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Rolfo's win, Elias's title at Sepang

Roby Rolfo leads Andrea Iannone and Toni Elias at SepangRoby Rolfo withstood immense pressure from fellow Italian Alex de Angelis to win a cracking Malaysian Moto2 Grand Prix and in the process score his first world championship victory since Jerez 2004.

The 30-year-old Italtrans STR Suter rider needed all of his experience to outfox fellow veteran de Angelis on the last lap as the pair circulated as one, with the Motobi rider frequently ducking out of the tow, but ultimately in vain.

Toni Elias was crowned the first ever Moto2 champion with fourth place after a similarly breathless fight with Andrea Iannone for third place.

That position eventually went to Iannone after the pair had dropped off an absorbing four-way fight for the lead in the final few laps.

Iannone, who led for several laps himself before making a couple of mistakes on lap 15, eventually managed to maintain third from the Spanish Gresini rider.

Elias didn't care though, a world title finally in his pocket, he stopped on the slowdown lap to change into a silver suit for the inevitable celebration.

Elias's only challenger for the championship, Julian Simon, self-imploded with two huge mistakes within a lap of one another early on.

The Spaniard had dropped to ninth from pole, but fought his way back into the leading group only to send his Aspar-run Suter down the road at the quick right-hander behind the pits on lap eight. By that stage though he was suffering from red mist, having already backed the bike up at Turn 2, dropping back to ninth.

He rejoined to eventually finish 21st, releasing Elias from any remaining championship pressure to focus on the fight at the front.

Alex Debon, who is set to retire at the end of the year, made it a good day for the veterans with fifth place. That position had previously been occupied by Scott Redding, but the young Briton was eventually forced to retire through exhaustion in the extreme humidity.

Karel Abraham eventually took sixth following a massive battle with Stefan Bradl and Dominique Aegerter. Jules Cluzel and Simone Corsi completed the top 10.

Pos  Rider                  Bike            Time/Gap
 1.  Roberto Rolfo          Suter         41m09.412s
 2.  Alex de Angelis        Motobi          + 0.040s
 3.  Andrea Iannone         Speed Up        + 5.915s
 4.  Toni Elias             Moriwaki        + 6.322s
 5.  Alex Debon             FTR            + 11.912s
 6.  Karel Abraham          FTR            + 12.458s
 7.  Stefan Bradl           Suter          + 12.519s
 8.  Dominique Aegerter     Suter          + 12.589s
 9.  Jules Cluzel           Suter          + 15.010s
10.  Simone Corsi           Motobi         + 16.707s
11.  Hector Faubel          Suter          + 20.179s
12.  Alex Baldolini         ICP            + 20.462s
13.  Yonny Hernandez        BQR            + 21.638s
14.  Michael Ranseder       Suter          + 22.388s
15.  Claudio Corti          Suter          + 24.512s
16.  Ratthapark Wilairot    Bimota         + 26.366s
17.  Axel Pons              Pons Kalex     + 30.730s
18.  Kenny Noyes            Promoharris    + 31.080s
19.  Fonsi Nieto            Moriwaki       + 32.239s
20.  Valentin Debise        ADV            + 33.804s
21.  Julian Simon           Suter          + 39.448s
22.  Mohamad Zamri Baba     Moriwaki       + 46.031s
23.  Joan Olive             Promoharris    + 47.257s
24.  Anthony West           MZ             + 50.058s
25.  Kazuki Watanabe        Suter          + 50.830s
26.  Mike di Meglio         Suter          + 51.971s
27.  Robertino Pietri       Suter          + 59.155s
28.  Hiromichi Kunikawa     Bimota       + 1m16.759s
29.  Mashel Al Naimi        BQR          + 1m43.949s


     Gabor Talmacsi         Speed Up     13 laps
     Scott Redding          Suter        13 laps
     Sergio Gadea           Pons Kalex   13 laps
     Raffaele De Rosa       Tech 3       10 laps
     Yuki Takahashi         Tech 3       8 laps
     Thomas Luthi           Moriwaki     7 laps
     Vladimir Ivanov        Moriwaki     6 laps
     Javier Fores           Bimota       6 laps
     Ferruccio Lamborghini  Moriwaki     6 laps
     Yannick Guerra         Moriwaki     1 lap
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