Pedrosa Makes It Five
Honda's Dani Pedrosa continued his outstanding form in the 2012 World Championship by claiming his fifth victory of the season in the Japanese MotoGP at Motegi.
Pedrosa also set a new circuit lap record as he won by almost five seconds from Yamaha's Jorge Lorenzo. Pedrosa's win means he closes the gap to Lorenzo in the championship table to twenty-eight points with three rounds remaining.
"It was a hard race because from the beginning the pace was very fast," Pedrosa said.
"I tried to get a feeling for the bike in the early laps and it wasn't too bad, and there was a moment where I got good drive out of a corner which allowed me to pass Jorge and then I just tried to build a gap. It's great to get another win for my team and Honda here at Motegi, so I am happy."
Tyre choice for the race was the same for every rider with the combination of the harder Bridgestone front and softer asymmetric rear slick best suiting the numerous acceleration and braking zones at Motegi.
"The race was held under cooler conditions than those experienced on Friday and Saturday, though this didn't have any effect on tyre choice," said Shinichi Yamashita - General Manager, Bridgestone Motorsport Tyre Development Department.
"All riders selected the same tyre combination of the harder front and softer rear slick as high levels of rear grip and front-end stability are important at Motegi due to its stop-and-go layout," he said.
"The tyres performed well during the race with a new circuit lap record being set and the top three riders completing the race faster than last year's total race time.
"Overall, it was a positive showing for our 2012 specification MotoGP tyres at Bridgestone's home Grand Prix."
Australia's Casey Stoner remains third overall in the title chase after a valiant fifth place in his comeback race following an ankle injury.
The teams have a quick turnaround with the Malaysian Grand Prix to be held on Sunday 21 October.
1. Jorge Lorenzo (Yamaha) 310 points
2. Dani Pedrosa (Honda) 282
3. Casey Stoner (Honda) 197
4. Andrea Dovizioso (Yamaha) 192