Pedrosa takes maiden victory at Motegi for the Repsol Honda Team with Stoner third and Dovizioso fifth

Grand Prix of Japan

MotoGP Round 14 : Motegi circuit, 30 September-2 October

Date : 02/10/2011
Weather : Dry
Temperature : Air: 19 degrees, Ground: 29 degrees
Humidity : 55%

Dani Pedrosa took his third victory of the season in a dramatic Grand Prix of Japan with Casey Stoner alongside him on the podium in third position and with Andrea Dovizioso finishing fifth.

Today, Dani celebrates the 400th win for a Spaniard in Grand Prix racing and has given the Repsol Honda Team its first ever victory at the Motegi circuit. It's also the first win for Honda at this track since Makoto Tamada was victorious aboard his Camel Honda in 2004. Joining Dani on the podium, accepting the constructors trophy was Mr. Takanobu Ito - President, Chief Executive Officer and Representative Director of Honda.

Casey, Dani and Andrea made a fantastic start and led the race as a pack for the first four laps, but then Casey experienced a big wobble on lap five and ended up running off the track, narrowly avoiding the barrier. Andrea whilst leading the race, was then given a ride through penalty for a jump start. Dani took the lead and improved his pace lap by lap to take a comfortable win by more than seven seconds ahead of Lorenzo. Casey was able to fight his way back up the field to finish on the podium taking important points for the Championship. After his penalty, Andrea also got back on the pace quickly and had a great battle with Marco Simoncelli on the final two laps for fourth position. Unfortunately he struggled with the tyres after such an effort to get back in front and was overtaken by Simoncelli on the last lap.

With three races to go, Casey Stoner is leading the World Championship standings, forty points ahead of Lorenzo, with Dovizioso and Pedrosa third and fourth, separated by just one point.

DANI PEDROSA - 1st - World Championship Position: 4th with 195 points

"I'm super happy with this victory, for the team that has been working so well, for HRC because this is the first win in Motegi with the Repsol Honda Team and for myself because it is the first time I've won here in MotoGP after doing so in 125cc and 250cc. The race was strange at the beginning with Stoner and Dovi really fast on the first few laps, they pulled away and then Casey had some problem and Andrea had a ride through due to his jump start. I was alone in front with Lorenzo very close, but I tried to put my head down and push every lap to pull away. I'm really happy because at this track I've had a mix of good and bad results and some bad injuries, so come back one year later and win in MotoGP is fantastic".

CASEY STONER - 3rd - World Championship Position: 1st with 300 points

"The whole weekend had gone so well for us and even the start of the race we got a great start and everything felt good in the first laps and I was able to pull a small advantage. Andrea was riding very well on the soft tyre compound and we knew ours would work well towards the end of the race, so the pace we had at that stage I was very comfortable with. As I came out of the back straight I got a wobble on the bike, we hit the big bump and as the front came down it practically shook the bars out of my hands, I was lucky to hold on. I went for the brakes and there was nothing there so I had to pump them up a couple of times, when I pumped it the second time if flicked me up over the front and I was lucky to stay on the bike. Thankfully I avoided hitting the wall at the end of the gravel trap but this pretty much ended our race. It's really disappointing as we had the bike to win here today, but in the end I guess I should be thankful that we were able to climb back up to a podium spot after other peoples misfortunes and mistakes on track. I'm looking forward to going to Phillip Island now and to see what we an achieve there, I've got a Championship lead to protect but I also want to win races which is why I'm disappointed here today".

ANDREA DOVIZIOSO - 5th - World Championship Position: 3rd with 196 points

"I cannot believe it. I have never had a false start in my career and it happened today, in a race where I felt that I could fight for the win! I don't know why the bike moved a little before the green light but I realised it immediately and expected the ride through. In the first laps I had a good feeling and I was pushing hard because I knew I was the only rider up there with soft tyres, in my opinion this was the right choice today and I was catching Casey. Then Casey went wide and I found myself leading the race, but unfortunately it didn't last long. When I rejoined the race after the ride through I pushed hard but it's not the same as when you are fighting for the victory. In the last five laps the rear tyre started to drop off and I was no longer able to be fast in the middle of the corner. Meanwhile, Simoncelli had recovered and was behind me, I did all I could to defend my position but I wasn't able to. I'm really disappointed as I'm sure today I could have fought for the win, we can see the final gap to Dani is similar to the time it took to do the ride through. I'm sorry for the team, we did a great job and I felt competitive. It's also a shame for the Championship points, anyway I look forward to Phillip Island because once again I showed to be fast".

Race Result - Round 14

1 Dani Pedrosa 42'47.481 SPA HONDA Repsol Honda Team
2 Jorge Lorenzo +7.299 SPA YAMAHA Yamaha Factory Racing Team
3 Casey Stoner +18.380 AUS HONDA Repsol Honda Team
4 Marco Simoncelli +23.550 ITA HONDA San Carlo Honda Gresini
5 Andrea Dovizioso +23.691 ITA HONDA Repsol Honda Team
6 Ben Spies +37.604 USA YAMAHA Yamaha Factory Racing Team
7 Nicky Hayden +39.167 USA DUCATI Ducati Marlboro Team
8 Colin Edwards +45.023 USA YAMAHA Monster Yamaha Tech 3
9 Hiroshi Aoyama +49.074 JPN HONDA San Carlo Honda Gresini
10 Randy De Puniet +59.022 FRA DUCATI Pramac Racing
11 Cal Crutchlow +1'13.964 GBR YAMAHA Monster Yamaha Tech 3
12 Kousuke Akiyoshi +1'21.709 JPN HONDA LCR Honda MotoGP
13 Shinichi Ito 1'26.381 JPN HONDA Team HRC
14 Toni Elias DNF SPA HONDA LCR Honda MotoGP
15 Alvaro Bautista DNF SPA SUZUKI Rizla Suzuki MotoGP
16 Damian Cudlin DNF AUS DUCATI Pramac Racing
17 Hector Barbera DNF SPA DUCATI Paginas Amarillas Aspar
18 Valentino Rossi DNF ITA DUCATI Ducati Marlboro Team
19 Karel Abraham DNS CZE DUCATI Cardion AB Motoracing

Championship standings

1 Casey Stoner 300 pts AUS HONDA Repsol Honda Team
2 Jorge Lorenzo 260 pts SPA YAMAHA Yamaha Factory Racing Team
3 Andrea Dovizioso 196 pts ITA HONDA Repsol Honda Team
4 Dani Pedrosa 195 pts SPA HONDA Repsol Honda Team
5 Ben Spies 156 pts USA YAMAHA Yamaha Factory Racing Team
6 Valentino Rossi 139 pts ITA DUCATI Ducati Marlboro Team
7 Nicky Hayden 123 pts USA DUCATI Ducati Marlboro Team
8 Marco Simoncelli 119 pts ITA HONDA San Carlo Honda Gresini
9 Colin Edwards 98 pts USA YAMAHA Monster Yamaha Tech 3
10 Hiroshi Aoyama 94 pts JPN HONDA San Carlo Honda Gresini
11 Hector Barbera 77 pts SPA DUCATI Paginas Amarillas Aspar
12 Alvaro Bautista 67 pts SPA SUZUKI Rizla Suzuki MotoGP
13 Cal Crutchlow 57 pts GBR YAMAHA Monster Yamaha Tech 3
14 Karel Abraham 50 pts CZE DUCATI Cardion AB Motoracing
15 Toni Elias 47 pts SPA HONDA LCR Honda MotoGP
16 Randy De Puniet 39 pts FRA DUCATI Pramac Racing
17 Loris Capirossi 29 pts ITA DUCATI Pramac Racing
18 Kousuke Akiyoshi 7 pts JPN HONDA LCR Honda MotoGP
19 John Hopkins 6 pts USA SUZUKI Rizla Suzuki MotoGP
20 Shinichi Ito 3 pts JPN HONDA Team HRC
21 Sylvain Guintoli 0 pts FRA DUCATI Pramac Racing

Circuit information

First race 1999
GPs held 13
Laps 24
Race distance 115.224km / 71.592miles
Track length 4.801km / 2.983miles
Track width 12-15m
Longest straight 0.762km / 0.473miles
Corners 14 (8 right, 6 left)
Pole position Left

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Circuit records

Pole position 1m45.267s (164.188Km/h) Casey Stoner (Honda, 2011)
Race lap 1m46.090s (162.914Km/h) Dani Pedrosa (Honda, 2011)
Race time 42m47.481s (161.561km/h) Dani Pedrosa (Honda, 2011)
MotoGP Wins 3 (Loris Capirossi 2005-07)
2010 Winner Casey Stoner (Ducati)