Vale rules again, Rossi won the Malaysian Grand Prix in nerve shattering style to bolster his championship chances and continue his late season show of form. The final five laps contained a change of the lead between Rossi and Capirossi on almost every turn. But as they entered the final bend on the last lap both ran wide with Rossi recovering quicker to take the full 25 points.
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One of the closest MotoGP World Championships in history heads into its final stage this weekend as the series heads out to Malaysia for the first of a five-race spell across three continents. Races at Sepang, Phillip Island (Australia), Motegi (Japan), Estoril (Portugal) and Valencia (Spain), will decide the destiny of a title which for the past five seasons has been lifted by Yamaha superstar Valentino Rossi. For the Italian to retain that honour he must turn around a 38-point deficit to current leader Nicky Hayden (Honda), although no fewer than nine riders still have the mathematical odds to take the honours.