice session of 2016 MotoGP Malaysian Grand Prix at Sepang International circuit on Saturday. AFP PHOTO

    Repsol Honda Team’s Spanish rider Marc Marquez (left) and Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS Australian rider Jack Miller steer their bike during the third practice session of 2016 MotoGP Malaysian Grand Prix at Sepang International circuit on Saturday. AFP PHOTO

    SEPANG, Malaysia: Repsol Honda Team’s Marc Marquez is eyeing to extend his lead in the MotoGP standing when he takes on the opposition in the Shell Malaysia Motorcycle Grand Prix at the Sepang International Circuit today.

    Sitting at first place, Marquez of Spain has amassed 273 points after 16 rounds in the current MotoGp season. Trailing him are Italy’s Valentino Rossi with 216, Spain’s Jorge Lorenzo, Maverick Viñales, and Dani Pedrosa with 192, 181, and 155 points, respectively.

    Marquez lost control of the front brake of his motorcycle during the 10th lap, crashing his way out of the Michelin Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix at the Philip Island and paving way for Cal Crutchlow to win last October 23.

    Great Britain’s Crutchlow from LCR Honda finished the 24 laps of the race in 40 minutes and 40.543 seconds in the centerpiece MotoGP division. Rossi of Movistar Yamaha MotoGP and Viñales of Team Suzuki Ecstar finished at second and third, respectively.

    Italy’s Andrea Dovizioso of Ducati Team finished fourth, followed by Spain’s Pol Espargaro of Monster Yamaha Tech 3.

    Meanwhile, Johann Zarco of France leads the Moto2 tally with 226 points, followed by Thomas Luthi of Switzerland with 204. Alex Rins of Spain trails by three points with 201.

    Representing Garage Plus Inter­wetten, Luthi took the lead in the Australian race with 39 minutes and 15.891 seconds. Italy’s Franco Morbi­delli and Germany’s Sandro Cortese finished second and third, respectively.

    In the Moto3 category, Brad Binder of South Africa holds the advantage with 294 points. At distant second place is Enea Bastianini of Italy with 164, followed by Jorge Navarro of Spain with 143.

    Binder of Red Bull KTM Ajo also dominated the recently concluded Philip Island competition in 16 minutes and 22.009 seconds. Andrea Locatelli of Italy placed second, while Aron Canet of Spain trailed behind in third place.

    The MotoGP was created by the Fédération Internationale de Motocyclisme in 1949. Known as one of the oldest motor sports championships in the world with 18 races in a season, it has three categories: MotoGP; Moto2; and Moto3.

    In the MotoGP division, the riders are allowed to utilize engines with a displacement of 1,000 cc, four cylinders and bore of 88 mm. The Moto2 riders use motorcycles that are powered by production 600-cc four-stroke engines. In the Moto3 category, riders use four-stroke, 250-cc, single-cylinder engines. Three champions are awarded at the end of the season.

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