Repsol Honda rider Dani Pedrosa closed the gap to the current points leader in the 2012 MotoGP World Championship, Jorge Lorenzo, with his sixth victory in 2012 today and, amazingly, it is his first win in the rain that soaked the Sepang International Circuit from early morning. Starting the race alongside his main rival, Pedrosa found the right place to overtake Yamaha Factory Racing’s Lorenzo for the lead. Riding his RC213V, the Spaniard kept his cool despite dealing with the stormy weather.
This victory is really amazing for me; it's the first time I've won in the wet in my life and I'm really, really happy.
Within the first two laps Lorenzo and Pedrosa had pulled away with the Yamaha man in front while Stoner, Dovizioso and Rossi continued to have their own battle for the final podium position. Meanwhile, the battle for the top CRT place was being led by Power Electronics rider Randy De Puniet. The first sign of the weather affecting the riders’ ability to stay on their machines came with 12 laps to go when he high-sided his YZR-M1 and crashed heavily with the rider holding his wrist.
The Ducati Racing pair of Rossi and Nicky Hayden finished in formation with Hayden getting the best of Rossi for 5th while San Carlo Honda Gresini rider Alvaro Bautista brought his RC213V home in 6th place. Pramac Racing’s Hector Barbera ended his day in 7th place while the CRT battle was won by Power Electronics rider Aleix Espargaro. James Ellison secured a 9th place finish for the Paul Bird Motorsport team with Cardion AB Motoracing’s Karel Abraham in 10th. Danilo Petrucci finished in 11th for the Came IodaRacing team and finshed ahead of San Carlo Honda Gresini CRT rider Michele Pirro with Dovizioso ending his race in 13th and the last rider to cross the finish line following a crash that saw him miss out on a 4th place finish.
Stefan Bradl (LCR Honda), Cal Crutchlow (Monster Yamaha Tech3), Randy De Puniet (Power Electronics Aspar), Ivan Silva (Avintia Blusens), Colin Edwards (NGM Forward Racing) , Roberto Rolfo (Speedmaster) and Spies all crashed and didn’t finish the race while Lorenzo was also luck to stay on his machine following a brief scare while in 2nd place.
Pedrosa was thrilled with his wet weather win saying, “This victory is really amazing for me; it's the first time I've won in the wet in my life and I'm really, really happy. I want to thank my team and the people who helped me to get here because when I started racing in these conditions I was weak and they know how difficult it's been during all this time! Jorge set a really high pace at the beginning of the race and I remained calm to stay with him. I knew he was on a soft rear tire and he could pull out some good laps at the start.
Lap by lap I got a little more confident and I could still push and at half way in the race I overtook him and built a good gap. Some laps later the rain came down heave and it was hard to stay on the bike. I was lucky to be able to win this race, and also Jor ge to finish second because he was almost on the ground. So, I'm happy for the victory, but especially happy to be able to dedicate it to Ginés, a good friend and member of the Repsol Honda Team that sadly passed away yesterday. This one is for you!” Pedrosa added.
Stoner was happy with his podium and revealed that he nearly didn’t even start the race due to his concern for his still-injured ankle. “At the start of the race, I would have been very happy for a podium,” said the reigning World Champion while adding, “I was considering not taking part in the rain at all as the risks were very high - if I had come off the bike again and hit my ankle, it would have been game over for the rest of the season. As the race progressed I slowly got my confidence back and I was working on different things as I hadn't ridden in the wet in quite some time. I slowly began to catch the front two but unfortunately ran out of time as the red flagged the race. In a lot of ways I'm disappointed, but I'm happy with the points haul we took today and another podium.”