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Pedrosa wins as Rossi extends lead at Motegi

Daniel Herrero

Sunday 11th October, 2015 - 5:51pm

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Dani Pedrosa

Dani Pedrosa

Dani Pedrosa has taken his first win of the season after he ran down Jorge Lorenzo in a weather-affected Japanese MotoGP at Motegi.

Valentino Rossi extended his championship lead with second place, while Lorenzo managed to at least complete the podium.

Rain had fallen during the day, and while puddles covered the circuit in many places, the race started with dry skies.

Lorenzo and Rossi traded the lead through the first handful of corners before the Spaniard blazed away to a 3.4s lead after just seven of 24 laps.

The last start winner still led by 3.5s with 15 laps completed but it had become clear that third-placed Pedrosa was the fastest man, the Movistar Yamahas battling deteriorating front tyres on the drying track.

The Repsol Honda rider was seven tenths faster than Lorenzo and nine tenths faster than Rossi on Lap 13, similar again on Lap 14, and then a second-and-a-half quicker than the pair on Lap 15.

Pedrosa took Rossi at the V Corner on Lap 16, then overcame the 2.7s deficit to the leader in just two more laps.

Rossi was also rapidly reeling in his teammate by this time, and Lorenzo gifted second position on Lap 20 when he couldn’t pull bike #99 up at Turn 3.

Marc Marquez passed Andrea Dovizioso late in the race to take fourth, ahead of Dovizioso, Crutchlow, Smith, wildcard Katsuyuki Nakasuga, Hector Barbera, and Scott Redding.

Jack Miller failed to finish after crashing twice, while Danilo Petrucci, Maverick Viñales, and Pol Espargaro also fell and retired.

Rossi now leads the title race by 22 points with three races remaining, with Marquez a further 64 points behind thus guaranteed Movistar Yamaha the world championship.

Meanwhile, Alex de Angelis had been diagnosed with bruising of the lung, rib fractures, and five fractured vertebrae after a crash during Free Practice 4.

de Angelis fell heavily between Turns 9 and 10 and was taken to Dokkyo Hospital for treatment.

It is unclear if surgery will be required.

The MotoGP World Championship now moves on to Phillip Island for the Australian MotoGP from October 16 to 18.

See below for full results

Pos.

Rider

Nation

Team

Bike

Time/Gap

1

Dani PEDROSA

SPA

Repsol Honda Team

Honda

46’50.767

2

Valentino ROSSI

ITA

Movistar Yamaha MotoGP

Yamaha

+8.573

3

Jorge LORENZO

SPA

Movistar Yamaha MotoGP

Yamaha

+12.127

4

Marc MARQUEZ

SPA

Repsol Honda Team

Honda

+27.841

5

Andrea DOVIZIOSO

ITA

Ducati Team

Ducati

+35.085

6

Cal CRUTCHLOW

GBR

LCR Honda

Honda

+37.263

7

Bradley SMITH

GBR

Monster Yamaha Tech 3

Yamaha

+37.667

8

Katsuyuki NAKASUGA

JPN

Yamaha Factory Racing Team

Yamaha

+44.654

9

Hector BARBERA

SPA

Avintia Racing

Ducati

+48.572

10

Scott REDDING

GBR

EG 0,0 Marc VDS

Honda

+50.121

11

Aleix ESPARGARO

SPA

Team SUZUKI ECSTAR

Suzuki

+1’00.535

12

Takumi TAKAHASHI

JPN

Team HRC with Nissin

Honda

+1’01.211

13

Nicky HAYDEN

USA

Aspar MotoGP Team

Honda

+1’11.261

14

Yonny HERNANDEZ

COL

Octo Pramac Racing

Ducati

+1’13.896

15

Mike DI MEGLIO

FRA

Avintia Racing

Ducati

+1’15.421

16

Alvaro BAUTISTA

SPA

Aprilia Racing Team Gresini

Aprilia

+1’20.507

17

Eugene LAVERTY

IRL

Aspar MotoGP Team

Honda

+1’31.224

18

Stefan BRADL

GER

Aprilia Racing Team Gresini

Aprilia

+1’46.833

19

Kousuke AKIYOSHI

JPN

AB Motoracing

Honda

+2’00.072

20

Toni ELIAS

SPA

Forward Racing

Yamaha Forward

1 Lap

DNF

Pol ESPARGARO

SPA

Monster Yamaha Tech 3

Yamaha

2 Laps

DNF

Jack MILLER

AUS

LCR Honda

Honda

8 Laps

DNF

Maverick VIÑALES

SPA

Team SUZUKI ECSTAR

Suzuki

11 Laps

DNF

Loris BAZ

FRA

Forward Racing

Yamaha Forward

11 Laps

DNF

Andrea IANNONE

ITA

Ducati Team

Ducati

14 Laps

DNF

Danilo PETRUCCI

ITA

Octo Pramac Racing

Ducati

16 Laps

Points

Pos

Driver

Points

1

Valentino Rossi

283

2

Jorge Lorenzo

265

3

Marc Márquez

197

4

Andrea Iannone

172

5

Daniel Pedrosa

154

6

Bradley Smith

152

7

Andrea Dovizioso

150

8

Cal Crutchlow

98

9

Danilo Petrucci

93

10

Pol Espargaró

88

11

Aleix Espargaró

81

12

Maverick Viñales

74

13

Scott Redding

73

14

Yonny Hernández

49

15

Héctor Barberá

30

16

Loris Baz

28

17

Álvaro Bautista

26

18

Jack Miller

16

19

Nicky Hayden

16

20

Stefan Bradl

11

21

Eugene Laverty

9

22

Katsuyuki Nakasuga

8

22

Michele Pirro

8

24

Mike Di Meglio

8

25

Hiroshi Aoyama

5

26

Takumi Takahashi

4

27

Alex de Angelis

2

 

 

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