Pedrosa breaks drought as Marquez stretches lead

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Sunday 13th October, 2013 - 8:37pm

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Dani Pedrosa wins at Sepang

Dani Pedrosa wins at Sepang

Dani Pedrosa claimed his third race win of the season as Marc Marquez closed in on a rookie title after an entertaining opening stoush at the Malaysian MotoGP.

Pedrosa beat Marquez with Jorge Lorenzo claiming third to realise a Spanish trifecta.

While Lorenzo seized the early advantage, it was Pedrosa who clearly had the pace to lead, even if he could not manage to do so until edging past the defending world champion with light contact on lap 5.

From there, Pedrosa set about gapping the chasing pack as Lorenzo attended to more pressing issues, namely Marquez.

The two traded second position several times until the championship leader took the place for good on lap 9, also pulling away from his compatriot.

Valentino Rossi ultimately ran much of the race on his own in fourth, after being involved in a vigorous fight with his fellow factory riders and Alvaro Bautista during the opening stages.

Bautista rounded out the top five after the 20 laps.

Australia’s contingent failed to score points with Bryan Staring last of the finishers in 18th and Damian Cudlin one of five retirements after seven laps.

The championship lead for Marquez has grown to 43 points over Lorenzo ahead of next weekend’s Tissot Australian MotoGP at Phillip Island, the third-last round of the 2013 championship.

 See below for full results

1 Daniel Pedrosa Honda 20 40:45.191
2 Marc Márquez Honda 20 2.757
3 Jorge Lorenzo Yamaha 20 6.669
4 Valentino Rossi Yamaha 20 10.351
5 Alvaro Bautista Honda 20 22.149
6 Cal Crutchlow Yamaha 20 22.301
7 Bradley Smith Yamaha 20 30.864
8 Andrea Dovizioso Ducati 20 45.111
9 Aleix Espargaró ART/Aprilia 20 59.264
10 Yonny Hernández Ducati 20 1:01.417
11 Hiroshi Aoyama FTR/Kawasaki 20 1:03.665
12 Randy de Puniet ART/Aprilia 20 1:14.256
13 Claudio Corti FTR Kawasaki 20 1:21.603
14 Héctor Barberá FTR/Kawasaki 20 1:27.976
15 Colin Edwards FTR Kawasaki 20 1:29.442
16 Danilo Petrucci Ioda-Suter/BMW 20 1:29.551
17 Luca Scassa ART/Aprilia 20 1:47.930
18 Bryan Staring FTR Honda 20 1:52.927
Michael Laverty ART/Aprilia 12 Retirement
Lukas Pesek Ioda-Suter/BMW 11 Retirement
Nicky Hayden Ducati 8 Retirement
Damian Cudlin PBM/Aprilia 7 Retirement
Andrea Iannone Ducati 6 Retirement
Stefan Bradl Honda 0 Withdrawn

 See below for points standings

Pos Driver Points
1 Marc Márquez 298
2 Jorge Lorenzo 255
3 Daniel Pedrosa 244
4 Valentino Rossi 198
5 Cal Crutchlow 166
6 Alvaro Bautista 136
7 Stefan Bradl 135
8 Andrea Dovizioso 120
9 Nicky Hayden 102
10 Bradley Smith 89
11 Aleix Espargaró 83
12 Michele Pirro 50
13 Andrea Iannone 47
14 Colin Edwards 32
15 Héctor Barberá 29
16 Randy de Puniet 27
17 Danilo Petrucci 23
18 Yonny Hernández 17
19 Hiroshi Aoyama 13
20 Claudio Corti 11
21 Ben Spies 9
22 Alex de Angelis 5
23 Karel Abraham 5
24 Michael Laverty 3
25 Bryan Staring 2
26 Javier del Amor 1

 

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