Dani Pedrosa clinched his third premier class victory in a row with a masterful performance in the wet at Sepang as the Repsol Honda clawed back more ground in the MotoGP title race.
It was the first time ever that Pedrosa has won three MotoGP races on the trot and the gap to Jorge Lorenzo at the top of the standings is now 23 points with two races remaining at Phillip Island and Valencia.
Pedrosa, who had a lead of almost 6.5 seconds when the race was stopped with seven laps remaining due to heavy tropical rain, was also celebrating his 44th Grand Prix success – a milestone that puts him level with Casey Stoner and Lorenzo in the all-time winners list.
The diminutive Spaniard hailed the victory as an “amazing” triumph – his first in the wet.
“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,” said Pedrosa.
“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,” he added.
“I knew he was on a soft rear tyre 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.”
Pedrosa admitted he was fortunate to remain uptight in the treacherous conditions as he secured all 25 points to keep up his unrelenting pressure on title favourite Lorenzo.
“Some laps later the rain came down heavy and it was hard to stay on the bike,” he said.
“I was lucky to be able to win this race, and also Jorge 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!”
With Casey Stoner finishing on the rostrum in third, the Repsol Honda team has wrapped up the Team Championship with two rounds remaining.