Repsol Honda’s Dani Pedrosa has taken a fantastic win – his first since Brno GP 2014 and his 50th of his career (8 x 125cc, 15 x 250cc, 27 x MotoGP) – at Honda’s home race in Japan. Reigning World Champion Marc Marquez, who is nursing an injured left hand, managed to come home 4th in the wet race.

With rain arriving this morning and delaying proceedings, the MotoGP warm up was delayed to 11h20am and the riders had a frantic twenty minutes to prepare the wet setup on their machines. As the race began, Dani made up some positions from 6th place to 4th and Marc dropped from 3rd to 6th by the end of the first lap. Marc passed Iannone on the second lap with Dani chasing down race leaders Lorenzo, Rossi and Dovizioso.

By lap eight Dani began to find a good rhythm and although four seconds behind Dovizioso, his lap times improved as the gap began to fall. Dani reached Dovizioso on lap eleven and after the Italian made a small error, Dani was able to pass him effortlessly and begin to hunt down Rossi who was four seconds ahead.

Dani reached Rossi by lap sixteen and passed him into second place. Then two laps later, Dani had made up the gap and passed Lorenzo into 1st and never looked back, controlling the final seven laps and winning by 8.5 seconds. Marc was able to pass Dovizioso on lap twenty one and took a comfortable 4th place.

Dani remains the most successful rider at Motegi with five wins (2011,12,15 in MotoGP; 2004 in 250cc; 2002 in 125cc). He now moves up two places in the rider standings to 5th on 154 points. Marc remains 3rd on 197 points with just three races remaining.

The MotoGP paddock now pack up in Japan and head immediately to Australia for round sixteen next weekend.

Dani Pedrosa

1st Championship Standing: 5th - 154 points

"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."

Marc Marquez

4th Championship Standing: 3rd - 197 points

"It was a difficult Sunday. In the wet, right from the warm up it was difficult to find the ideal setup and I didn’t feel entirely comfortable. We made some small changes for the race, so as not to take too many risks, but I never felt good and in the end we finished fourth. My hand didn’t give me too many problems in the wet, in the dry it would have been more difficult. Now we have to take away information from this Sunday and I look forward to going to Phillip Island, which is a circuit that should be better for us and is one of my favourites. I’d also like to send my best wishes to Alex De Angelis - we are all thinking of him."

MotoGP 2015
Race Round 15   Japan

Results Session

Wet
Humidity
93%
Track Temp
21°C
Air Temp
19°C
Pos. Rider Num Nation Points Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 Pedrosa Dani 26 SPA 25 Repsol Honda Team Honda 46'50.767
2 Rossi Valentino 46 ITA 20 Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha +8.573
3 Lorenzo Jorge 99 SPA 16 Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha +12.127
4 Marquez Marc 93 SPA 13 Repsol Honda Team Honda +27.841
5 Dovizioso Andrea 4 ITA 11 Ducati Team Ducati +35.085
6 Crutchlow Cal 35 GBR 10 LCR Honda Honda +37.263
7 Smith Bradley 38 GBR 9 Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha +37.667
8 Nakasuga Katsuyuki 21 JPN 8 Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha +44.654
9 Barbera Hector 8 SPA 7 Avintia Racing Ducati +48.572
10 Redding Scott 45 GBR 6 Team EG 0,0 Marc VDS Honda +50.121
11 Espargaro Aleix 41 SPA 5 Team Suzuki Ecstar Suzuki +1'00.535
12 Takahashi Takumi 72 JPN 4 Team HRC with NISSIN Honda +1'01.211
13 Hayden Nicky 69 USA 3 Aspar Team Honda +1'11.261
14 Hernandez Yonny 68 COL 2 Pramac Racing Ducati +1'13.896
15 Di Meglio Mike 63 FRA 1 Avintia Racing Ducati +1'15.421
16 Bautista Alvaro 19 SPA 0 Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia +1'20.507
17 Laverty Eugene 50 IRE 0 Aspar Team Honda +1'31.224
18 Bradl Stefan 6 GER 0 Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia +1'46.833
19 Akiyoshi Kosuke 64 JPN 0 AB Motoracing Honda +2'00.072
20 Elias Toni 24 SPA 0 Athina Forward Racing Forward Yamaha +1 lap
21 Espargaro Pol 44 SPA 0 Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha DNF
22 Miller Jack 43 AUS 0 LCR Honda MotoGP Honda DNF
23 Vinales Maverick 25 SPA 0 Team Suzuki Ecstar Suzuki DNF
24 Baz Loris 76 FRA 0 Athina Forward Racing Forward Yamaha DNF
25 Iannone Andrea 29 ITA 0 Ducati Team Ducati DNF
26 Petrucci Danilo 9 ITA 0 Pramac Racing Ducati DNF
27 De Angelis Alex 15 RSM 0 E-Motion IodaRacing Team ART DNS
Location Information

Located amongst the vast natural beauty of the northern Kanto district, the twin ring circuit at Motegi in Japan consists of a 1.5 mile oval and a 2.9 mile road course constructed to international standards. Built by Honda as the ultimate test facility in August 1997, the road circuit became… read more.

Length 4.801 kilometres / 2.983 miles
Width 15 metres
Left corners 6
Right corners 8
Longest straight 0.762 kilometres / 0.473 miles
Constructed 1997

Twin Ring Motegi, Haga District, Tochigi, Japan - View in Google Maps

www.twinring.jp/english

Records

Pole Position 1m 43.790s (166.5km/h) Jorge Lorenzo (Yamaha, 2015)
Race Lap 1m 45.350s (164km/h) Jorge Lorenzo (Yamaha, 2014)
Race Time 42m 21.259s (163.2km/h) Jorge Lorenzo (Yamaha, 2014)
2015 Race Winner Dani Pedrosa (Honda)