MALAYSIAN GP - Ángel Nieto Team riders head to Sepang on the back of best weekend of the season

2018-10-30 01:57
Álvaro Bautista was fourth in Australia in a race that saw Karel Abraham take eleventh

The final round of the MotoGP World Championship takes place this weekend at the Sepang International Circuit in Malaysia, with the runner-up position very much up for grabs. Fifteen points separate Andrea Dovizioso and Valentino Rossi, with Maverick Viñales another fifteen further back, as the trio chase the honour of being next best to Marc Márquez, who could afford his DNF in Australia after wrapping up the title in Japan. With Cal Crutchlow set to miss out in Malaysia through injury, Danilo Petrucci and Johann Zarco will battle for the honour of best Independent rider, with fifteen points also between them.

The Ángel Nieto Team head to Malaysia with two riders bang in form after best results of the season in Australia for both Álvaro Bautista and Karel Abraham. The Spaniard took fourth at Phillip Island, riding the factory Ducati GP18 in place of Jorge Lorenzo, and he is looking to fight at the front again at Sepang to round off a strong run of flyaway races. His teammate Karel Abraham took eleventh place at Phillip Island to double his points tally for the season. This weekend the Czech rider shifts back to his Ducati GP16, the race-winning bike at Sepang in 2016, and he is hoping it can power him to another points finish.

Álvaro Bautista: “We go to Malaysia in even higher spirits if that were possible because this trip is turning out to be really positive. We are on an upward curve, constantly improving. Sepang is one of my favourite tracks, it has a bit of everything and the objective as always will be to have some good practice sessions, work well with the bike and look for a place in Q2. We have seen that if we can start with the front guys we can run with them, so qualifying is very important. Then we can aim for a top ten, which is what we can achieve with the material we have.”

Karel Abraham: “I am going to Malaysia looking forward to racing again and fighting for more points, even though I don’t like the weather conditions there. At Sepang I won’t be riding the Ducati GP17, which I had my best result of the season on in Australia, but I will be back on my usual bike to give my best as always.”

Source: Ángel Nieto Team

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