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Last year at Sepang: Capirossi won the race, Rossi took 7th title

Last year at Sepang: Capirossi won the race, Rossi took 7th title

Last year at Sepang: Capirossi won the race, Rossi took 7th title

Ducati's Loris Capirossi took his second victory in seven days, winning the Marlboro Malaysian Motorcycle Grand Prix ahead of Valentino Rossi, who secured his fifth consecutive title in the premier class, the seventh in his GP career.

Starting from pole position, Capirossi rode a brilliant race fending off the challenge of Rossi, who produced a strong comeback from seventh on grid to move up to 2nd by lap 8. The Gauloises Yamaha briefly took the lead by the mid-point of the race, but Capirossi regained the lead with 8 laps to go.

The late stages of the race saw Capirossi building up a comfortable advantage while Rossi was threatened by the blazing late charge from the other Ducati Marlboro rider, Carlos Checa. The Spaniard pushed hard in the last lap but couldn't attempt a move, and eventually finished just 0.077s adrift from Rossi.

Repsol Honda's Nicky Hayden took fourth after a strong start, ahead of factory colleagues Marco Melandri and Max Biaggi. Kenny Roberts was seventh on the Suzuki GSV-R, followed by Alex Barros and John Hopkins, while Colin Edwards completed the top 10.

Tags:
MotoGP, 2006, MARLBORO MALAYSIAN MOTORCYCLE G.P., Valentino Rossi, Loris Capirossi

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