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Rossi : MotoGP World Champion 2009

Italy's Valentino Rossi secured his seventh world MotoGP crown after finishing third in the rain-delayed Malaysian Grand Prix in Sepang.

Rossi, 30, began in pole and only needed a top-four finish, with Yahama team-mate Jorge Lorenzo the only rider able to catch up in the standings.

Australian Casey Stoner won the race on his Ducati ahead of Spaniard Dani Pedrosa (Honda), with Lorenzo fourth.

The final race of the championship is in Valencia in two weeks.

Rossi, who is on 286 points in the standings ahead of Lorenzo (245) and Stoner (220), now has nine world titles in total.

"It was a difficult year," he said. "This race reflected how the season went - very tough, with some mistakes, some disappointing results.

Age may be getting older, but he still capable of making achievements. That is the theme of celebration of the written Rossi T-shirt 'Gallina Vecchia fa buon brodo' which roughly means 'good old chicken soup is made'.

Yes, Vale was getting older, is now entering the age of 30, his performance still shiny. Records were kept falling and he has now been signed as one of the legends Motogp because it's nine times a champion of the world.