John Hopkins seeking respite from the heat at Sepang - the chair he is using is a new prototype Alpine Stars chair with cooled upper and lower designed to lower the rider's core temperature on very hot days
Valentino looking for traction at the hot, humid Sepand circuit
The Ducati team celebrates Capirossi's Japanese GP victory in Sepand earlier in the week - heaven knows how they'll celebrate tonight
Capirossi also took his second consecutive pole - here he is congratulated by Ducati Marlboro Team technical director Corrado Cecchinelli
Loris Caprirossi drifts the Ducati during practice
Carlos Checa smokes up the Ducati during practice
The atmosphere in the Suzuki pits is far more upbeat as the team has found competitive settings, competitive Bridgestone tyres and extra horsepower towards the end of the season
Steam comes off Suzuki's John Hopkins as he settles into the Alpine Stars cooling chair
Ducati team-mates finished on the podium for the first time - things are looking up for the Italian team
Eearly on in the race, Nicky hayden kept company with the Italian duo but his tyres (the same as Rossi's) couldn't keep up.
The enthralling duel between friends lasted for most of the race
Loris gives Ducati its third MotoGP win - now for a title!
Rossi, apirossi and Checa on the podium
The start got very hectic very quickly
The hectic first lap
Snow White plants a kiss on Valentino with the seven dwarfs in the background - or is that eight dwarfs ?
Rossi on the podium
Jeremy Burgess and Valentino Rossi celebrate after the race - Burgess has now been crew chief for 11 world titles - one for Wayne Gardiner, five for Mick Doohan and five for Rossi
Rossi parties with the press
Look mum, seven titles!
Kenny Roberts might yet save his GP career with a few more rides like Sepang. Here he leads Checa, Biaggi, Barros, Hopkins and Edwards.
John Hopkins wore an Alpine Stars prototype body cooler onto the grid in 40 degree heat at Sepang
A few laps later and barros is being relegated downfield
The final lap saw Carlos Checa come within an few bike lengths of taking second place from Rossi
Quickly taking on the stigma of a jinxed man, Sete Gibernau has led more laps than anyone else in MotoGP this season, including Valentino Rossi
September 26, 2005 Complete report and image library: Valentino Rossi won his fifth consecutive World MotoGP title yesterday afternoon, though the race was won by Ducati-mounted Loris Capirossi who won his second Grand Prix in a week, giving Ducati its best ever MotoGP result when his team-mate Carlos Checa finished third. Having won a 125 and 250 title prior to his string of five consecutive MotoGP titles, Rossi’s championship t-shirt featured a Barry Sheene-style 7, for seven world titles, and a white commemorative helmet was created by AGV for the moment, also with the number 7 on it.
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