Pecco Bagnaia and Marc Marquez are in Q2. The Italian went on the attack from the start and quickly took the best time of the session and just as the Ducati Lenovo Team duo entered Q2, Marc Márquez appeared.
Ready for the fight for the direct passage in Q2 and with the threat of rain which hovered over Sepang, the pilots were quick to take to the track, in a session full of stars of the category like Pecco Bagnaia, Jack Miller, Brad Binder, Marc Marquez, Miguel Oliveira, among others.
And from the first laps of the attack in Qualifying, it was precisely Bagnaia who took the lead in 1’58”895, or 0’169” ahead of Miller.
With three laps completed by most drivers, Darryn Binder crashed out, with no problems for the driver apparently.
The session was now in the middle, with the top five like this, before Bagnaia improved his record by more than three tenths and most of the drivers moved onto the track:
Back on track and with Miller ahead of several drivers, with Marc Marquez just behind and looking for a place in Q2, Pecco Bagnaia was on his own. Shortly after, yellow flag in sector 3 after the fall of Aléx Márquez, becoming the third runner on the ground, because Remy Gardner had also fallen.
Bagnaia meanwhile received a call from the team to come to the team garage and change bikes and, seconds later, Miller crashed into turn two on a big highside.
And… lost the Q2 ticket. Marc Marquez, with the clock at zero, beat the Australian and moved up to second place, remaining then 0.233s from Bagnaia. Brad Binder was still third but had to stay in Q1.
Bagnaia and Márquez were in Q2.