Dani Pedrosa won the race full of drama in Motegi Circuit, Japan, on Sunday (02.10.11). In a race marked by many accidents, including the hit Valentino Rossi and a penalty against the three riders due to jump start, the Yamaha rider beat Pedrosa, Jorge Lorenzo and Repsol Honda team-mate Casey Stoner.
This was Pedrosa's third victory of the season 2011, after the GP of Portugal and Germany. However, the Spaniard is not moved from fourth place standings, because it is still a point adrift of third Repsol Honda rider Andrea Dovizioso.
The results of this series to make the battle for the 15 world titles between Stoner and Lorenzo is still tight. Because, at this time Lorenzo can cut the difference to only 40 points, after Stoner made a mistake on lap four, so to lose the moment to win the race.
Rossi crash on first lap
When the red light goes out, a trio of Honda immediately skyrocketed in front, followed by Lorenzo and Rossi. But when the race has not completed one lap, the problem had been to Ben Spies, so the Yamaha rider is straight out. Not long ago, Rossi's turn to hit bad luck due to accidents.
When will swing left kek, brushed with Lorenzo Rossi. "The Doctor", who was in the midst of a crowd of riders who were fighting for position in the front row, unable to control the bike, which nudged the back of the motor Lorenzo. MotoGP world champion seven times it was rolled to gravel, and unable to continue the race.
Meanwhile, Stoner, who started from pole position, immediately leave the party when the race entered the third lap. The strongest candidate the 2011 world champion was 1.047 seconds ahead of Repsol Honda team-mate, Andrea Dovizioso.
But on the fourth lap, Stoner had a little problem on the bike. Towards the bend to the right, he was unable to control his mount, which looks shaky. Luckily, the Australian rider to stay calm and do not want to take risks to keep cornering because it failed to find the braking point. He let his motorcycle drove up to gravel, and slumped to number seven on his return to track racing.
On the sixth lap, Dovizioso, who had led the course of the race after Stoner slid, had to give up his position taken over Pedrosa. The Italian rider had to undergo due to jump start penalty. It is also served Simoncelli.
When out of the pitstop, two Honda rider is in the order of 9-10. Previously, Tech 3 Yamaha rider, Cal Crutchlow, who first underwent jump start penalty.
This situation gives advantages to Lorenzo, who climbed to number two. He's competing with Pedrosa. Three positions occupied by Alvaro Bautista (Suzuki), followed by Nicky Hayden (Ducati), Stoner, Toni Elias (LCR), Hiroshi Aoyama (Gresini), and Colin Edwards (Tech 3 Yamaha).
Entering the eighth lap, Pedrosa and Lorenzo farther ahead, and just 0.529 seconds adrift. Their position seems unfazed by the group behind, because Bautista 6.848 seconds behind.
Meanwhile, Stoner continues to strive to improve its position. 2007 world champion this effort to fruition sweet when on lap 11 he had climbed into the top four. The pressure that was given to his rival from Hayden makes Ducati's do a little mistake so wide when cornering - Hayden immediately slumped to the order of 9 when he returned to the track. Stoner also took fourth place, before overtaking Bautista one lap later.
Apparently, finishing in the top three to be the most out of Stoner, because he had gone too far with Pedrosa and Lorenzo. On lap 13, champions last season's Japanese Grand Prix (Ducati) 12.882 seconds behind the race leader. Meanwhile, Bautista had an accident and failing to continue the race. Automatic, Dovizioso and Simoncelli benefit, because their position up to the order of 4-5.
Seeing the conditions that no longer possible to pursue the two rivals in front of him, Stoner did not want to take risks. He's trying to look safe, which makes it increasingly far behind. On lap 18, Stoner 15.252 seconds adrift of Pedrosa. Meanwhile, Lorenzo did not force myself to catch Pedrosa pushed his bike, so he tertinggal3, 153 sec.
If the top three there was no competition a thrilling, exciting duel actually took place between Dovizioso and Simoncelli, competing for four positions. Two Honda rider was just 0.2 seconds adrift, so that attention is more focused MotoGP lovers to fight.
Until lap 18, only the remaining 13 riders who race. The other five are out, after Elias became the last rider out by accident at the corner 5. Bend it into disaster for all the riders who eventually left the race, because they fall in there.
Dovizioso battling with Simoncelli increasingly tense as the race just one lap remaining. Simoncelli recklessness yielded encouraging results, because she can finally overtook Dovizioso, and the spiky Italian managed to retain its position to touch the finish line.
- Japan GP Results
1. Dani Pedrosa Repsol Honda ESP 42m 47.481s
2. Jorge Lorenzo Yamaha ESP Factory Racing 42m 54.780s
3. Casey Stoner AUS Honda Repsol 43m 5.861s
4. Marco Simoncelli ITA San Carlo Honda Gresini 43m 11.031s
5. Andrea Dovizioso ITA Repsol Honda 43m 11.172s
6. Ben Spies USA Yamaha Factory Racing 43m 25.085s
7. Nicky Hayden USA Ducati Marlboro 43m 26.468s
8. Colin Edwards USA Tech 3 Yamaha Monster 43m 32.504s
9. Hiroshi Aoyama JPN San Carlo Honda Gresini 43m 36.555s
10. Randy de Puniet FRA Pramac Racing 43m 46.503s
11. Cal Crutchlow GBR Tech 3 Yamaha Monster 44m 1.445s
12. Kousuke Akiyoshi JPN Honda LCR 44m 9.190s
13. Shinichi Ito JPN Honda Racing Team 44m 13.862s
Toni Elias Honda ESP LCR
Alvaro Bautista ESP Rizla Suzuki
Damian Cudlin AUS Pramac Racing
Hector Barbera ESP Mapfre Aspar
Valentino Rossi ITA Ducati Marlboro
Karel Abraham CZE Cardion AB Motoracing