This will be the 30th Malaysian Grand Prix, which has been held every year since the first visit in 1991 except in 2020 and 2021 when the Malaysian GPs were cancelled due to Covid-19 pandemic.
The Malaysian Grand Prix has taken place on three different tracks: Shah Alam, Johor and Sepang. The first Malaysian Grand Prix held at the Shah Alam circuit in 1991 saw a debut win in the premier class for John Kocinski riding a Yamaha. Italian riders dominated the smaller classes with Luca Cadalora (Honda) winning the 250cc race and Loris Capirossi (Honda) in 125cc.
The Shah Alam circuit hosted the Malaysian Grand Prix for a total of seven years before it moved to Johor for a single year in 1998. The first Malaysian GP to be held at Sepang was in 1999 and this will be the 22nd time that Sepang has hosted the event.
Since the introduction of MotoGP in 2002, Honda have had six wins in the class at Sepang including four in a row from 2012 to 2015, with Dani Pedrosa (2012, 2013, 2015) and Marc Marquez (2014). The most recent Honda win is Marquez in 2018 after qualifying on pole, although he got a grid penalty and started seventh.
Yamaha have had six MotoGP wins at Sepang, four with Valentino Rossi (2004, 2006, 2008 and 2010), one
with Max Biaggi (2002) and one with Maverick Viñales (2019).
Ducati have had five MotoGP wins at Sepang with three riders: Loris Capirossi (2005), Casey Stoner (2007 and 2009) and Andrea Dovizioso in both 2016 and 2017.
Dovizioso was the top Ducati rider in 2019 in third place.
The best result for Suzuki at Sepang in MotoGP is second with Alex Rins in 2018. However, Kenny Roberts Jr. won the 500cc race at Sepang in both 1999 and 2000.
Aprilia best MotoGP result at Sepang: seventh with Alvaro Bautista in 2016. In 2019, Aleix Espargaro was the top Aprilia rider at Sepang in 13th place.
In 2017, Pol Espargaro crossed the line in 10th place at Sepang, which is the best result for KTM at this track
in the premier class.
Over the last six MotoGP races at Sepang, a rider qualifying within the top three has gone on to win the race.
Dani Pedrosa in 2013 is the last rider to win the MotoGP race at Sepang after qualifying off the front row, in fifth. Marc Marquez qualified on pole position in 2018, but had to start from the second row.