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Rossi's title-winning races: 2003 Malaysian Grand Prix

Rossi's title-winning races: 2003 Malaysian Grand Prix

Rossi's title-winning races: 2003 Malaysian Grand Prix

In 2003, Valentino Rossi wrote himself into the record books once again with his third successive MotoGP World Championship title. The Italian took victory at the Marlboro Malaysian Motorcycle Grand Prix from his only remaining title rival Sete Gibernau, giving himself an insurmountable 63 point lead over the Spaniard with two rounds remaining. Rossi's 31st victory in his 62nd premier-class start sealed a fifth world title in total, having also taken the 125cc and 250cc crowns in 1997 and 1999 respectively.

As he did all season, Gibernau put up a brave fight after taking an early lead in the race, but Rossi wasted little time imposing his dominance, taking the lead on the eighth lap before opening up a clear winning margin of over two seconds. Max Biaggi completed the podium after a lonely ride to third place as he struggled to match the electric early pace of Rossi and Gibernau. Fellow Honda rider Nicky Hayden continued his excellent second half of the season with fourth, beating Yamaha's Carlos Checa on the final lap after an intense battle.

Loris Capirossi lightened another dismal weekend for Ducati with sixth place, three seconds ahead of Tohru Ukawa. Capirossi's team-mate Troy Bayliss was overhauled on the final lap by Shinya Nakano, who stole eighth. Makoto Tamada got a poor start from the front row and never recovered the excellent rhythm he had set in practice, crossing the line in a disappointing tenth place.

MotoGP, 2005, Valentino Rossi

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