2012 Motegi MotoGP | Results

2012 Japanese Grand Prix

Spoiler Alert: 2012 MotoGP Championship results from Twin Ring Motegi listed below

Heading into the AirAsia Japanese Grand Prix at Twin Ring Sunday, round 15 of 18 in the 2012 MotoGP Championship, Dani Pedrosa trailed Jorge Lorenzo by 33 points.

But the Honda Repsol RC213V rider slimmed the lead a further five points following a strong win at Motegi MotoGP, Pedrosa victorious ahead of the Yamaha Factory Racing rider Lorenzo and San Carlo Honda’s Alvaro Bautista.

The Motegi win was Pedrosa’s second consecutive win after taking Aragon two weeks ago, and his fifth this season.

Dani Pedrosa (Repsol Honda RC213V MotoGP) says: “It was a hard race because the pace was very fast from the beginning. I tried to understand the bike, as yesterday we had a lot of chatter so I didn’t know how it would be today. In the beginning it wasn’t too bad but then it got a little worse during the race. I managed it as best I could and I stayed with Jorge [Lorenzo], I was able to get a better line out of the corner and pass him and then I put in some good laps and controlled the gap. Jorge tried to stay with me, but then decided to settle for the second place.

“We did what we needed to do and it’s just a pity that there is no one else who can stay with us because every race I win, he’s been second. But anyway, it’s a great feeling to win races and we are doing it now. Thanks to Honda and the whole team, I’m really happy to win again here in Motegi!”

When the race got underway at the 2.983-mile circuit containing 14 turns, pole-sitter Lorenzo got to turn one first, followed by Pedrosa, Monster Tech 3 Yamaha’s Cal Crtuchlow and Bautista.

Many accidents occurred on the first few laps, with Power Electronics Aspar CRT rider Randy de Puniet crashing out on lap one, and Yamaha Factory Racing’s Ben Spies crashing on lap 2, the American citing brake issues on the YZR-M1. Avintia Blusens’ Yonny Hernandez also crashed, suffering a left shoulder dislocation and a contusion to the left foot.

On the third lap, the returning Stoner, who’s still recovering from his qualifying crash at Indy (ankle), was overtaken by Bautista for fourth. Stoner put up a fight with Bautista, but began receiving pressure from LCR Honda’s Stefan Bradl and Monster Tech 3 Yamaha’s Andrea Dovizioso, who trailed in sixth and seventh, respectively. In eighth was Ducati Team’s Valentino Rossi, who struggled to keep up with Dovi.

With 17 to go, Lorenzo and Pedrosa had pulled away from the remaining grid, leaving Crutchlow alone in third. Two laps later, Dovizioso passed Bradl for sixth, Bradl suffering from arm-pump.

With 13 to go, Pedrosa got a better drive out of turn four, and the Spaniard passed Lorenzo for the lead. The RC213V pilot immediately began pulling away from Lorenzo, as Bautista began closing in on Crutchlow. Behind, the battle intensified for fifth. And with eight laps remaining,Dovi finally made a pass stick, taking fifth from Stoner.

As Pedrosa opened up more of a gap at front, Bautista passed Crutchlow with six laps to go, the Spaniard slipping into third. The two began an intense battle, touching at one point, but Crutchlow would run out of gas on the last lap, causing a DNF.

Up front, Pedrosa would take the win 4.275 seconds ahead of Lorenzo, with Bautista finishing in a lonely third 6.752 seconds back. Dovisioso took fourth a further 16.397 second back, followed by Stoner in fifth.

Bradl would finish sixth, followed by the Ducati Team duo of Rossi and Nicky Hayden, respectively. Ninth went to Wildcard rider Katsuyuki Nakasuga aboard a Yamaha YSP Racing Team YZR-M1, with Pramac Racing Ducati’s Hector Barbera in 10th. The top CRT finisher was Power Electronics Aspar’s Aleix Espargaro in 13th.

With three rounds remaining, Pedrosa now trails Lorenzo by 28 points. The MotoGP Championship continues its three back-to-back race stretch next weekend with the Malaysian Grand Prix at Sepang (October 21), followed by the Austrialian Grand Prix at Phillip Island (October 28).

2012 Motegi MotoGP Results:

Pos. Points Num. Rider Nation Team Bike Km/h Time/Gap
1. 25 26 Dani PEDROSA SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 162.6 42’31.569
2. 20 99 Jorge LORENZO SPA Yamaha Factory Racing Yamaha 162.3 +4.275
3. 16 19 Alvaro BAUTISTA SPA San Carlo Honda Gresini Honda 162.1 +6.752
4. 13 4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO ITA Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 161.5 +16.397
5. 11 1 Casey STONER AUS Repsol Honda Team Honda 161.3 +20.566
6. 10 6 Stefan BRADL GER LCR Honda MotoGP Honda 161.0 +24.567
7. 9 46 Valentino ROSSI ITA Ducati Team Ducati 160.9 +26.072
8. 8 69 Nicky HAYDEN USA Ducati Team Ducati 160.3 +36.724
9. 7 21 Katsuyuki NAKASUGA JPN Yamaha YSP Racing Team Yamaha 160.3 +36.794
10. 6 8 Hector BARBERA SPA Pramac Racing Team Ducati 158.2 +1’10.729
11. 5 17 Karel ABRAHAM CZE Cardion AB Motoracing Ducati 157.9 +1’15.658
12. 4 41 Aleix ESPARGARO SPA Power Electronics Aspar ART 157.5 +1’22.769
13. 3 5 Colin EDWARDS USA NGM Mobile Forward Racing Suter 157.3 +1’24.968
14. 2 77 James ELLISON GBR Paul Bird Motorsport ART 157.1 +1’29.388
15. 1 51 Michele PIRRO ITA San Carlo Honda Gresini FTR 156.8 +1’34.612
16. 84 Roberto ROLFO ITA Speed Master ART 155.8 +1’50.853
Not Classified
35 Cal CRUTCHLOW GBR Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 162.1 1 Lap
9 Danilo PETRUCCI ITA Came IodaRacing Project Ioda-Suter 156.3 1 Lap
22 Ivan SILVA SPA Avintia Blusens BQR 155.2 10 Laps
14 Randy DE PUNIET FRA Power Electronics Aspar ART 153.3 10 Laps
11 Ben SPIES USA Yamaha Factory Racing Yamaha 152.8 23 Laps
68 Yonny HERNANDEZ COL Avintia Blusens BQR 146.5 23 Lap

2012 MotoGP Championship Point Standings (after 15 of 18 rounds):

Pos. Rider Bike Nation Points
1. Jorge LORENZO Yamaha SPA 310
2. Dani PEDROSA Honda SPA 282
3. Casey STONER Honda AUS 197
4. Andrea DOVIZIOSO Yamaha ITA 192
5. Alvaro BAUTISTA Honda SPA 144
6. Valentino ROSSI Ducati ITA 137
7. Cal CRUTCHLOW Yamaha GBR 135
8. Stefan BRADL Honda GER 125
9. Nicky HAYDEN Ducati USA 101
10. Ben SPIES Yamaha USA 88
11. Hector BARBERA Ducati SPA 70
13. Randy DE PUNIET ART FRA 53
14. Karel ABRAHAM Ducati CZE 37
16. Michele PIRRO FTR ITA 26
17. Colin EDWARDS Suter USA 25
18. James ELLISON ART GBR 21
19. Jonathan REA Honda GBR 17
20. Mattia PASINI ART ITA 13
21. Danilo PETRUCCI Ioda-Suter ITA 11
22. Ivan SILVA BQR SPA 11
23. Toni ELIAS Ducati SPA 10
24. Katsuyuki NAKASUGA Yamaha JPN 7
25. Steve RAPP APR USA 2
26. David SALOM BQR SPA 1