The win in Malaysia is Valentino Rossi’s first ever since he was forced to stop racing temporarily due to an injury. At Sepang, Rossi began from pole position but by the first corner, he had lost several positions. However, he was able to recover and take the win, his second for the season.
Nonetheless, the FIAT Yamaha Team also celebrated the win of his teammate Jorge Lorenzo, who won third place, behind Honda’s Andrea Dovizioso, to secure his first ever title in the MotoGP.
Lorenzo only needed to come in 9th place in Malaysia but he began the race flawlessly and he took the leading spot immediately, while he was trailed by Dovizioso and Casey Stoner of Ducati.
At the end of Lap 1, Stoner crashed out. Meanwhile, Rossi fell to the 11th place after a poor start. But then, Rossi climbed steadily until he finally landed third place after Lorenzo and Divizioso by lap 8. One lap later, Lorenzo was overtaken by Rossi and Dovizioso.
A few kilometers down the race, Rossi was able to finally get the lead. Starting from that point, Lorenzo remained stuck on 3rd place. Before getting to the finish line, Rossi and Dovizioso swapped the lead spot a couple of times. It was such a tight race; in fact, Rossi won the race with less than a quarter of a second ahead of Honda’s Dovizioso.
The 6-month period before this triumph in Malaysia is actually the longest time that Rossi didn’t get a MotoGP victory. The last time that Rossi won was earlier part of the year, in the season opening Qatar GP.
Coming in fourth place was Tech 3 Yamaha’s Ben Spies, who was able to overtake Marco Simoncelli in the later part of the race. Simoncelli was impressive during the first half of the race but was overtaken by former 250cc rival Alvaro Bautista, Nicky Hayden and Hiroshi Aoyama and had to settle for eight place.