Dani Pedrosa came through for his employer Honda at the Honda-owned Motegi circuit earlier today by winning the race ahead of second place Jorge Lorenzo (Yamaha) and third place Casey Stoner (Honda). Stoner led early on, but ran off the track and had to work his way up to the podium. Valentino Rossi (Ducati) crashed on the opening lap and retired unhurt.
Stoner has a 40 point lead in the championship over Lorenzo with three rounds remaining. For additional details, results and points, visit the official MotoGP site.