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2009 MotoGP - Sepang Photo Gallery

The penultimate round of MotoGP descends on Malaysia to race around the Sepang circuit.

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Casey Stoner flashes his million dollar smile.
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Valentino Rossi signs a Jorge Lorenzo poster for a fan.
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Rizla Suzuki pit box at Sepang.
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Loris Capirossi works to put his Phillip Island fiasco behind him. He posted the ninth quickest lap.
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Randy De Puniet pilots his LCR Honda to the eighth fastest lap during free practice.
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In 2008, Andrea Dovizioso (4) finished on the podium in 3rd at Sepang.
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San Carlo Gresini Honda's Toni Elias would like to add a second podium finish during his 2009 season.
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Hoping for another premier class podium finish in 2009, Ducati Marlboro's Nicky Hayden will start in seventh on the grid.
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'Kentucky Kid' Nicky Hayden blasts down the Sepang circuit.
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Jorge Lorenzo is looking to secure second place in the championship by the end of Sepang.
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The Mallorcan is still suffering from some residual pain in his hand after his gravel trap excursion at Phillip Island.
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Dani Pedrosa displays his 'game' face at Sepang.
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Casey Stoner releases some pressure from the front forks during Friday's free practice session.
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Repsol Honda's Dani Pedrosa posted the third-quickest lap behind Casey Stoner.
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Fiat Yamaha's Valentino Rossi captured fourth in the free practice on Friday at Sepang.
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Rizla Suzuki's Chris Vermeulen graced the final top-ten spot during Friday's free practice session.
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Loris Capirossi's best qualifying position in 2009 has been a third-place start at Italy.
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The Sepang circuit was built with the concept of a 'natural stadium'.
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Rizla Suzuki's Loris Capirossi hopes to add a podium finish in 2009 at Sepang.
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Alex De Angelis appears to still be shopping for a 2010 ride and hopes a strong finish in the final two rounds keeps him in MotoGP.
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Randy De Puniet finished in third at the British Grand Prix this season. Prior to that, he captured second in Japan in 2007.
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In 2009, LCR Honda's Randy De Puniet highest grid position start has been 5th place.
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Last year at Sepang Repsol Honda's Andrea Dovizioso got his first premier class podium finish in third.
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'I've just got to get by as many of them as I can early on and try and make a break like I did in Phillip Island,' said Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Colin Edwards on his ninth-place grid start at Sepang.
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In 2008, Ducati Marlboro's Nicky Hayden tried his hand at the X-Games in the Supermoto event, but a crash during practice sat him out for the X-Games and Czech round of MotoGP.
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Nicky Hayden and the Ducati Desmosedici at Sepang.
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Fiat Yamaha's Jorge Lorenzo is the first rider to go three-from-three in his rookie season.
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The temperatures during Saturday's qualifying sessions reached a blistering 96 degrees, so drinking lots of fluids was crucial to the mental aspect.
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'I am happy that we were able to be back on the front row as this will be important, now we will just try our best to be in better shape for the race.'
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Taking his ninth-front row start in Sepang in Dani Pedrosa on his Repsol Honda RC212V.
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I wonder how many pairs of boots does Rossi go through in a single season doing to him dragging his foot.
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'It will be a very tough race, very demanding for sure, but we always look for the win and we will give all we have to make it happen,' said Dani Pedrosa.
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Valentino Rossi showcases his agility while setting up for a corner on the Sepang circuit.
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Ducati Marlboro's Casey Stoner is going to have a battle on his hands during the penultimate round of MotoGP. Pedrosa is gunning for his third-place position.
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Valentino Rossi won his ninth championship and seventh MotoGP title at Sepang.
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Fiat Yamaha's Jorge Lorenzo struggled during Saturday's qualifying before setting his fastest lap during the last part of the session.
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Gallina Vecchia! It means, The old chicken makes good soup, but it's no use for laying eggs. Valentino Rossi and his fans put together a trackside celebration poking fun at his age.
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Heavy rains caused delays and crashes but Ducati Marlboro's Casey Stoner splashed through the water and took the win at Sepang.
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Rainy conditions and little time for testing set-ups, left most making cautious laps early on.
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LCR Honda's Randy De Puniet crashed out during the last 3/4 of the race at Sepang.
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At times, it looked as though the riders would materialize out of thin air because the spray off the Sepang track was so thick.
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San Carlo Gresini Honda's Toni Elias may make the move to Scot Racing Honda for 2010.
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Ducati Marlboro pilot Nicky Hayden gave pause to Jorge Lorenzo at mid-race with the two playing cat & mouse.
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Jorge Lorenzo and Nicky Hayden traded places several times before Lorenzo made a pass stick, leaving Hayden to battle with Rossi.
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Fiat Yamaha Jorge Lorenzo and Valentino Rossi at Sepang.
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Repsol Honda's Dani Pedrosa captured his fourth second-place finish of 2009.
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Dani Pedrosa will have one more chance at the final round for third-place in the championship fight.
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'I finally achieved a podium in the wet so I’m really happy and I want to thank all the people who have helped in this process,' said Dani Pedrosa on his wet second-place finish.
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The top-three on the podium at Sepang.
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The Rizla Suzuki team of Chris Vermeulen and Loris Capirossi riding their second-to-last race together. Vermeulen moves to World Superbike for 2010.
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The Doctor hardly resembles an 'old chicken' as the 30-year old pops it up on one wheel for the crowd.
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While there may be some bad blood between the teammates, Jorge Lorenzo still congratulates Rossi on his title victory.
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Valentino Rossi leads Jorge Lorenzo around the Sepang circuit in very wet conditions.
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Casey Stoner crosses the line almost 18 seconds ahead of Pedrosa during the rain at Sepang.
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Valentino Rossi and Casey Stoner - two great riders and athletes.
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Scot Racing Gabor Talmacsi navigates his way under heavy rain to 17th at Malaysia.
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Chris Vermeulen will join Kawasaki World Superbike team in 2010.
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Valentino Rossi after winning his ninth championship title.
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Surprising that Fiat Yamaha's Valentino Rossi didn't ask to borrow the wig since The Doctor is known for his antics.
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Valentino Rossi makes his parade lap sporting his 'old chicken' outfit after clinching his seventh MotoGP title.
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Malaysia Rizla Suzuki Hotties