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Rossi wins Malaysian MotoGP

October 19, 2008 14:48 IST

Newly crowned world champion Valentino Rossi won Sunday's Malaysia MotoGP to register his ninth win of the season.

The Italian took the lead halfway through the race and surged clear of his rivals to record a comfortable victory on his Yamaha in the penultimate event on the MotoGP calendar.

Spain's Dani Pedrosa finished second on a Honda after starting the race from pole position and leading for the first nine laps at the Sepang circuit.

Italian Andrea Dovizioso earned his first career podium finish in the sport's premier class when he reached the chequered flag third on a Honda just ahead of American Nicky Hayden.

Australian Casey Stoner, the 2007 world champion, finished sixth to wrap up second place in the championship with only next week's Valencia MotoGP to come.

Rossi wrapped up his sixth title in the sport's premier class in Japan last month and has won six of the last seven rounds. He finished runner-up to Stoner at the last round in Australia despite crashing heavily in qualifying and hurting his neck.

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