Pedrosa takes win in dramatic Japanese GP

Dani Pedrosa took victory at Motegi

Dani Pedrosa took victory at Motegi

Dani Pedrosa has taken his first Japanese Grand Prix victory, one year after breaking his collarbone at the Motegi circuit.

Pedrosa ran third behind team-mates Casey Stoner and Andrea Dovizioso in the early laps, but found himself at the front of the field by Lap 5 thanks to an off from Stoner and a jump-start penalty for Dovizioso.

The Spaniard then eased away from Yamaha rival Jorge Lorenzo to win by 7.3s.

Stoner, who had dropped to seventh position thanks to a trip through the gravel trap at the descriptively named 90 Degree Corner, recovered to finish third – ensuring the Australian will head to Phillip Island’s penultimate round in two weeks time with a 40 point championship lead.

Marco Simoncelli despite having to serve a jump-start penalty of his own, while Dovizioso – who opted for a soft compound rear tyre – rounded out the top five after being passed by his Italian rival in the closing stages.

Another to drag a strong result from a difficult afternoon was Ben Spies. The factory Yamaha rider recovered to finish sixth despite dropping to the tail of the field on the opening lap after contact with Valentino Rossi.

The incident, which saw Spies, Rossi and Lorenzo enter Turn 2 three abreast, marked the end of Rossi’s race – the first non-points result for the Italian in 25 races.

Nicky Hayden was seventh after a mid-race off of his own cost any chance of a podium, while Colin Edwards, Hiroshi Aoyama and Cal Crutchlow (the third rider to receive a jump-start penalty) filled eighth through 10th.

Hector Barbera, Damian Cudlin, Alvaro Bautista and Toni Ellias all crashed out of the race in separate incidents, with Bautista doing so while running a surprise third.

Cudlin was 14th position when he lost control of his Pramac Ducati at the V Corner on Lap 14 – ending the Australian’s debut MotoGP race.

See below for the full race result

Pos.

Rider

Team

Bike

Time/Gap

1

Dani PEDROSA

Repsol Honda Team

Honda

42’47.481

2

Jorge LORENZO

Yamaha Factory Racing

Yamaha

+7.299

3

Casey STONER

Repsol Honda Team

Honda

+18.380

4

Marco SIMONCELLI

San Carlo Honda Gresini

Honda

+23.550

5

Andrea DOVIZIOSO

Repsol Honda Team

Honda

+23.691

6

Ben SPIES

Yamaha Factory Racing

Yamaha

+37.604

7

Nicky HAYDEN

Ducati Team

Ducati

+39.167s

8

Colin EDWARDS

Monster Yamaha Tech 3

Yamaha

+45.023

9

Hiroshi AOYAMA

San Carlo Honda Gresini

Honda

+49.074

10

Randy DE PUNIET

Pramac Racing Team

Ducati

+59.022

11

Cal CRUTCHLOW

Monster Yamaha Tech 3

Yamaha

+1’13.964

12

Kousuke AKIYOSHI

LCR Honda MotoGP

Honda

+1’21.709

13

Shinichi ITO

Honda Racing Team

Honda

+1’26.381

DNF

Toni ELIAS

LCR Honda MotoGP

Honda

7 Laps

DNF

Alvaro BAUTISTA

Rizla Suzuki MotoGP

Suzuki

11 Laps

DNF

Damian CUDLIN

Pramac Racing Team

Ducati

11 Laps

DNF

Hector BARBERA

Mapfre Aspar Team MotoGP

Ducati

23 Laps

DNF

Valentino ROSSI

Ducati Team

Ducati

See below for the updated championship points

Pos.

Rider

Points

1 Casey STONER 300
2 Jorge LORENZO 260
3 Andrea DOVIZIOSO 196
4 Dani PEDROSA 195
5 Ben SPIES 156
6 Valentino ROSSI 139
7 Nicky HAYDEN 123
8 Marco SIMONCELLI 119
9 Colin EDWARDS 98
10 Hiroshi AOYAMA 94
11 Hector BARBERA 77
12 Alvaro BAUTISTA 67
13 Cal CRUTCHLOW 57
14 Karel ABRAHAM 50
15 Toni ELIAS 47
16 Randy DE PUNIET 39
17 Loris CAPIROSSI 29
18 Kousuke AKIYOSHI 7
19 John HOPKINS 6
20 Shinichi ITO 3

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