The Japanese round of the MotoGP series was held at the Motegi circuit earlier today, with Ducati’s Casey Stoner taking his second straight victory in convincing style ahead of second place Andrea Dovizioso (Honda) and third place Valentino Rossi (Yamaha). In the final three laps, Rossi and teammate Jorge Lorenzo touched on more than one occasion as they battled furiously for the final podium spot. Despite passing Rossi on the final lap, Lorenzo had to settle for fourth place.
Following the injury to Dani Pedrosa (Honda) earlier this weekend, which has already resulted in successful surgery to repair his broken collarbone, Lorenzo has substantially increased his points lead. Pedrosa remains in second place in the points, but his participation in upcoming rounds is questionable at this point. For additional details, results and points, visit the official MotoGP site here.