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Rossi's title-winning races: the 2001 Australian GP

Rossi's title-winning races: the 2001 Australian GP

Rossi's title-winning races: the 2001 Australian GP

Valentino Rossi clinched his first title in the premier class back in 2001 after a stunning victory by 0.013 seconds over Max Biaggi at the Australian Grand Prix. In doing so the Italian became only the second rider of all time, alongside the legendary Phil Read, to take the 125, 250 and 500 crowns having maintained his record of winning the title in his second season in each class. Capirossi fittingly completed the podium in Australia that day, the Italian trio having dominated the season, after an incredible comeback from thirteenth place after three laps.

It was the most open 500 event of the whole year with Barros and Haga both taking turns at the head of the field before Rossi, Biaggi and Capirossi eventually went head to head with ten laps remaining. All three riders led the race, but it was the classic duel between Rossi and Biaggi which aptly concluded the title battle. Barros, Jacque and Haga stayed with the lead group throughout, with the Brazilian taking fourth place and Ukawa charging through to snatch fifth on the line. Jacque took sixth ahead of team-mate Nakano, who also made a late surge to seal seventh in a photo finish with Haga, eighth.

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MotoGP, 2005, MARLBORO MALAYSIAN MOTORCYCLE GRAND PRIX, Valentino Rossi

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