Marquez slapped with grid penalty for obstructing Iannone

The incident for which Marc Marquez was penalised pic: MotoGP Twitter

Marc Marquez has been hit with a six-position grid penalty for getting in the way of Andrea Iannone during qualifying for the Malaysian MotoGP.

Marquez, who finished over half a second faster than the rest in a weather-affected qualifying process at Sepang, was riding slowly on an out lap when the Suzuki Ecstar rider came up on him at Turn 9.

Iannone had to slow and expressed his displeasure by gesturing towards the Repsol Honda rider on-track.

Marquez sought out Iannone as they took their practice starts at the end of the session to apologise, which the Italian appeared to have accepted by giving the Spaniard a ‘thumbs up’.

“On 03 November 2018 at 17:08 during the MotoGP Q2 of the SHELL MALAYSIA MOTORCYCLE GRAND PRIX, at turn 9 you were found to be riding in an irresponsible manner being slow on the racing line and disturbing another rider,” read the official notification of sanction.

“This contravenes Article 1.21.2 of the FIM World Championship Grand Prix Regulations ‘Riders must ride in a responsible manner which does not cause danger to other competitors or participants, either on the track or in the pit lane.’”

The incident is virtually the same as that which cost Marquez a pole position start for the United States race in April, when he held up Maverick Viñales.

His punishment on this occasion is six positions rather than three due to the repeat nature of the infringement.

Johann Zarco (Tech3 Yamaha) will therefore start from first position, next to Valentino Rossi (Movistar Yamaha) and Iannone.

Jack Miller moves to the middle of Row 2, between fourth-placed Ducati factory rider Andrea Dovizioso and the other Pramac Ducati of Danilo Petrucci.

Race start is scheduled for 1600 AEDT on Sunday.

Starting grid: Malaysian MotoGP Updated

Pos Num Rider Nat Team Bike Time
1 5 Johann ZARCO FRA Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 2:12.709
2 46 Valentino ROSSI ITA Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 2:13.009
3 29 Andrea IANNONE ITA Team SUZUKI ECSTAR Suzuki 2:13.097
4 04 Andrea DOVIZIOSO ITA Ducati Team Ducati 2:13.183
5 43 Jack MILLER AUS Alma Pramac Racing Ducati 2:13.274
6 9 Danilo PETRUCCI ITA Alma Pramac Racing Ducati 2:13.413
7 93 Marc MARQUEZ ESP Repsol Honda Team Honda 2:12.161  Penalty
8 42 Alex RINS ESP Team SUZUKI ECSTAR Suzuki 2:13.463
9 19 Alvaro BAUTISTA ESP Angel Nieto Team Ducati 2:14.185
10 26 Dani PEDROSA ESP Repsol Honda Team Honda 2:14.443
11 25 Maverick VIÑALES ESP Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 2:14.856
12 41 Aleix ESPARGARO ESP Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia 2:15.340
13 45 Scott REDDING GBR Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia 2:13.786 Q1
14 51 Michele PIRRO ITA Ducati Team Ducati 2:13.823 Q1
15 10 Xavier SIMEON BEL Reale Avintia Racing Ducati 2:13.971 Q1
16 44 Pol ESPARGARO ESP Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 2:14.132 Q1
17 38 Bradley SMITH GBR Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 2:14.332 Q1
18 12 Thomas LUTHI SUI EG 0,0 Marc VDS Honda 2:14.843 Q1
19 21 Franco MORBIDELLI ITA EG 0,0 Marc VDS Honda 2:14.994 Q1
20 6 Stefan BRADL GER LCR Honda CASTROL Honda 2:15.364 Q1
21 17 Karel ABRAHAM CZE Angel Nieto Team Ducati 2:15.679 Q1
22 30 Takaaki NAKAGAMI JPN LCR Honda IDEMITSU Honda 2:16.558 Q1
23 55 Hafizh SYAHRIN MAL Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 2:16.825 Q1

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