Dani Pedrosa hopes to trim Lorenzo’s lead at Sepang GP
KUALA LUMPUR - Agence France-Presse
Dani Pedrosa. ABACA PRESS photoTitle-hopeful Dani Pedrosa will attempt to snatch his third victory in a row at the Malaysian Grand Prix this weekend as he battles Yamaha ace Jorge Lorenzo for his first ever MotoGP crown.
With just three rounds remaining this season, including Sepang, Pedrosa trails his fellow Spaniard Lorenzo by 28 points following his impressive win in Japan as the Honda rider picks up crucial points for the title bid.
Nonetheless, Lorenzo’s lead effectively means he can be assured of the title by finishing at least third in the last three races regardless of what Pedrosa secures.
Pedrosa now has 282 points against 310 for Lorenzo.
The Motegi win was Pedrosa’s second consecutive victory after taking Aragon in September, and his fifth this season. He was a former 125cc and two-time 250cc world champion.
It will be a very emotional return to the Sepang track, where the late Honda rider Marco Simoncelli lost his life during last year’s Oct. 23 race.
Pedrosa is on a roll, though he likely needs to win every remaining race in order to stand a chance at taking the championship.
With 75-points still on offer, Lorenzo is looking strong but seems unable to hold Pedrosa’s fast pace.
The Mallorcan however has said he will go to Malaysia to win.