By totalmotorcycle Imperious Pedrosa Completes Honda MotoGP Hat-Trick
Honda MotoGP rider Dani Pedrosa (Repsol Honda Team RC213V) took an imperious start-to-finish victory in today’s Malaysian Grand Prix; making it two wins in three races for the Spaniard and completing a Honda hat-trick at the last three races at Motegi, Phillip Island and now Sepang.
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Team-mate and Australian GP winner Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda Team RC213V) was the victim of a controversial battle several seconds behind the winner. Disputing third place with Valentino Rossi (Yamaha), the reigning MotoGP World Champion crashed out after the title-leading Italian made contact with him.
The incident was investigated by Race Direction who gave Rossi three penalty points for making ‘deliberate contact’ with Marquez, but the race result remained unaltered.
Headlines about the battle between Marquez and Rossi, which had been simmering off-track all weekend, will inevitably and unfairly overshadow Pedrosa’s superb achievement.
It was emphatic proof of the former 125 and double 250 World Champion’s return to full fitness and top-of-the-class form, after having to withdraw at the start of the season for arm-pump surgery. The factory Honda veteran of ten years missed three race and was still recuperating when he returned.
He qualified on pole position for this race, the fourth time he has done so at Sepang. Seizing the lead into the first corner, he was never headed, eventually crossing the line 3.6 seconds clear of second-placed Jorge Lorenzo (Yamaha). It was his third MotoGP win here among seven podiums, plus two more wins in the smaller classes.
Victory in Malaysia follows an equally masterful first win of the season (the 50th of his career) two races ago at Motegi in Japan. It also gained him one more championship place: now lying fourth, after having been as low as 15th on his …read more