Quartararo’s unwanted record as he tries to defend his title

The PETRONAS Grand Prix of Malaysia was always expected to produce drama as the MotoGP™ World Championship goes on the line, but no one could have predicted what unfolded on qualifying day at the Sepang International Circuit. Enea Bastianini (Gresini Racing MotoGP™) has qualified second for his fifth front row start so far this season. He will be aiming to win for the first time since Emilia-Romagna last year (364 days, almost one year). He will be aiming to stand on the podium for the second time, along with Assen when he finished P2. He will be aiming to take back-to-back MotoGP™ wins for the first time. After passing through Q1, Francesco Bagnaia (Ducati Lenovo Team), who crashed in FP3 as well as in Q2, has qualified ninth, which is the fifth time so far this year he has failed to make the front two rows. Third in the Championship, Aleix Espargaro (Aprilia Racing) has qualified 10th, which is only the fifth time so far this year he won’t start from the front three rows (including Japan, when he started from pitlane due to a technical problem).

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