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MotoGPOctober 13, Race Results
MotoGP World Championship Grand Prix Round 14
Malaysia GP, Sepang

Rossi Second After Battling Sepang Race


Max Biaggi (Marlboro Yamaha) raced to his second victory of the inaugural MotoGP season to win an incident packed 21-lap race. Italian Biaggi stayed cool while all around him his rivals made costly mistakes, enabling him to ride the second part of the race at a controlled pace to beat fast finishing 2002 MotoGP Champion Valentino Rossi (REPSOL Honda) to the line by half a second.

Pacific GP winner Alex Barros (West Honda Pons) finished third after leading for the opening 11 laps of the 21-lap race. Barros finished the race a further one second down on Biaggi. Rossi's teammate Tohru Ukawa finished fourth, with Daijiro Kato in fifth place on the Team Fortuna Honda Gresini RC211V five-cylinder Honda.

Biaggi's victory brought him back to second place in the points standings. He now leads Ukawa by seven points with two races remaining in the 16-round series.

Fonsi Nieto (Telefonica MoviStar Repsol Aprilia) rekindled his hopes of taking the 250cc-world championship title when leading every lap of the 20-lap 250cc grand prix. Spaniard Nieto had gone into the race trailing series leader Marco Melandri (MS Aprilia) by 52-points, but Melandri struck problems from the start and retired from the race on lap two. Italian Melandri could only watch as Nieto reduced the deficit between them to 27-points with two rounds remaining in the 16-round series.

Nieto's teammate Toni Elias, Pacific GP winner, rode a copybook race in Nieto's shadow, protecting his rear from the Team Fortuna Honda Gresini of Roberto Rolfo, who took third place at the finish. Rolfo was well clear of the battle for fourth place, won by Sebastian Porto (Petronas Sprinta Yamaha) from the Aprilia's of Franco Battaini and Randy de Puniet. Emilio Alzamora finished eighth on the second Team Fortuna Honda Gresini NSR250.

Frenchman Arnaud Vincent (Imola Circuit Aprilia) strengthened his lead in the 125cc world championship with a well-timed victory at the end of a 21-lap thriller. Vincent beat home Dani Pedrosa (Telefonica Movistar Junior Team) and Lucio Cecchinello (Safilo Oxydo Aprilia). Reigning World Champion Manuel Poggiali (Gilera) was on the back of the top three going into the last corner but crashed, severely damaging his hopes of retaining his crown.

However, the reigning World Champion was given a lifeline by the flag man, who flagged off some riders one lap too early and forced the race directors to call the race results at the penultimate lap. At that point Pedrosa was holding third place behind Cecchinelo - the mistake by the race officials reversed the positions.

Poggiali now trails Vincent by 20-points with Pedrosa a further 17 behind in third place.


MotoGP World Championship Grand Prix Round 14
Malaysia GP, Sepang


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MotoGP
1 M.Biaggi (Yamaha)
2 V.Rossi (Honda RC211V)
3 A.Barros (Honda NSR500)
4 T.Ukawa (Honda RC211V)
5 D.Kato (Honda RC211V)
6 S.Nakano (Yamaha)
7 C.Checa (Yamaha)
8 K.Roberts Jr. (Suzuki)
9 L.Capirossi (Honda NSR500)
10 N.Abe (Yamaha)
11 A.Ryo (Suzuki)
12 J.McWilliams (Proton KR)
13 J-v.Goorbergh (Honda NSR500)
14 S.Gibernau (Suzuki)
15 G.Mccoy (Yamaha)
250cc
1 F.Nieto (Aprilia)
2 A.Elias (Aprilia)
3 R.Rolfo (Honda NSR250)
4 S.Porto (Yamaha)
5 F.Battaini (Aprilia)
6 R-D.Puniet (Aprilia)
7 N.Matsudo (Yamaha)
8 E.Alzamora (Honda NSR250)
9 S.Yuzy (Yamaha)
10 D.Checa (Aprilia)
11 C.Stoner (Aprilia)
12 H.Aoki (Honda RS250R)
13 R.Locatelli (Aprilia)
14 J.Vincent (Honda NSR250)
15 J.Hules (Yamaha)
125cc
1 A.Vincent (Aprilia)
2 L.Cecchinello (Aprilia)
3 D.Pedrosa (Honda RS125R)
4 M.Poggiali (Gilera)
5 P.Nieto (Aprilia)
6 S.Jenkner (Aprilia)
7 M.Kallio (Honda RS125R)
8 H.Barbera (Aprilia)
9 M.Azuma (Honda RS125R)
10 A-D.Angelis (Aprilia)
11 S.Sanna (Aprilia)
12 Y.Ui (Derbi)
13 J.Olive (Honda RS125R)
14 K.Nohles (Honda RS125R)
15 A.Dovizioso (Honda RS125R)


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