The PETRONAS Grand Prix of Malaysia was always expected to produce drama as the MotoGP™ World Championship goes on the line, but no one could have predicted what unfolded on qualifying day at the Sepang International Circuit. Francesco Bagnaia (Ducati Lenovo Team) is trying to convert Match Point this weekend but will start ninth after a crash in Q2, yet he is still further up on the grid than his key rivals, Aleix Espargaro (Aprilia Racing) and Fabio Quartararo (Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP™). Unlike Bagnaia and Espargaro, Quartararo did not take a tumble in Q2, but he did set an unwanted personal record this season. Read on to find out about that and more in the 10 things you need to know.
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