MotoGP™ riders swap two wheels for four in Sepang

Thursday, 18 October 2012

At the pre-event marking the Malaysian Motorcycle Grand Prix, MotoGP™ riders swapped two wheels for four in a hard-fought go-karting event at the Sepang track, with a youngster showing the old guard how it’s done.

Two qualifying sessions determined a grid of ten to fight it out for top spot, with Andrea Dovizioso, Dominique Aegerter, Sandro Cortese, Pol Espargaró, Maverick Viñales, Arthur Sissis, Danny Webb, Danny Kent, Marcel Schrötter and Jack Miller making it onto the grid.

And just as can happen in a MotoGP™ race there was drama from the off as Espargaró nearly crashed lining up on the starting grip after suffering technical problems with his kart. This was quickly replaced, yet then it was his compatriot Viñales who suffered an issue right after the start and dropped of the pace after the first few bends. Webb followed suit and crashed at turn 2 after also suffering mechanical problems.

In the race itself it was Australian youngster Sissis who led the way to take the hat trick of win, pole position and fastest lap, with Aegerter and Schrötter completing the rostrum. Completing the top five were Dovizioso and Cortese. It was later discovered that the Ajo KTM contingent had tested at the track the day before, albeit citing this did not count, as it was with 4-stroke karts rather than with the 2-stroke ones they raced with.

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