MotoGP 2012: Sepang race results

Finishing positions for all the riders from the Malasian MotoGP

Posted: 22 October 2012
by Visordown News
Pedrosa ... three in a row at Sepang

DANI Pedrosa claimed his third victory in a row for Honda, in torrential rain at Sepang, Malaysia.

The race was red-flagged on lap 14 as conditions deteriorated and just 13 riders were still running when the race was stopped. At first, there was speculation that, with over 5 laps remaining - the minimum a MotoGP restart will allow - the race would be restarted but conditions continued to diminish, meaning Pedrosa had done what he needed to do.

Lorenzo had a few moments on the last couple of laps and Honda rider, Casey Stoner was catching him. Stakes were high as a mistake could have cost Lorenzo the championship and he, out of all the runners, must have been most relieved to see the red flag.

Ducati riders Nicky Hayden and Valentino Rossi finished fourth and fifth respectively and Britain's James Ellison finished an impressive ninth.

However, with Lorenzo finishing second, Pedrosa only managed to claw back 5 points on the current championship leader and with just two races to go, Pedrosa's tasks to claw back Lorenzo's 23-point lead is looking unlikely.

MotoGP Race Result from Sepang, Malaysia

1. Dani Pedrosa Repsol Honda (RC213V) 29m 29.049s
2. Jorge Lorenzo Yamaha Factory Racing (YZR-M1) 29m 32.823s
3. Casey Stoner Repsol Honda (RC213V) 29m 36.193s
4. Nicky Hayden Ducati Team (GP12) 29m 39.567s
5. Valentino Rossi Ducati Team (GP12) 29m 45.808s
6. Alvaro Bautista San Carlo Honda Gresini (RC213V) 29m 46.325s
7. Hector Barbera Pramac Racing (GP12) 30m 19.331s
8. Aleix Espargaro Power Electronics Aspar (ART CRT) 30m 20.634s
9. James Ellison Paul Bird Motorsport (ART CRT) 30m 25.725s
10. Karel Abraham Cardion AB Motoracing (GP12) 30m 26.671s
11. Danilo Petrucci Came IodaRacing (Suter-BMW CRT) 30m 31.854s
12. Michele Pirro San Carlo Honda Gresini (FTR-Honda CRT) 30m 31.940s
13. Andrea Dovizioso Monster Yamaha Tech 3 (YZR-M1) 30m 58.038s

Stefan Bradl LCR Honda MotoGP (RC213V)
Cal Crutchlow Monster Yamaha Tech 3 (YZR-M1)
Randy De Puniet Power Electronics Aspar (ART CRT)
Ivan Silva Avintia Blusens (FTR-Kawasaki CRT)
Colin Edwards NGM Forward Racing (Suter-BMW CRT)
Ben Spies Yamaha Factory Racing (YZR-M1)

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I think that was one of, if not the best performance I've seen from Dani Pedrosa. Again, he bided his time, and when he decided to go, there was no way Jorge was able to lay a glove on him.

Nice one.

Posted: 22/10/2012 at 09:52

Yeah, it did. But, in all honesty, can you see George making a mistake between now and the end of the season? Had Dani have pressured him hard, George has the savvy to simply look at his pit board, see that no one is within 5 seconds of him and let him past anyway.

(I think) Dani's making a point by getting past him and buggering off up the road.

But I could be reading too much into it all, (wouldn't be the first time)...

Posted: 22/10/2012 at 11:34

I've been a big knocker of Dani's over the years. Credit where it's due - he's been brilliant these past rounds. Great to see.

Lorenzo's save of the front likely won him the championship. He was as close to crashing as anyone I've seen. I was really looking forward to Stoner going past him and chopping his teammate out a little bit, but alas, it wasn't to be.

Posted: 22/10/2012 at 14:18

The moto2 race was the race for me last weekend. Until Stoners fit, and or Rossi's on the yammie, we wont have close races. J Lo is too calculated for mine. Didnt matter if Dani passed him or not, he knows he just has to make second, and he does. Can't blame him, the guy can ride very very well, but shit, come on, have a go you mug. Was it Alzamora who won the 125's without winning a race? This season has a bit of that about it (well a bit).

Posted: 22/10/2012 at 22:38

What on earth has happened to Pedrosa recently? Stoner announces retirement and suddenly Pedrosa is winning by miles. Conspiracy theorists feel free to join in :-)

Posted: 23/10/2012 at 16:13

I'd not say he's winning by miles. He's proving how good he is. I reckon it's mostly thanks to Dani staying injury free, and also the revisions to the 213V that came along at Mugello (I think) have quite a lot to do with it. He's riding the best he's ever done (again imo) even since the 250 days.

I'd also hazard a guess at the amount of testing he's done for HRC (which seems to go fairly un noticed) has probably had something to do with it. Certainly the fact that Casey's leaving has lots to do with it. And, I have to say, as much as I rate Pedrosa, (and I REALLY rate him). You can't discount the fact VR's wallowing around mid pack has not had something to do with this.

With everything that's gone on this year, I honestly think it's his best chance to win the title he deserves (IMO). And I truly hope he does it. Because next year (please god, we've suffered enough) will be a lot more tight at the front.

Posted: 23/10/2012 at 21:57

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