THE MOTORSPORT LAP
Honda tops again on Sepang circuit
Rossi crashes out of Malaysian MotoGP, handing win to Marquez
World champion Marc Marquez won his ninth race of the MotoGP season after Italian great Valentino Rossi crashed out four laps from the finish while leading the Malaysian Grand Prix on Sunday. Marquez wrapped up his fifth world title with three races to spare in Japan in October but looked like having to settle for second place at the Sepang International Circuit. Seven-times world champion Rossi had streaked past pole-sitter Johann Zarco at the start and built up a lead when he fell off his bike. Marquez, who had topped the times in qualifying but relegated six places on the grid for impeding Suzuki’s Andrea Iannone, safely negotiated the remaining four laps to secure his 44th win in the top class of grand prix racing. The Spaniard’s victory also secured the constructors’ championship for Honda for the fourth consecutive year with one round of the season left. Alex Rins finished second for Suzuki ahead of Yamaha rider Zarco with Rossi’s teammate Maverick Vinales, who gave Yamaha a f...