Dani Pedrosa of Spain and Repsol Honda Team leads Alvaro Bautista of Spain and Rizla Suzuki MotoGP during the qualifying practice of MotoGP of Malaysia at Sepang Circuit on October 22, 2011 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
Dani Pedrosa of Spain and Repsol Honda Team leads Alvaro Bautista of Spain and Rizla Suzuki MotoGP during the qualifying practice of MotoGP of Malaysia at Sepang Circuit on October 22, 2011 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Getty Images

Pedrosa shakes off rain ro reign in Malaysia

DANI PEDROSA has closed to within 23 points of rival Jorge Lorenzo after winning a rain-affected Malaysian MotoGP yesterday.

Australia's Casey Stoner finished third in the race which was declared wet from the start.

Lorenzo on his Yamaha got the early break on Pedrosa but the Spaniard eventuually got his man.

Lorenzo had opted for the softer option wet rear tyre and had a small margin over Pedrosa with 18 laps to go.

A lap later however and Pedrosa was breathing down Lorenzo's neck having closed the gap to a fraction of a second.

Further afield Stoner was leading a group, about five seconds off the leading duo.

With 12 laps remaining, Pedrosa was continuing to stick to Lorenzo's rear wheel but on the final turn of the next lap Pedrosa made a move an opened up a small gap.

There were plenty of crashes as the rain took hold and things were also getting interesting at the front as Lorenzo was being not only dropped off by Pedrosa, but also being closed down by Stoner at a very quick rate.

But just as Stoner thought he may have the chance to catch his rival, the race was red-flagged and the win awarded to Pedrosa.



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