Pedrosa 'super happy' with Motegi win
2 October 2011 – Repsol Honda rider Dani Pedrosa was visibly delighted after securing his first ever Motegi MotoGP victory on Sunday afternoon, repeating his success from 125cc and 250cc racing. A mistake by Casey Stoner and ride-through penalty for Andrea Dovizioso paved the way for Pedrosa’s victory, before the Spaniard delivered some stunning times to fend off Yamaha rider Jorge Lorenzo.
"I'm super happy with this victory, for the team that has been working so well, for HRC because this is the first win in Motegi with the Repsol Honda Team and for myself because it is the first time I've won here in MotoGP after doing so in 125cc and 250cc," said Pedrosa.
"The race was strange at the beginning with Stoner and Dovi really fast on the first few laps, they pulled away and then Casey had some problem and Andrea had a ride through due to his jump start. I was alone in front with Lorenzo very close, but I tried to put my head down and push every lap to pull away.
"I'm really happy because at this track I've had a mix of good and bad results and some bad injuries, so come back one year later and win in MotoGP is fantastic."