Dani Pedrosa (Honda) took the the honours in a dramatic Japanese Grand Prix where only two of the top seven riders didn't either run off the circuit or incur a ride-through penalty (or both!). Jorge Lorenzo (Yamaha) and Pedrosa's Honda team mate Casey Stoner completed the podium.
The 24-lap race began with pole man Stoner launching into Turn 1 at the head of the field, while team mate Andrea Dovizioso jumped the start from the front row, with Marco Simoncelli (Honda) and Cal Crutchlow (Yamaha Tech 3) also incurring ride from side to side penalties for the similar mistake.
Ducati's Valentino Rossi crashed out on the first lap, colliding with Yamaha rider Ben Spies and forcing off the track and down the order. Meanwhile Stoner appeared set to take another victory, leading clear and free until running off the track on lap five, just before Ducati privateer Hector Barbera crashed out, and Nicky Hayden on the second works Ducati went farming while running fourth.
|MotoGP results||Points afer 15 rounds|
|1 Dani Pedrosa (Spain) Honda - 42min47.481||1 Casey Stoner (Australia) Honda - 300 points|
|2 Jorge Lorenzo (Spain) Yamaha +7.299sec||2 Jorge Lorenzo (Spain) Yamaha - 260|
|3 Casey Stoner (Australia) Honda +18.380||3 Andrea Dovizioso (Italy) Honda - 196|
|4 Marco Simoncelli (Italy) Honda +23.550||4 Dani Pedrosa (Spain) Honda - 195|
|5 Andrea Dovizioso (Italy) Honda +23.691||5 Ben Spies (US) Yamaha - 156|
|6 Ben Spies (US) Yamaha +37.604||6 Valentino Rossi (Italy) Ducati - 139|
|7 Nicky Hayden (US) Ducati +39.167||7 Nicky Hayden (US) Ducati - 123|
|8 Colin Edwards (US) Yamaha +45.023||8 Marco Simoncelli (Italy) Honda - 119|
|9 Hiroshi Aoyama (Japan) Honda +49.074||9 Colin Edwards (US) Yamaha - 98|
|10 Randy de Puniet (France) Ducati +59.022||10 Hiroshi Aoyama (Japan) Honda - 94|
|11 Cal Crutchlow (Britain) Yamaha +1min13.964|
|12 Kousuke Akiyoshi (Japan) Honda +1min21.709|
|13 Shinichi Ito (Japan) Honda +1min26.381 POINTS AFTER 15 ROUNDS|