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Rossi celebrates title in Malaysia

Rossi celebrates title in Malaysia

Rossi celebrates title in Malaysia

Valentino Rossi successfully defended his MotoGP World Championship title with a second-placed finish in the Marlboro Malaysian Motorcycle Grand Prix on Sunday. Rossi clinched the title for Yamaha with four races to spare after a daring battle for victory with Loris Capirossi. Rossi started from seventh on the grid but swiftly arrived at the front and took the challenge to Capirossi until the final seven laps, when the Ducati rider launched an unstoppable charge to the chequered flag.

"I am very happy because I gave more than 100% in the race today," said Rossi. "We have been in trouble all weekend and this morning I wasn't sure if I would finish on the podium. But I got a good start and rode a clever race whilst other riders seemed nervous and made mistakes. Little by little I moved to the front and I felt comfortable with the bike. I passed Hayden and then swapped positions with Capirossi a couple of times. In the last seven laps he changed gear and I couldn't chase him. Anyway, I am World Champion for the seventh time, which is incredible!"

Before returning to the parc fermé ahead of the traditional podium ceremony, Rossi stopped for a new trademark antic with the members of his fan-club: he fitted a commemorative T-shirt and helmet sporting the number 7 corresponding to his World Championship crowns, and was greeted by Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, each one representing a title.


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