Sepang - Reigning world champion Marc Marquez won a season record-equalling
12th MotoGP race with victory at the Malaysian Grand Prix on Sunday.
Honda-riding Spaniard, who sealed his title defence in Japan two weeks
ago, had a poor start on pole but clawed his way back to the front to
finish nearly three seconds ahead of runner-up Valentino Rossi.
rider Jorge Lorenzo briefly held the lead early but was reeled in to
finish third, while Honda's Dani Pedrosa was forced to retire after
crashing twice in his eight laps.
Marquez's win brought him equal
with Australian Mick Doohan's 12 race wins from 1997 and the 21-year-old
has a chance to own the record with victory in the final race at
The win also sealed the constructor's title for Honda, their 21st in premier class racing.
will head to Valencia on 337 points, carrying a 62-point lead over
Yamaha's Italian great Rossi. Lorenzo remains third in the championship
on 263 points ahead of Pedrosa.
German Stefan Bradl was fourth on a Honda, with Yamaha's Briton Bradley Smith fifth.