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Gauloises Yamaha secure team title

Gauloises Yamaha secure team title

Gauloises Yamaha secure team title

Just six days after lifting the MotoGP title with Valentino Rossi in Malaysia, the Gauloises Yamaha Team were celebrating again yesterday as Valentino Rossi's record-breaking tenth victory of the season secured the Teams' World Championship at the Marlboro Grand Prix of Qatar.

Rossi became the first Yamaha rider ever to take his win total for a single season into double figures after an exhilarating last-lap battle with Marco Melandri. Rossi's victory was complemented by a fourth-place finish from team-mate Colin Edwards which gave the team an unassailable championship lead.

"What a race! For me that was the best of the season, it was so much fun," said Rossi. "I had bad memories from this circuit from last year so I really wanted to win and after practice yesterday I knew it was not impossible. I had two great rivals and all three of us showed that we were in very good shape until the end. We gave more than 100% and had a fantastic battle from the beginning to the end."

"I have to thank Yamaha and my whole team because my bike was very fast over the final few laps, which it needed to be because Marco Melandri was very strong and we had a great battle. He tried to pass me on the last lap but I was able to hold on and win – my tenth of the season. I am very, very happy."

Gauloises Yamaha team director Davide Brivio added, "We saw a fantastic race, scored another victory and won another title so of course we are delighted. Valentino clearly wanted to win the race after what happened last year and he came out on top of another incredible battle, so congratulations to him. Colin finished in fourth place, which is not what he had hoped for, but he scored some important points and closed the gap to second in the championship so we are happy for him."

"The team have worked extremely well since Thursday, finding the right set-up for both bikes early in the weekend and then just fine-tuning for the race. We've won the Teams' Championship and both riders have contributed to this, so congratulations to everybody. Both Valentino and Colin like Phillip Island so now we all looking forward to going to Australia in two weeks."

With the riders' and teams' titles now in the bag, Yamaha needs to be just 50 points clear after Phillip Island to clinch the Manufactures' Championship.


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