Dani Pedrosa claims his first win of the season at a wet Japanese MotoGP, while late drama saw Jorge Lorenzo lose second place to team-mate and title rival Valentino Rossi.

Lorenzo dominated the first half of the race, with Rossi three-seconds behind. But both Yamaha riders began to struggle with front tyre wear, leaving them defenseless against a charging Pedrosa.

Rossi stuck with the Honda rider as he closed down Lorenzo, the Italian taking second place when the #99 ran wide with 5 laps to go.

Rossi's championship lead has now grown from 14 to 18 points with three rounds to go.

Reigning MotoGP champion Marc Marquez was racing for teh first time surgery on a fracture to his left hand, sustained in a mountain bike accident. Lorenzo had sprained his left shoulder in a minibike accident.

Factory test riders Katsuyuki Nakasuga (Yamaha) and Takumi Takahashi (Honda) were making wild-card appearances for their home round, with countryman Kousuke Akiyoshi in place of the injured Karel Abraham...

1. Dani Pedrosa ESP Repsol Honda Team (RC213V) 46m 50.767s 2. Valentino Rossi ITA Movistar Yamaha MotoGP (YZR-M1) 46m 59.340s 3. Jorge Lorenzo ESP Movistar Yamaha MotoGP (YZR-M1) 47m 2.894s 4. Marc Marquez ESP Repsol Honda Team (RC213V) 47m 18.608s 5. Andrea Dovizioso ITA Ducati Team (Desmosedici GP15) 47m 25.852s 6. Cal Crutchlow GBR LCR Honda (RC213V) 47m 28.030s 7. Bradley Smith GBR Monster Yamaha Tech 3 (YZR-M1) 47m 28.434s 8. Katsuyuki Nakasuga JPN Yamaha Factory Racing (YZR-M1) 47m 35.421s 9. Hector Barbera ESP Avintia Racing (Desmosedici GP14 Open) 47m 39.339s 10. Scott Redding GBR Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS (RC213V) 47m 40.888s 11. Aleix Espargaro ESP Team Suzuki Ecstar (GSX-RR) 47m 51.302s 12. Takumi Takahashi JPN Team HRC (RC213V) 47m 51.978s 13. Nicky Hayden USA Aspar MotoGP Team (RC213V-RS) 48m 2.028s 14. Yonny Hernandez COL Octo Pramac Racing (Desmosedici GP14.2) 48m 4.663s 15. Mike Di Meglio FRA Avintia Racing (Desmosedici GP14 Open) 48m 6.188s 16. Alvaro Bautista ESP Factory Aprilia Gresini (RS-GP) 48m 11.274s 17. Eugene Laverty IRL Aspar MotoGP Team (RC213V-RS)* 48m 21.991s 18. Stefan Bradl GER Factory Aprilia Gresini (RS-GP) 48m 37.600s 19. Kousuke Akiyoshi JPN AB Motoracing (RC213V-RS) 48m 50.839s 20. Toni Elias SPA Forward Racing (Forward Yamaha) +1 lap
Pol Espargaro ESP Monster Yamaha Tech 3 (YZR-M1) DNF
Jack Miller AUS LCR Honda (RC213V-RS)* DNF
Maverick Vi?ales ESP Team Suzuki Ecstar (GSX-RR)* DNF
Loris Baz FRA Forward Racing (Forward Yamaha)* DNF
Andrea Iannone ITA Ducati Team (Desmosedici GP15) DNF
Danilo Petrucci ITA Octo Pramac Racing (Desmosedici GP14.2) DNF

Blue Name = Factory - Official MotoGP ECU hardware, unique manufacturer software.
20 litres of race fuel, 5 engine changes for the season. All engines identical throughout the year within the same team (development freeze). Black Name = Factory (with concessions) - Official MotoGP ECU hardware, unique manufacturer software.
Applicable to Factory entries by a manufacturer that did not achieve a dry win in 2013 (Ducati) or any new MotoGP manufacturers (Suzuki and Aprilia).
22 litres of race fuel for Ducati, 24 litres for Suzuki and Aprilia. Same 12 engine changes, softer rear tyre, no engine development freeze and extra testing opportunities as the Open Category. Fuel and soft tyre can change depending on top three results. Red Name = Open - Full official MotoGP ECU, hardware and software.
24 litres of race fuel, 12 engine changes, softer rear tyre, no engine development freeze and greater testing opportunities relative to Factory. * Rookie

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