SEPANG – Repsol Honda Team rider Dani Pedrosa claimed his second win of the season at the Malaysian Motorcycle Grand Prix in Sepang Circuit, on Sunday amidst high drama on the track.
The Spaniard, who started from pole position and dominated the race right from the start, clocked 40 minutes 37.691 seconds, 3.612s ahead of his compatriot from Movistar Yamaha MotoGP, Jorge Lorenzo.
“I am happy to win the race. I felt good on the bike and performed very well right from the start. It has been a very hard season for the team,” said the 30-year-old in a press conference.
Meanwhile, Lorenzo’s team mate and championship leader, Valentino Rossi came in third with a time of 40:51.415s after facing a tense fight for the position against reigning champion, Marc Marquez.
The close fight between them ended when Marquez crashed and was forced to retire.
Pedrosa when commenting on the incident said: “It is not good for the championship. It is not good for any of us…even though I wasn’t involved.
“It is not a good thing to happen later in the championship. For my point of view, the battle has been there since the early laps and heated up as early as the press conference and practice session.”
The usual post-race press conference was delayed for about 40 minutes as the Race Direction investigated the crash.
The result leaves Lorenzo just seven points behind Rossi in the two-man fight for this year’s championship with 305 and 312 points respectively.
“If it was another rider, he may be punished much more severely. I did not expect this to happen. I am disappointed,” said Lorenzo, commenting on Rossi’s action during the race.
“I think it is unfair. Valentino got 16 points and Marquez got nothing. I cannot believe anyone will do this kind of a thing,” he said.
After the incident, the Race Direction decided to penalise Rossi for causing Marquez’s to crash out of the Malaysian Grand Prix race.
The Race Direction imposed three penalty points on the Italian rider which will see him start from the back of the grid in the Valencia Grand Prix, in a fortnight.
The media was informed that Rossi’s team were appealing the Race Direction’s decision.