Pedrosa, who started from pole on his Honda, was followed across the line by Yamaha’s Katsuyuki Nakasuga with Stoner, competing for the final time before retirement, in third.
Jorge Lorenzo, who clinched the world title last month, crashed out with 17 laps remaining. In tricky conditions, tyre selection was essential, with some of the riders starting on slicks and others on wet. Pedrosa managed to avoid any mishaps to clinch his seventh win of the season to end up with 332 points in the riders standings, in second behind Lorenzo on 350, with Stoner bowing out in third place on 254 points.
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