Alex Hofmann's MotoGP Round Up from Malaysia

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What a crazy day of racing at Sepang! First we had Sandro Cortese crowned Moto3 World Champion, then Marc Márquez crashed out of Moto2 with one hand on the trophy, and to top it all off MotoGP red flagged as a monsoon hit the circuit!

This time around Malaysia showed just how huge a factor the weather can be here. Rain is always expected here but we've been lucky in recent years. However, this time it just fell out of the sky! In the end the fact they stopped the race is more than correct, but for Race Direction it's very difficult to make the decision of when is the right time to stop it. So many people went down, and in the same corner, and then Jorge Lorenzo nearly went down too. For some guys it was maybe a lap or two late...

A win for Dani Pedrosa was a perfect result for the Championship. Dani is really going for it, he's giving it his all in every single session. Rain has not always been his favourite condition but a first win in the wet shows just how hard he is riding in an attempt to push Jorge Lorenzo all the way for the title. Now we're going to the next race at Phillip Island with 23 points between them, and it's getting very, very interesting with just two races to go.

Before the race we knew the chances were going to be higher of having a good result for the Ducati guys given the weather conditions. Valentino Rossi was there in the beginning and was pushing hard straight away, fighting from the first lap.

Nicky Hayden came through the field so strong and once he picked up confidence he was flying! It was brilliant to see after everything he's been through in the last few races. It would have been interesting to see what would have happened if they had the re-start, which could have happened if conditions didn't deteriorate after the red flag. It would have been very, very interesting to see those guys go for seven laps, because Nicky would have started from position four and Valentino from fifth. It would have been a great race!

We'll see Dani pushing to the very limit again in Phillip Island and Jorge holding on, so it's going to be extremely intriguing. Those two are pushing one another to a different level. Even here in the wet no one else had an answer for what they showed from the opening lap. We'll see that again in Australia where I'm sure Jorge will have an answer, and where the Ducati boys will be eager to end this series of flyaway races with strong results. Valentino's loved this track and been really successful in the past, and Nicky's enjoyed strong results here before too.

There we will have to watch the weather of course... We could be lucky and have 25ºC, or have 5ºC and wind and rain so I think everyone will be wrapped up warm! It will be challenging, the track is very fast – the fastest on the calendar – and most of the riders love the circuit which also makes for great racing all the time!
 

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