2010 MotoGP Sepang Malaysia Sunday race results-Rossi's Race, Lorenzo's Crown

Rossi Malaysia MotoGP

Fiat Yamaha's Jorge Lorenzo won the 2010 MotoGP World Championship with a a measured ride to third place in a race won by his teammate Valentino Rossi in the sweltering heat of Sepang, Malaysia.

Unlike last week in Japan, when Rossi and Lorenzo battled hard the final two laps, which displeased both Lorenzo and Yamaha but not Rossi, the Spaniard stayed out of the way while Rossi tussled with fellow Italian Andrea Dovizioso.

Lorenzo had led from the pole and for the first eight laps before Dovizioso made a clean pass for the lead. Meanwhile, Rossi was making up for a dismal start-he was ninth after the first lap-by quickly slicing through the field: He was in third by the fourth lap.

Lorenzo stayed close for much of the second half of the 20-lap race before wisely choosing to finish a secure third to secure his first premier class title.

"This is a dream come true for me today, I can't really believe it yet," Lorenzo said. "I need five minutes on my own just to relax, enjoy the quiet and take in what I have done! This is something I have always wanted and something I've dreamed of my whole life, so it is the most incredible moment for me. It is difficult to find the words to thank everyone, I am just so happy, but I have to say thank you to Yamaha, my team and everyone who has made this happen.

"I started very well today, I didn't lose any positions but then Andrea (Dovizioso) and Valentino (Rossi) came past me and I wasn't riding as well as I could have, so I didn't want to push too much. Anyway I knew that winning the race wasn't the most important thing this time. I had to just put myself on autopilot and get the points I needed. Now we can relax and enjoy the last three races of the championship, but first of all we are looking forward to celebrating tonight!"."

Lorenzo and Yamaha are at the center of a number of records in Sepang. The premier class title was Spain’s second-Alex Criville won the 500cc title in 1999-but the first in MotoGP. The championship was Yamaha’s 14th rider title since Giacomo Agostini won Yamaha’s first crown in 1975. Now Lorenzo adds his name to the Yamaha list of premier class champions that includes, Ago, Kenny Roberts, Eddie Lawson, Wayne Rainey, and Rossi. The race win marked Rossi’s 46 on a Yamaha, equal to his race number. It also ended Rossi’s premier class winning drought at nine, the longest since he won his first 500cc race at Donington Park in 2000.

"Get back on the victory, and also with this race, is very important for me," Rossi said. "It make me so, so happy.

"So this is the 46th victory with Yamaha, so is so important. I have to try. I know this today after the warm-up I can do, because I have a great pace, but I start in the worst way because I miss the start. I was 11th on the first lap. But straight away I understand that I have a great pace, so lap by lap I was coming back. And when I was behind Dovi and Jorge I have 1.5 second and it was 1.5 seconds longer of my career. At the end, so like in Motegi, Dovi never give up and I have to give all, all, all my energy."

The energy in Motegi was spent battling Lorenzo, who complained bitterly to Yamaha. Rossi thought it was good close racing, and after beating Lorenzo for the first time since the season-opener in Qatar, Rossi’s only other win this season, he said, he had to “congratulate Jorge for the championship. He’s a great champion and in the future will be a great fight, I think."

Dovi put up a great fight with Rossi, but wasn’t able to make a pass stick in the final laps.

"Unfortunately, the last brake I wasn’t close enough to overtake him in the middle of the corner, because he brake a little bit too late and arrive too long," Dovizioso began, "but anyway the second position is perfect. I mean, the victory, we believe in the victory, but last year we take 40 seconds from first rider in the middle of the season; we couldn’t get a podium. Now we’re fighting for the victory in two races."

The American contingent had a mostly good day in Sepang, thought it could’ve been better. Monster Yamaha Tech 3’s Ben Spies finished the first and last laps in fourth, but in between fell back as far as sixth. Spies re-passed Marco Simoncelli (San Carlo Honda Gresini) on the 14th of 20 laps to take back fourth. For the final six laps, the Texan sped away from a fight that would involve fellow Yank Nicky Hayden.

Hayden became Ducati Marlboro’s lone rep on the first lap when teammate Casey Stoner crashed. The crash was surprising since Stoner had won the previous two races on very different circuits. “I'm bitterly disappointed with this weekend," Stoner said. "Going into that race we were confident of a good result. We knew we would be at the front challenging for the win and watching the race confirmed that. I know I had the pace to be up there. "On the first lap I was calm, I made up some positions in the first two corners and when I got behind Dovizioso and Lorenzo I was happy to stay there and let the tires get up to temperature. Unfortunately I crashed because they weren't warm enough but I don't think I could have been more careful over those opening laps. I'm so disappointed that such a small thing can ruin an entire weekend.”

Hayden ran third for the first two laps before inevitably slipping back. Hayden had qualified second, but not with any kind of consistent pace. He dropped as far back as eighth, while in a pack with Simoncelli, Rizla Suzuki’s Alvaro Bautista, and Interwetten Honda MotoGP’s Hiroshi Aoyama, all former 250 rivals.

Less than two laps from the end, Simoncelli ran into Aoyama while trying to make a pass, and Hayden snuck by to claim sixth. Aoyama stayed upright to finish seventh, with Super Sic eighth. Bautista had earlier broken away to take fifth, a career best in the MotoGP class.

"After qualifying and even warm-up this morning we were confident we could have a good race and put up a better fight than that," Hayden said. "I got a decent start but I was struggling for feel under braking, I don't know why. It has been a strong point for us all weekend but in the race I had no feeling from the front tire from the first corner and couldn't brake how I wanted. It made life difficult, especially when it came to battling with other riders. "Sixth isn't a terrible result but we thought we could put up a stronger fight here. Now we have a couple of days to regroup and hopefully come back stronger at Phillip Island.”

San Carlo Honda Gresini’s Marco Melandri was ninth, with Randy de Puniet (LCR Honda) further back in tenth.

Stoner wasn’t the only non-finisher. Rizla Suzuki’s Loris Capirossi had an electrical failure on the fifth lap. On the next lap, Pramac Racing’s Aleix Espargaro (Ducati) crashed out of last. Colin Edwards (Monster Yamaha Tech 3) crashed on the ninth lap and rode around to finish 13th, and six laps less than the leaders.

In the race prior to MotoGP, Gresini Racing’s Toni Elias (Moriwaki) won the first ever Moto2 World Championship by finishing fourth. The race was won by Roby Rolfo over Alex de Angelis.

MotoGP Results:

1. Valentino Rossi (ITA) Yamaha

2. Andrea Dovizioso (ITA) Honda

3. Jorge Lorenzo (SPA) Yamaha

4. Ben Spies (USA) Yamaha

5. Alvaro Bautista (SPA) Suzuki

6. Nicky Hayden (USA) Ducati

7. Hiroshi Aoyama (JAP) Honda

8. Marco Simoncelli (ITA) Honda

9. Marco Melandri (ITA) Honda

10. Randy de Puniet (FRA) Honda

11. Hector Barbera (SPA) Ducati

12. Mika Kallio (FIN) Ducati