Repsol Honda’s Dani Pedrosa dedicated his Shell Advance Malaysian Motorcycle Grand Prix victory to his team and supporters after he bounced back in style from his Aragon DNF.
The Spanish rider was clearly elated to have got the better of his teammate Marc Marquez and his long time rival Jorge Lorenzo over the duration of the 20-lap battle at the Sepang International Circuit.
Pedrosa had qualified in fifth place on the grid, but having looked strong in free practice and having won at Sepang last year – his first ever MotoGP win in wet conditions – he was confident going into the race, rain or shine.
The race took place in the dry on this occasion and Pedrosa’s confidence was demonstrated with a great start to lead on the first corner and to take control of the race from the initial stages, having responded well to being overtaken by Lorenzo early on lap one.
Once he got out in front Pedrosa laid down a succession of ruthlessly quick laps and eventually he came home as a 2.8s winner over his colleague Marquez, who finished second.
It was Pedrosa’s first win since Le Mans in May and must have been sweeter than ever, after the difficulties of the last fortnight and the heavy bruising he suffered in his spectacular Aragon crash – which was caused inadvertently by Marquez.
Reflecting on taking the maximum 25 points, Pedrosa stated, “It’s a great feeling to come back and to win this race after the huge crash at Aragon, because physically it is very hard here.”
“I have had a hard week and almost couldn’t get out of bed. So it’s great to come back and win this for the fans and the team. It’s a shame really because I had a very good pace at Aragon and could have won, but unfortunately I crashed. So I just want to congratulate my fans, my team and my family.”
Pedrosa still has an outside chance at winning the 2013 MotoGP title, now trailing Marquez in the standings by 54 points, in third position overall, with three races remaining.