Dani Pedrosa wins rain-hit Malaysian Grand Prix

Dani Pedrosa

Dani Pedrosa

In a dramatic race hit by torrential rain and a raft of crashes, Repsol Honda Team’s Dani Pedrosa put in a wet-weather master class to win the Malaysian Motorcycle Grand Prix in Sepang.

Pedrosa finished ahead of Yamaha Factory Racing’s Jorge Lorenzo and Australian Casey Stoner.

The result has moved Pedrosa 23 points behind Lorenzo in the title chase with two rounds remaining.

In a race that was declared wet from the start, Lorenzo opted for the softer option wet rear tyre and had a small margin over Pedrosa with 18 laps to go, but it was not enough to ward off Pedrosa, who passed him soon after and raced on to the win.

The rain came down extremely heavily with 15 laps left, and Lorenzo suffered a very scary moment, where he saved a near crash just seconds before the red flag was shown due to safety concerns.

After much deliberating, conditions deteriorated, and the win was awarded to Pedrosa, with Lorenzo and Stoner completing the rostrum.

Ducati duo Nicky Hayden and Valentino Rossi finished fourth and fifth, with the latter making up all of his ground at the start after a brilliant launch, making it into Turn 1 fourth. Despite dropping back for a small period, he fought back to fifth with skill and luck as others around him fell by the wayside.

Of the casualties in the wet race, Yamaha’s Ben Spies suffered a heavy crash out of 10th place. He was taken to the medical centre to check on a shoulder injury.

Tech 3 Yamaha’s Andrea Dovizioso slid out of the race, Cal Crutchlow crashed on Lap 9, Stefan Bradl lost the front end of his satellite Honda while NGM Mobile Forward Racing’s Colin Edwards retired with a mechanical gremlin.

The next round of the championship is at Phillip Island for the Australian MotoGP.

Results, Malaysian Grand Prix

Pos. Points Num. Rider Nation Team Bike Km/h Time/Gap
1 25 26 Dani PEDROSA SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 146.8 29’29.049
2 20 99 Jorge LORENZO SPA Yamaha Factory Racing Yamaha 146.5 +3.774
3 16 1 Casey STONER AUS Repsol Honda Team Honda 146.2 +7.144
4 13 69 Nicky HAYDEN USA Ducati Team Ducati 145.9 +10.518
5 11 46 Valentino ROSSI ITA Ducati Team Ducati 145.4 +16.759
6 10 19 Alvaro BAUTISTA SPA San Carlo Honda Gresini Honda 145.4 +17.276
7 9 8 Hector BARBERA SPA Pramac Racing Team Ducati 142.7 +50.282
8 8 41 Aleix ESPARGARO SPA Power Electronics Aspar ART 142.6 +51.585
9 7 77 James ELLISON GBR Paul Bird Motorsport ART 142.2 +56.676
10 6 17 Karel ABRAHAM CZE Cardion AB Motoracing Ducati 142.1 +57.622
11 5 9 Danilo PETRUCCI ITA Came IodaRacing Project Ioda-Suter 141.7 +1’02.805
12 4 51 Michele PIRRO ITA San Carlo Honda Gresini FTR 141.7 +1’02.891
13 3 4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO ITA Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 139.7 +1’28.989
84 Roberto ROLFO ITA Speed Master ART 0 Lap
Not Classified
6 Stefan BRADL GER LCR Honda MotoGP Honda 145.5 2 Laps
35 Cal CRUTCHLOW GBR Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 145.7 3 Laps
14 Randy DE PUNIET FRA Power Electronics Aspar ART 142.7 3 Laps
22 Ivan SILVA SPA Avintia Blusens BQR 140.8 3 Laps
5 Colin EDWARDS USA NGM Mobile Forward Racing Suter 137.5 3 Laps
11 Ben SPIES USA Yamaha Factory Racing Yamaha 144.8 5 Laps

Championship standings

Pos. Rider Bike Nation Points
1 Jorge LORENZO Yamaha SPA 330
2 Dani PEDROSA Honda SPA 307
3 Casey STONER Honda AUS 213
4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO Yamaha ITA 195
5 Alvaro BAUTISTA Honda SPA 154
6 Valentino ROSSI Ducati ITA 148
7 Cal CRUTCHLOW Yamaha GBR 135
8 Stefan BRADL Honda GER 125
9 Nicky HAYDEN Ducati USA 114
10 Ben SPIES Yamaha USA 88
11 Hector BARBERA Ducati SPA 79
14 Karel ABRAHAM Ducati CZE 43
15 Michele PIRRO FTR ITA 30
18 Colin EDWARDS Suter USA 25
19 Jonathan REA Honda GBR 17
20 Danilo PETRUCCI Ioda-Suter ITA 16
21 Mattia PASINI ART ITA 13
22 Ivan SILVA BQR SPA 11
23 Toni ELIAS Ducati SPA 10
24 Katsuyuki NAKASUGA Yamaha JPN 7
25 Steve RAPP APR USA 2
26 David SALOM BQR SPA 1


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