The timing of the stoppage meant that Pedrosa only gained five points on Lorenzo, which could have been a nine-point gain had Stoner overtaken Lorenzo for second.
However the treacherous nature of wet races means that it is far from guaranteed that all of the top three would have stayed on had the race continued.
And if Pedrosa had crashed out, the title fight would have been all but over.
“At maximum one more lap,” said Pedrosa of the conditions. “Some spots were already getting deep and the last part I did on the straight I was spinning in every gear. I think one more lap, maybe.”
Lorenzo, who will take a 23-point lead into this coming Sunday's penultimate round at Phillip Island, unsurprisingly felt the timing of the red flags had been almost perfect
“One corner before would have been better for my heart!” he joked.