Results of the rain-soaked MotoGP race at Sepang:
Casey Stoner put in a completely dominant display at Sepang to take a convincing victory. The Australian took half a lap to get past Dani Pedrosa and take the lead, and the Ducati rider never looked back. Stoner had a lead of 6 seconds by the end of lap 3, and went on to win by nearly 15 seconds, after backing off a little in the latter part of the race.
Dani Pedrosa took 2nd position, after coming under heavy pressure from team mate Andrea Dovizioso, but Dovi crashed out on lap 15. Finishng in 3rd place, Valentino Rossi sealed his 7th MotoGP title, and his 9th title overall, after an impressive display of riding through the field. The Italian got a terrible start from pole, crossing the line in 10th at the end of the first lap, 2 places behind his team mate Jorge Lorenzo who had been forced to start from the back of the grid, after problems with his bike meant Lorenzo had to start the warm up lap from the pit lane. Both Rossi and Lorenzo cut their way through the field, Rossi coming out on top to clinch the World Championship.
Rossi's celebration involved an old chicken. He pulled on a t-shirt bearing the slogan "Gallina Vecchia" and the number 9. Rossi later explained that it was because of an old Italian saying "Old hens make the best soup." Rossi has felt under siege from the three much younger members of the Fantastic Four, and especially from his 22-year-old team mate, and the reference to gallina vecchia or old hens is a reference to that.
|12||15||Alex DE ANGELIS||HONDA||48'26.681||1'01.847|
|4||Andrea DOVIZIOSO||HONDA||31'59.321||7 laps|
|14||Randy DE PUNIET||HONDA||2'28.718||20 laps|