The 18th spherical of the 2023 season marks the start of the ultimate run to the tip of the marketing campaign, with three grands prix coming as much as resolve the destiny of the championship.
Pramac Ducati’s Martin trails reigning world champion Francesco Bagnaia by 13 factors coming to the Sepang spherical, and kicked off the weekend quickest of all in FP1.
Martin snatched high spot late on with a run on contemporary medium rubber to finest Marquez, who led for a lot of the session on his Gresini Ducati.
Bagnaia’s usually low-key strategy to Friday mornings in 2023 continued in Malaysia, with the manufacturing unit crew Ducati rider fifteenth.
Aprilia’s Aleix Espargaro kicked off proceedings with the primary reference lap of the session at 2m02.066s inside the primary 5 minutes.
Martin took over from Espargaro with a 2m00.984s a number of moments later, earlier than Alex Marquez started his keep on the head of the instances with a 2m00.680s.
With simply over half an hour to go, Marquez improved to a 2m00.530s, which might stand because the benchmark till the closing 10 minutes.
He could be deposed by Yamaha’s Franco Morbidelli, who posted a 2m00.055s on a contemporary exhausting rear tyre.
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Alex Marquez, Gresini Racing
However a late cost from Martin, who posted a 1m59.513s on a brand new medium rear, would safe the Spaniard high spot.
Marquez folded in behind with a 1m59.562s on the finish of the session, whereas Johann Zarco accomplished the highest three on the second Pramac Ducati.
Espargaro crashed on the final nook with round 17 minutes to go, together with his RS-GP briefly spitting flames from the rear of the bike earlier than the marshals put the hearth out.
Reigning World Superbike champion Alvaro Bautista was twenty second out of 23 riders as he makes a Ducati wildcard look.
Marking his first grand prix session because the 2018 Valencia GP, Bautista was 3.003s off the tempo, forward of solely LCR Honda substitute Iker Lecuona.
MotoGP Malaysian GP FP1 outcomes