Francesco Bagnaia wins the Malaysian GP. Because Fabio Quartararo is fighting for third place, the MotoGP World Championship decision has been postponed to the last race in Valencia. The World Championship decision in MotoGP will not be made until the season finale on November 6th in Valencia.
The victory was not enough for Ducati rider Francesco Bagnaia at the Malaysian Grand Prix in Sepang on Sunday as his competitor and defending champion Fabio Quartararo finished third on a Yamaha. Bagnaia's brand colleague Enea Bastianini landed between the two.
Jorge Martin, who started from the pole position, was another Ducati man who retired while in the lead. Bagnaia's lead over Quartararo is a whopping 23 points before the showdown, dooming the Frenchman to victory in Spain.
For the Italian, on the other hand, a place in the top ten is easily enough for his first title in the premier class. This would also be the first Ducati World Championship triumph since 2007.
Francesco Bagnaia wins the Malaysian GP
“Now I can relax!” said a jubilant Bagnaia, who now just needs to finish higher than 15th in Spain to be crowned world champion for the first time.
“The weekend was quite tough after the mistakes I did yesterday. For Valencia, we have to understand that we can be strong without forcing like we did yesterday. Today our pace was good enough without doing crazy things”.
“Today we did a really, really good job in terms of the championship. It’s also my seventh win, so we can be very happy,” said Bagnaia. His only remaining World Cup rival Quartararo was happy to have avoided losing the title with his first podium since Spielberg.
“I gave my all, I’m proud of myself. It had been a long time since I had made a podium. We had a good race. Even though I don’t have many chances left, the title hasn’t been awarded in Malaysia”. said a visibly satisfied Fabio Quartararo after the race.
One minute of applause instead of silence for Mateschitz
"The music doesn't just play to celebrate his life, the music is always playing. The point being that he would not have wanted anything to be done differently after his passing," Coulthard said in a Viaplay broadcast.
Whether Red Bull wins or loses today, Mateschitz's life and what he has made of Red Bull Racing will be celebrated. Before the race, the deceased Red Bull founder Dietrich Mateschitz was commemorated with one minute of applause instead of a minute's silence.
Red Bull is represented in the motorcycle world championship, among other things, as the main partner of the KTM works team.