Honda MotoGP rider Dani Pedrosa of Spain celebrates after he crossed the finish line to win the Japanese Grand Prix at the Twin Ring Motegi circuit in Motegi, north of Tokyo, Japan, October 11, 2015. REUTERS/Issei Kato
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Dani Pedrosa came from behind to grab his first win of the season in stunning fashion at the Japan Grand Prix Sunday, while championship leader Valentino Rossi finished second.The results meant the Italian stretched his points lead over his closest rival Lorenzo to 18, with three more races to go, followed by distant third Marc Marquez.Lorenzo quickly overtook the Italian on the following straight and began building up a long lead – until Pedrosa started to speed up halfway through the race.Pedrosa started from the sixth on the grid and stayed fourth in early laps, but demonstrated an electrifying charge from lap 15 of the 24-lap race when he caught and past Rossi.Rossi attempted to keep up with Pedrosa, and quickly caught Lorenzo.Pedrosa said he focused on keeping his lap time consistent, while the track condition began to change.Mathematically, Rossi, the seven-time world champion in motorcycling's top division, can claim his first title since 2009 if he finishes second in the next three races, even if Lorenzo collects three more wins.
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