The Motul Grand Prix of Japan sees Dani Pedrosa return to the top step of the podium for the first time since Brno in 2014
A thrilling MotoGP™ World Championship race at the Twin Ring Motegi circuit saw Dani Pedrosa claim victory by 8.5 seconds, having been almost nine seconds behind the leader at one stage. Few suspected that the Repsol Honda rider would be able to catch Jorge Lorenzo (Movistar Yamaha) as he streaked away in the opening laps, but step by step Pedrosa closed him down. An extraordinary second half of the race saw Pedrosa hunt down and pass both Movistar Yamaha riders with a pace that was often two seconds faster than any other rider on track. With six laps to go he took the lead and never looked backed, claiming his first win in almost a year.
This is Pedrosa’s 50th Grand Prix win, moving him to eighth on the all time winner table and continuing his record of achieving at least a win a season since 2002. The 2015 season has not been easy for Pedrosa, he was forced to miss multiple races due to arm pump surgery at the start of the season and took many rounds to return to full fitness. As the three back-to-back flyaways continue, it’s clear Pedrosa is back and ready to spoil the championship party of Lorenzo and Rossi.
"I'm so happy with this win! It has been a long time since my last one and I'm really pleased. It was a fun race, because at first I took things calmly and lost too much time, but the strategy worked out because afterwards I recovered ground gradually. I had a special feeling at that point in the race and I'm happy to take this victory for Honda at their home track, for the team, the sponsors, my friends and family, because it has been a difficult season. It’s not been an easy weekend here in Japan, I’d also like to wish Alex De Angelis all the best and hope he recovers soon."