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13 October 2013

Pedrosa fights back with Sepang win

Dani finally wins one after months, while team-mate Marquez beats Lorenzo to second place

Amaan Ahmed
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Dani Pedrosa won today's race at Sepang - nearly five months after his last victory which came in tricky conditions at Le Mans. He needed it to stay alive in this competition, and even though Marquez has taken another step towards the title finishing second today, mathematics will tell you that this isn't over just yet.

At the start, Pedrosa was denied first place by Lorenzo heading into the first corner, but as they neared the end of the first lap, he found a way past the reigning world champion. Which left the man on the Yamaha to deal with the juggernaut named Marc Marquez. And deal with him he had to, as the duo exchanged places repeatedly between Lap 5 and Lap 9, with Lorenzo making contact with Marquez's bike (not disturbing MM93's rear sensor cable, thankfully) before the newcomer forced his way past Lorenzo with just 11 laps remaining.

The duelling at the back meant that Pedrosa was able to eke out a sizeable lead which Marquez could never eat into, no matter how hard he pushed after passing Lorenzo. Dani finally went on to win with a lead in excess of 2.7 seconds.

Valentino Rossi, who was nearly taken out by Alvaro Bautista earlier in the race, came home in fourth yet again, and Bautista beat Cal Crutchlow to fifth place, leapfrogging Stefan Bradl in the riders' championship standings. Bradley Smith and Andrea Dovizioso took seventh and eighth, with Aleix Espargaro and Yonny Hernandez rounding off the top ten.

It was a hugely important win for Pedrosa, today, because now, we only have three races to go. Marquez's second place finish puts him 43 points in the clear of Lorenzo, and 54 clear of Pedrosa. The other Spaniards need to win the remainder of the season's races to stand a chance of getting back into this, while one victory at any of the upcoming venues will mean a rookie world title for Marquez, a feat that hasn't been achieved in the last 35 years. What's more likely to happen?

Race results:
1. Dani Pedrosa
2. Marc Marquez
3. Jorge Lorenzo
4. Valentino Rossi
5. Alvaro Bautista
6. Cal Crutchlow
7. Bradley Smith
8. Andrea Dovizioso
9. Aleix Espargaro   
10. Yonny Hernandez   
11. Hiroshi Aoyama   
12. Randy De Puniet
13. Claudio Corti   
14. Hector Barbera
15. Colin Edwards
16. Danilo Petrucci
17. Luca Scassa
18. Bryan Staring

DNF:
Michael Laverty
Lukas Pesek
Nicky Hayden
Damian Cudlin
Andrea Iannone

Tags: jorge lorenzo, valentino rossi, repsol honda, sepang, dani pedrosa, marc marquez, motogp, moto gp

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