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Sepang 2004: Dovizioso takes title with second behind Stoner

Sepang 2004: Dovizioso takes title with second behind Stoner

Sepang 2004: Dovizioso takes title with second behind Stoner

Andrea Dovizioso became the fourth youngest World Champion in history thanks to second place in a 125cc race won by Casey Stoner last year at Sepang.

Whilst Stoner's victory was his first of the season, and the first ever for KTM since their introduction to Grand Prix racing, the headlines went to Dovizioso and Honda, who had an unerringly consistent season with just one result outside the top four from the fourteen races to that point.

Stoner made a typical early break from the pack and set a fast pace over the opening half of the race, matched only by Dovizioso. The Italian tucked in behind the Australian as potential title rival Hector Barberá crashed on the second lap followed by Jorge Lorenzo just a couple of laps later.

A podium finish was enough for Dovizioso but he had promised to fight for victory and took the challenge to Stoner all the way to the chequered flag. However, the Australian stood firm on the final lap and hung on to win by 0.029 seconds.

Alvaro Bautista completed the podium in third place after pulling away from Fabrizio Lai, and indeed Roberto Locatelli came through to beat Lai into fourth. Julian Simon secured his best ever result by taking sixth place.

Tags:
125cc, 2005, MARLBORO MALAYSIAN MOTORCYCLE GRAND PRIX, Andrea Dovizioso, Casey Stoner

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