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.
|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||Mission Winnow Ducati||Ducati||+35.085|
|6||Crutchlow Cal||35||GBR||10||CWM LCR Honda||Honda||+37.263|
|7||Smith Bradley||38||GBR||9||Monster Yamaha Tech 3||Yamaha||+37.667|
|8||Nakasuga Katsuyuki||T1||JPN||8||Yamaha Test Team||Yamaha||+44.654|
|9||Barbera Hector||8||SPA||7||Avintia Racing||Ducati||+48.572|
|10||Redding Scott||45||GBR||6||EG 0,0 Marc VDS||Honda||+50.121|
|11||Espargaro Aleix||41||SPA||5||Team Suzuki Ecstar||Suzuki||+1'00.535|
|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||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||Mission Winnow Ducati||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|
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|
|Longest straight||0.762 kilometres / 0.473 miles|
Twin Ring Motegi, Haga District, Tochigi, Japan - View in Google Maps
|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)|
|2018 Race Winner||Marc Marquez (Honda)|