World champion Marc Marquez fought his way from seventh place on the starting grid to win the Malaysian MotoGP on Sunday (Nov 4), as veteran Valentino Rossi crashed out while leading four laps from the end.
Last month in Japan, Marquez wrapped up his fifth world title with three races to spare, but looked like having to settle for second in front of nearly 104,000 fans on Sunday at the Sepang International Circuit.
Italian star Rossi, a nine-time world champion who has struggled recently to find form against younger foes, appeared on course for his first win in Malaysia since 2010 after a strong start from second on the grid put him firmly in the lead.
Marquez wrapped up his fifth world title with three races to spare in Japan last month but looked like having to settle for second in from of almost 104 000 fans at the Sepang International Circuit.
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However Marquez, who qualified in pole position but was hit with a six-place grid penalty for impeding another rider, slowly worked his way through the pack.
"The start was not ideal but then I started to take out the riders step-by-step", said Marquez.
"It was the best way to celebrate the championship".
Suzuki's Alex Rins came in second after overtaking Yamaha rider Johann Zarco, who finished third, in the final stage of a hard-fought race at Sepang in baking-hot temperatures.
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Italian Andrea Dovizioso was sixth behind Honda's Dani Pedrosa to ensure he will finish second in the championship ahead of Rossi, who crossed the line in 18th.
Hafizh Syahrin, who became the first Malaysian rider to compete this season in MotoGP, was 10th on his Yamaha despite starting at the back of the grid.
South Africa's Brad Binder finished eighth on his Red Bull KTM, following a tough qualifying, and still he lies in third place in the rider's championship.
The Spaniard saw Alvaro Bautista replace him last weekend in Australia, however, Ducati brought Pirro along in case of this situation and the Italian will get the ride in Malaysia.
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