Malaysia MotoGP: Final Race Results

Sepang MotoGP

Jorge Lorenzo was confirmed as the 2010 FIM MotoGP World Champion on Sunday at Sepang, as the 23 year-old Fiat Yamaha rider rode to a third place finish in the Shell Advance Malaysian Motorcycle Grand Prix.

It was a thrilling race that was won by Valentino Rossi, as the Italian took his first victory since the season opener in Qatar, on a day on which his great rival and current teammate celebrated his first premier class title.

Pole sitter Lorenzo got off to a fantastic start and led into turn one as the race got underway, but Rossi’s getaway from the starting grid was not so swift and he had dropped as low as 11th on the opening lap.

Casey Stoner (Ducati Team) suffered a huge disappointment when he crashed out of the race on the opening lap.

Andrea Dovizioso (Repsol Honda) stuck with Lorenzo and the pair established a slight gap at the front, but by only the third lap Rossi had recovered to fourth position as he set his sights on the leaders.

Soon he was into third and closing quickly on Dovizioso.

Rossi was repeatedly laying down fast laps as he homed in on the leading duo and, just past the midway point of the race, the Italian took the lead, having first passed Lorenzo and then Dovizioso. The two Italians swapped first position again in what was a thrilling fight to the end.

Rossi was not to be denied his second win of the season however and crossed the line 0.224s ahead of Dovizioso, with Lorenzo in third and cementing the 2010 title with his 13th podium of the season as the celebrations started.

Ben Spies (Monster Yamaha Tech 3) took fourth position with rookie Álvaro Bautista (Rizla Suzuki) equalling his season’s best result in fifth. Nicky Hayden (Ducati Team) and Hiroshi Aoyama (Interwetten Honda MotoGP) followed, with Marco Simoncelli (San Carlo Honda Gresini) eighth having battled closely with former 250cc rival Aoyama.

Marco Melandri (San Carlo Honda Gresini) and Randy de Puniet (LCR Honda) completed the top ten.

MotoGP Results | Sepang, Sunday, October 10, 2010

12546Valentino ROSSIITAFiat Yamaha TeamYamaha162.241’03.448
2204Andrea DOVIZIOSOITARepsol Honda TeamHonda162.1+0.224
31699Jorge LORENZOSPAFiat Yamaha TeamYamaha161.8+6.035
41311Ben SPIESUSAMonster Yamaha Tech 3Yamaha161.3+13.676
51119Alvaro BAUTISTASPARizla Suzuki MotoGPSuzuki161.1+15.402
61069Nicky HAYDENUSADucati TeamDucati160.9+18.826
797Hiroshi AOYAMAJPNInterwetten Honda MotoGPHonda160.8+20.218
8858Marco SIMONCELLIITASan Carlo Honda GresiniHonda160.6+23.574
9733Marco MELANDRIITASan Carlo Honda GresiniHonda160.6+23.964
10614Randy DE PUNIETFRALCR Honda MotoGPHonda160.1+31.850
11540Hector BARBERASPAPaginas Amarillas AsparDucati159.7+38.579
12436Mika KALLIOFINPramac Racing TeamDucati159.6+38.849
  5Colin EDWARDSUSAMonster Yamaha Tech 3Yamaha111.06 Laps
Not Classified
  41Aleix ESPARGAROSPAPramac Racing TeamDucati158.314 Laps
  65Loris CAPIROSSIITARizla Suzuki MotoGPSuzuki158.016 Laps
Not Starting
  27Casey STONERAUSDucati TeamDucati 0 Lap