Max Biaggi finally broke his four-stroke duck with a win in the searing heat of Sepang in Sunday’s Malaysian round of the MotoGP calendar.
The Malboro Yamaha rider benefited from the three-way scrap for second between the Honda RCVs of Valenino Rossi, Alex Barros and Tohru Ukawa.
Biaggi took the lead from Barros on lap 12 and was handed the race two laps later when Rossi ran wide, taking Barros with him. Biaggi went on to take the win by half a second.
1)M Biaggi 2)V Rossi 3)A Barros 4)T Ukawa 5)D Kato 6)S Nakano 7)C Checa 8)K Roberts 9)L Capirossi 10)N Abe 11) A Ryo 12)J McWilliams 13)J van de Goorbergh 14)S Gibernau 15)G McCoy 16)JL Cardoso 17)R Laconi 18)J Hopkins 19)A Pitt
Fonsi Nieto closed he gap on series leader Marco Melandri with a win and a disastrous mechanical breakdown for Melandri on the opening lap.
1)F Nieto 2)T Elias 3)R Rolfo 4)S Porto 5)F Battaini 6)R de Puniet 7)N Matsudo 8)E Alzamora 9)S Yuzy 10)D Checa…14)J Vincent…17)L Haslam
There was a farcical end to an amazing 125 race when a Malaysian official waved the chequered flag a lap early.
Defending champion Manuel Poggiali crashed out on the last lap, but was re-instated in fourth place after consultation with FIM regulations.
1)A Vincent 2)L Cecchinello 3)D Pedrosa 4)M Poggiali 5)P Nieto 6)S Jenkner 7)M Kallio 8)H Barbera 9)M Azuma 10)A de Angelis…25)C Davies