Pedrosa takes maiden win in the rain with Stoner in 3rd as Repsol Honda celebrate Team Championship

The Repsol Honda Team returned to full power at the Malaysian Grand Prix with another superb win for Dani Pedrosa and Casey Stoner's return to the podium in third position.

The treacherous conditions today in Sepang caused the race to be cancelled with six laps remaining due to heavy tropical rain. Dani was 6.4 seconds ahead of Jorge Lorenzo and Casey was chasing him for second place when the red flag was displayed and prevented him progressing any further.

Today, Dani celebrated his first victory in wet conditions, his sixth of the 2012 season and the 44th in his Grand Prix career, equaling Lorenzo and Casey in the ranking of all time winners. It's the first time that Dani has won three races in a row in the premier class and he is the first Spanish rider ever to win in Malaysia in MotoGP. He has also beaten his record of 13 podiums in a season and continues to chase the title with two races remaining.

Casey returned to the podium -his sixth of the season- in only his second race back after injury forced him to miss three races since Indianapolis. The 2011 World Champion was cautious and therefore unable match the pace of Dani and Jorge in the early laps, but his confidence grew and he began to find his rhythm as the race progressed and was closing the gap to Lorenzo when the race was stopped.

With today's double podium, the 7th of the season, the Repsol Honda Team have clinched the 2012 Team Championship with two races remaining. The combined points tally of 537 has secured the title with the second place team 119 behind and a maximum 90 points on offer in the last two races. The Repsol Honda riders have had an impressive season to date with Dani taking six 1st's, four 2nd's, four 3rd's and a 4th place. Casey, who missed three races due to injury has so far scored four 1st's, one 2nd, three 3rd's, two 4th's, one 5th and an 8th place. Replacement rider Jonathan Rea also added to the points with an 8th and 7th position respectively, when filling in for Casey in Misano and Aragon GP's.

DANI PEDROSA 1st World Championship Standing: 2nd with 307 points

["This victory is really amazing for me; it's the first time I've won in the wet in my life and I'm really, really happy. I want to thank my team and the people who helped me to get here because when I started racing in these conditions I was weak and they know how difficult it's been during all this time! Jorge set a really high pace at the beginning of the race and I remained calm to stay with him. I knew he was on a soft rear tyre and he could pull out some good laps at the start. Lap by lap I got a little more confident and I could still push and at half way in the race I overtook him and built a good gap. Some laps later the rain came down heave and it was hard to stay on the bike. I was lucky to be able to win this race, and also Jorge to finish second because he was almost on the ground. So, I'm happy for the victory, but especially happy to be able to dedicate it to Ginés, a good friend and member of the Repsol Honda Team that sadly passed away yesterday. This one is for you!".

CASEY STONER 3rd World Championship Standing: 3rd with 213 points

["At the start of the race, I would have been very happy for a podium. I was considering not taking part in the rain at all as the risks were very high - if I had come off the bike again and hit my ankle, it would have been game over for the rest of the season. As the race progressed I slowly got my confidence back and I was working on different things as I hadn't ridden in the wet in quite some time. I slowly began to catch the front two but unfortunately ran out of time as the red flagged the race. In a lot of ways I'm disappointed, but I'm happy with the points haul we took today and another podium".

SHUHEI NAKAMOTO - HRC EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT

["Today Dani and Casey had a great race! Another win and another double podium that allow the Repsol Honda Team to win the 2012 Team Championship. Now we must remain concentrated and focused for the Constructor and Rider Championships challenge in the next two races... we will not give up until the last lap of the season!"

Race Result - Round 16
1 Dani Pedrosa 29'29.049 SPA HONDA Repsol Honda Team
2 Jorge Lorenzo +3.774 SPA YAMAHA Yamaha Factory Racing Team
3 Casey Stoner +7.144 AUS HONDA Repsol Honda Team
4 Nicky Hayden +10.518 USA DUCATI Ducati Team
5 Valentino Rossi +16.759 ITA DUCATI Ducati Team
6 Alvaro Bautista +17.276 SPA HONDA San Carlo Honda Gresini
7 Hector Barbera +50.282 SPA DUCATI Pramac Racing
8 Aleix Espargaro +51.585 ESP ART Aspar Team MotoGP
9 James Ellison +56.676 GBR ART Paul Bird Racing
10 Karel Abraham +57.622 CZE DUCATI Cardion AB Motoracing
11 Danilo Petrucci +1'02.805 ITA IODA Ioda Racing Project
12 Michele Pirro +1'02.891 ITA HONDA San Carlo Honda Gresini
13 Andrea Dovizioso +1'28.989 ITA YAMAHA Monster Yamaha Tech 3
14 Stefan Bradl DNF GER HONDA LCR Honda MotoGP
15 Cal Crutchlow DNF GBR YAMAHA Monster Yamaha Tech 3
16 Randy De Puniet DNF FRA ART Aspar Team MotoGP
17 Ivan Silva DNF SPA BQR-FTR BQR
18 Colin Edwards DNF USA SUTER NGM Mobile Forward Racing
19 Ben Spies DNF USA YAMAHA Yamaha Factory Racing Team
20 Roberto Rolfo DNF ITA ART Speed Master
Championship standings
1 Jorge Lorenzo 330 pts SPA YAMAHA Yamaha Factory Racing Team
2 Dani Pedrosa 307 pts SPA HONDA Repsol Honda Team
3 Casey Stoner 213 pts AUS HONDA Repsol Honda Team
4 Andrea Dovizioso 195 pts ITA YAMAHA Monster Yamaha Tech 3
5 Alvaro Bautista 154 pts SPA HONDA San Carlo Honda Gresini
6 Valentino Rossi 148 pts ITA DUCATI Ducati Team
7 Cal Crutchlow 135 pts GBR YAMAHA Monster Yamaha Tech 3
8 Stefan Bradl 125 pts GER HONDA LCR Honda MotoGP
9 Nicky Hayden 114 pts USA DUCATI Ducati Team
10 Ben Spies 88 pts USA YAMAHA Yamaha Factory Racing Team
11 Hector Barbera 79 pts SPA DUCATI Pramac Racing
12 Aleix Espargaro 63 pts ESP ART Aspar Team MotoGP
13 Randy De Puniet 53 pts FRA ART Aspar Team MotoGP
14 Karel Abraham 43 pts CZE DUCATI Cardion AB Motoracing
15 Michele Pirro 30 pts ITA HONDA San Carlo Honda Gresini
16 James Ellison 28 pts GBR ART Paul Bird Racing
17 Yonny Hernandez 28 pts COL BQR-FTR BQR
18 Colin Edwards 25 pts USA SUTER NGM Mobile Forward Racing
19 Jonathan Rea 17 pts GBR HONDA Repsol Honda Team
20 Danilo Petrucci 16 pts ITA IODA Ioda Racing Project
21 Mattia Pasini 13 pts ITA ART Speed Master
22 Ivan Silva 11 pts SPA BQR-FTR BQR
23 Toni Elías 10 pts SPA DUCATI Pramac Racing
24 Katsuyuki Nakasuga 7 pts JAP YAMAHA Yamaha Factory Racing Team
25 Steve Rapp 2 pts USA N/A Attack Performance
26 David Salom 1 pts SPA BQR-FTR BQR
27 Roberto Rolfo 0 pts ITA ART Speed Master
28 Franco Battaini 0 pts ITA DUCATI Ducati Team
29 Chris Vermeulen 0 pts AUS SUTER NGM Mobile Forward Racing
30 Aaron Yates 0 pts USA N/A GP Tech
Circuit information
First race 1999
GPs held 12
Laps 20
Race distance 116.508km / 72.387miles
Track length 5.548km / 3.447miles
Track width 25m
Longest straight 0.920km / 0.572miles
Corners 15 (10 right, 5 left)
Pole position Left

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[Circuit records
Pole position 2m00.334s (165.978km/h) Jorge Lorenzo (Yamaha, 2012)
Race lap 2m02.108s (163.566 km/h) Casey Stoner (Ducati, 2007)
Race time 41m03.448s (162.153km/h) Valentino Rossi (Yamaha, 2010)
MotoGP Wins 6 (Valentino Rossi 2001, 2003-04, 2006, 2008, 2010)
2010 Winner Valentino Rossi (Yamaha)
2011 Winner NA - Race Cancelled