Due to the typical Malaysian weather, the sun was shining half an hour before the MotoGP race started and then was replaced with a brief heavy thunderstorm that left the road soaking wet.
Marc Marquez got away brilliantly from the third row and complete the first lap in third place with a rain front Michelin tyre and a medium rear. Andrea Dovizioso passed him on the fifth lap, so he settled for fourth place once he realised he was unable to match the pace of the three frontrunners, combined with the achievements of Dani Pedrosa and Cal Crutchlow this season. This earned Honda the 2017 MotoGP Constructor title. This was Honda's 23rd crown in history and the sixth out of the last seven seasons.
Dovizioso won the race in front of Jorge Lorenzo and Johan Zarco, Marc is going to arrive at the season finale in Valencia leading by 21 points over the Italian.
Pedrosa is the fastest rider in dry conditions and especially on Saturday, but when the rain hit he wasn't the happiest but an entirely different set up was prepared by his team. The decision to use a softer rear tyre allowed him to keep a decent pace with fifth just behind his team mate.