Spanish Honda driver Dani Pedrosa won the title for the Japanese Motorcycle Grand Prix (MotoGP). The tournament was held at the Twin Ring Motegi, in the rain.
Despite a slow start, Pedrosa was able to get back into the race, finishing more than eight seconds ahead of his runner up; the Italian Valentino Rossi of the Yamaha team.
In third place was Rossi’s Yamaha teammate, the Spanish Jorge Lorenzo, over 12 seconds away from the first place driver. Lorenzo led the race for a long time, but his tires wore out during the final 10 laps, dropping two positions, behind Pedrosa and Rossi.
Pedrosa’s title is his first MotoGP title this year, where previously Lorenzo led, with his Yamaha team having won six times. Lorenzo’s last win was the title of Aragon Motorcycle Grand Prix, held in Spain. His teammate Valentino Rossi is his runner up, with four victories, along with Honda’s Marc Márquez.
Rossi still leads the international rankings, with a total score of 283 points. In second place comes Lorenzo with a total score of 265 points, while Pedrosa comes in fifth with 154 points.
Three competitions are left for this season. Pramac Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix is to be held on 18 October. On 25 October comes the Shell Malaysia Motorcycle Grand Prix. The final races this year are set to be held in Spain, at the Gran Premio Motul de la Comunitat Valenciana.
The following are the rankings of the first 10 racers in the Japanese Motorcycle Grand Prix:
|1||25||26||Dani PEDROSA||SPA||Repsol Honda Team||Honda||147.5||46’50.767|
|2||20||46||Valentino ROSSI||ITA||Movistar Yamaha MotoGP||Yamaha||147.1||8.573|
|3||16||99||Jorge LORENZO||SPA||Movistar Yamaha MotoGP||Yamaha||146.9||12.127|
|4||13||93||Marc MARQUEZ||SPA||Repsol Honda Team||Honda||146.1||27.841|
|5||11||4||Andrea DOVIZIOSO||ITA||Ducati Team||Ducati||145.7||35.085|
|6||10||35||Cal CRUTCHLOW||GBR||LCR Honda||Honda||145.6||37.263|
|7||9||38||Bradley SMITH||GBR||Monster Yamaha Tech 3||Yamaha||145.6||37.667|
|8||8||21||Katsuyuki NAKASUGA||JPN||Yamaha Factory Racing Team||Yamaha||145.2||44.654|
|9||7||8||Hector BARBERA||SPA||Avintia Racing||Ducati||145||48.572|
|10||6||45||Scott REDDING||GBR||EG 0,0 Marc VDS||Honda||144.9||50.121|