Pedrosa takes fourth win from five races in Motegi

Dani Pedrosa took yet another victory to slim Jorge Lorenzo's points lead

Dani Pedrosa took yet another victory to slim Jorge Lorenzo’s points lead

Repsol Honda’s Dani Pedrosa has taken his fourth MotoGP win in five races by defeating title rival Jorge Lorenzo in Motegi’s Japanese Grand Prix.

Pedrosa stalked the Yamaha rider during the opening stages of the race, eventually taking the lead with 13 laps to go and pulling away to win by 4.3s.

Gresini Honda rider Alvaro Bautista likewise got the better of his Tech 3 Yamaha counterpart Cal Crutchlow to complete the podium, taking the flag just two seconds adrift of Lorenzo.

Crutchlow’s race would eventually retire from the race after running out of fuel on the final lap, elevating team-mate Andrea Dovizioso to fourth and Casey Stoner to fifth.

In his return race from the ankle injury sustained at Indianapolis in mid-August, Stoner ran as high as fourth early before losing ground as the laps unfolded.

Stefan Bradl and Valentino Rossi enjoyed quiet afternoons on the way to sixth and seventh respectively, while Nicky Hayden was one place further back in eighth.

It was another disappointing weekend for 2013 Ducati signing Ben Spies, who fell from his factory Yamaha on the second lap.

Lorenzo now leads Pedrosa by 28 points with just three races remaining in Malaysia (Sepang), Australia (Phillip Island) and Spain (Valencia).

See below for the full race result

Pos.

Rider

Team

Bike

Km/h

Time/Gap

1

Dani PEDROSA Repsol Honda Team Honda

162.6

42’31.569

2

Jorge LORENZO Yamaha Factory Racing Yamaha

162.3

+4.275

3

Alvaro BAUTISTA San Carlo Honda Gresini Honda

162.1

+6.752

4

Andrea DOVIZIOSO Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha

161.5

+16.397

5

Casey STONER Repsol Honda Team Honda

161.3

+20.566

6

Stefan BRADL LCR Honda MotoGP Honda

161.0

+24.567

7

Valentino ROSSI Ducati Team Ducati

160.9

+26.072

8

Nicky HAYDEN Ducati Team Ducati

160.3

+36.724

9

Katsuyuki NAKASUGA Yamaha YSP Racing Team Yamaha

160.3

+36.794

10

Hector BARBERA Pramac Racing Team Ducati

158.2

+1’10.729

11

Karel ABRAHAM Cardion AB Motoracing Ducati

157.9

+1’15.658

12

Aleix ESPARGARO Power Electronics Aspar ART

157.5

+1’22.769

13

Colin EDWARDS NGM Mobile Forward Racing Suter

157.3

+1’24.968

14

James ELLISON Paul Bird Motorsport ART

157.1

+1’29.388

15

Michele PIRRO San Carlo Honda Gresini FTR

156.8

+1’34.612

16

Roberto ROLFO Speed Master ART

155.8

+1’50.853

DNF

Cal CRUTCHLOW Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha

162.1

1 Lap

DNF

Danilo PETRUCCI Came IodaRacing Project Ioda-Suter

156.3

1 Lap

DNF

Ivan SILVA Avintia Blusens BQR

155.2

10 Laps

DNF

Randy DE PUNIET Power Electronics Aspar ART

153.3

10 Laps

DNF

Ben SPIES Yamaha Factory Racing Yamaha

152.8

23 Laps

DNF

Yonny HERNANDEZ Avintia Blusens BQR

146.5

23 Laps

See below for the updated points standings

1 Jorge LORENZO 310
2 Dani PEDROSA 282
3 Casey STONER 197
4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO 192
5 Alvaro BAUTISTA 144
6 Valentino ROSSI 137
7 Cal CRUTCHLOW 135
8 Stefan BRADL 125
9 Nicky HAYDEN 101
10 Ben SPIES 88
11 Hector BARBERA 70
12 Aleix ESPARGARO 55
13 Randy DE PUNIET 53
14 Karel ABRAHAM 37
15 Yonny HERNANDEZ 28
16 Michele PIRRO 26
17 Colin EDWARDS 25
18 James ELLISON 21
19 Jonathan REA 17
20 Mattia PASINI 13
21 Danilo PETRUCCI 11
22 Ivan SILVA 11
23 Toni ELIAS 10
24 Katsuyuki NAKASUGA 7
25 Steve RAPP 2
26 David SALOM 1

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